A century from 3rd XI captain Patrick McKenna highlighted a mixed day for the Camberwell Magpies on Day 1 of our Round 6 clash with Casey South Melbourne on Saturday.
In the club’s first match for the season in the longer format of the game, the Thirds compiled 7/293 from their 66 overs at Casey Fields #5.
In an exemplary captain’s knock, Paddy’s 111 anchored the innings, and he received strong support from two new players to the club in Dan Walker (62) at the top and Mandeep Oberoi (65*) at number seven.
Next door at Casey Fields #4, the 1st XI made some early inroads on the Swans’ top order after electing to bowl on a wicket sporting a greenish tinge.
At 6/123, the Magpies’ decision to stick the opposition in looked like a masterstroke, but the significant flattening out of the wicket after lunch and some stubborn lower order resistance saw the Swans grind it out to 8/242 at the end of the day’s play.
Nevertheless, it was a disciplined effort from the Magpies’ bowling group, with Matt Whittaker (3/59), the returning Mark Dwyer (3/60) and Will Walker (2/73) the wicket takers.
The 2nd XI endured a day they will be looking to quickly erase from their memories. After losing the toss on a Camberwell Sportsground wicket bearing similarities to Bowen Street running adjacent to the ground, a combination of excellent batting and inconsistent bowling saw the Swans knock up a mammoth 4/414 after 96 overs.
On a day where runs flowed freely, Adi Narayana’s 3/84 off 19 overs was clearly the standout performance, meaning the batting group will have a big task ahead of them when they get their chance with the stick on Saturday.
The 4th XI game hangs in the balance after the Magpies were bowled out for 188 at Watson Park.
After being sent in, the Magpies’ batting effort teetered at times before Ollie Chauhan provided the backbone for the innings with 88 batting at first drop, while first year players Nimit Disai (21) and Alok Bist (18) frustrated the opposition bowling attack with solid contributions at 10 and 11 respectively.
In reply, the Swans are 1/1 after facing five overs before stumps; captain Neil Gray stepping up to the plate to take a handy wicket with his probing off-rollers.
This weekend will see our two-day match against the Swans wrap up on the Saturday, before the 1st and 2nd XIs back up on the Sunday to replay the Round 1 fixture (previously washed out) against Melbourne University.