GOOD START ROUND 1
The Dandenong Panthers started well in Round 1 with all 4 mens sides inning against Frankston. The ones comfortably passed Frankston's score 3 down earning a bonus point along the way. You can read the Journal's Nick Creely's assessment here.
The seconds were away quickly with wickets to Wetering and Butterfield. Matt was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets with the others shared around. Koby Brann debuted with two leg side stumpings in a polished display and the Heat were dismissed for 214, about 40 more than they should have got. Other highlights were two scintillating catches to Peter Sweeney and Justin Butterfield. The Panthers had little trouble passing the total one down with a well paced chase. Dylan Quirk was trapped in front early but then Josh Slater 96 no and Comrey Edgeworth 87no combined for a 200 run partnership.
Out at Frankston the threes we were askedeto bowl and new recruit Josh Murray relished the opportunity with two early wickets in an impressive performance. They fell steadily until all were out for 79 in the 35th over with all bowlers bowling economically and Luke Gandy leading wicket taker with 4. What should have been a comfortable chase turned quite sour with 5 bats out for less than 3. A partnership of 27 between Dane Heverin (18) and Theo Lawson (27) in his first game with us steadied the ship but at 8 for 71, we were still in a lot of danger. Matt Davis got us over the line with the help of 16 wides and earned us a shaky bonus point.
The fours also lost the toss and bowled on Wilson. Matt Langley was asked to open with his spin and quickly had them tied up. Three quick wickets to him and assistance from Ulhaque had them 4 for 23 before some consolidation allowed them to reach 147 in 31 overs. Matt returned his best figures for us with 5 for 17 off 7.3 overs. 17 wides and 7 no balls means that there is a lot of improvement possible.
In response we were much more patient in our batting but still a few too many bats out to rash shots meant we had to rely on some poor bowling (42 wides) to get home. Kurt Pereira, Kim Drew and Mark Boraston edged us closer but at 8 for 124 we were in deep trouble. The last half hour was tense with many plays and misses but both Matt Langley (16no) and Taylor Hanigan (22no) kept their heads and finished the game off with a big six. Well done.
The women took to Shepley in their historic first match keen to do well but some early bad luck and a missed chance opened the door to Box Hill who then capitalised fully with an opening partnership of 120. This was brilliantly broken through a direct hit by Chelsea Moscript finding Hawley short of her ground. They progressed on to 170 without further loss before the reintroduction of Garth produced four wickets rapidly. The side applied themselves well following Box Hill's rapid start and what looked like at least a 260 score was contained to 214. Gart, with 4 for 18 was the standout with most other bowlers troubled by a fierce, blustery wind.
In reply we were away safe and steadily but were in trouble when we forced the pace. Jessica Matin showed her class with 39 and her partnership with Kim Garth kept us in the game, all being outsiders. Laura Croft and Shelly Hart continued in the same vein, keeping the ask at a bit over 6 an over through their spell together. In the end we were just not able to get the ball away and score quickly enough and finished 17 short with Laura not out 56 and the side with plenty to build on.
Out at Doncaster our Womens Reserves were the only side to bat first and did it very well with coach Megan Pauwels and Rebecca Jennings sharing a 160 run stand before Megan was dismissed for 83 and Rebecca unfortunately soon after for 30. Acacia Davis and Natalie Taylor combined to add 47 and remained unbeaten on 25 and 15 respectively as the innings closed on 3 for 228.
In the field Box Hill batted well and we were not able to put enough scoreboard pressure on due to our difficulty coping with the conditions and some wayward bowling and Box Hill passed us 2 down with 4 overs to spare.Megan finished with 2 for 45 off 9 and Yashoda Senarathne produced a good little cameo of 3 overs for 12 runs.
A highly competitive match sees us looking forward to the upcoming home game against Prahran on Saturday. whilst the ones travel to Toorak Park on Sunday.