Putting aside a brief and different preparation, it was great to see our Men's XIs take on neighbours Frankston to commence a shortened season this weekend.
The ones travelled a little down the road, won the toss and put them in for a bat, hoping for some assistance from the conditions.
Nano gave us a good start when he induced Harford to edge behind to give Aaron Fernando his first catch with the Club. Wickets fell readily throughout their innings except for one partnership of 74, eventually broken by Peter Cassidy, also caught by Aaron behind. Peter took the honours with the ball, taking 4 for 20. Nano with 2 was economical off his 10 overs and Jacob Thomas also found 2 wickets, taking the last to limit the chase to 145. Aaron Fernando pouched 4 chances behind.
Lincoln Edwards(12) opened up in a new role with Tom Donnell (30). They negotiated the new ball well but eventually became the only 2 wickets to fall as Brett Forsyth (41*) and Ed Newman (61* off 51 balls) added 92 runs to see off the target comprehensively. Ed was particularly savage hitting 10 fours and one six in a sparkling innings.
The twos were at home, and were put in by Frankston. The move paid off early with Josh Slater out for two, bringing skipper Cameron Forsyth to the crease. This pair appeared largely untroubled with Jarrod Wills adding 49 with some confident hitting before going out in a manner completely in contrast to the way he batted. Max Marinic joined Cameron and continued along the same way. He played all his shots, scoring a run a ball 39 before he was out caught to another aggressive shot. Through all this Cameron gave support to his young colleagues with an innings of style featuring placement and finesse before beaten and caught on the pads in front for 89. Lachie MacCorquodale (56 0ff 50) then played a powerful innings broken up by some watchful defence and big hitting including 2 massive sixes peppering the pavilions. Jacques proved a great foil, 15 not out, running hard and giving Lachie the strike. The end of our overs saw Frankston set 260 for a win.
Frankston set about the task well and went at the required rate until new recruit Brayden Tauber broke through Mann’s defence with the score on 61. Two more quick wickets to him put them on the back foot. Raheel Bostan spun out the next two before Adam McMaster (3 on return) and Brayden (5) closed out the innings in a promising debut. Special mention to Gehan who consistently beat the bat and went without luck. In the end, we closed out the game with a win by 41 runs.
The threes had to wait until Sunday to get a start given the earthworks on the second ground. It gave them an opportunity to stretch themselves out on Frankston’s main oval. On trend Frankston won the toss and put us in, a decision Mitch Forsyth (71) and Hamish MacCorquodale (51 on promotion) relished adding 113 for the first wicket. Angus Newman added 32 and we rounded out our innings on 205. We would have been more comfortable with another 15 runs or so from the middle order.
Frrankston started steadily enough but Triyan DeSilva kept breaking their pairs on a regular basis with the first 3 wickets. Luke Kranzbuhler, newly cleared by us, anchored their innings with a fine 70 not out, taking his side to within 9 with one over to go. Lachy Scott was given the ball and with one ball to go, they needed one to tie. A bunt into the toe gave them one and a throw at the stumps gave them a chance at a win until Mason Warne threw down the stumps from fine leg to salvage the tie. Triyan ended with 5 wickets and the knowledge that there is still plenty of improvement in him and Mason Warne bowled well with 2 wickets as a reward. Angus added 3 catches to his runs and Dylan kept well, particularly at the stumps.
Back at Wilson on Saturday, Christian won the toss and elected to bat, he soon joined debutant Jaskabeer Singh in the middle after Dravid Rao was out for 7. These two added 80 with Jas the dominant partner hitting 5 4’s and a six, a great knock for the young fellow. His loss brought Lachlan Saunders-Emerson to the crease, newly transferred from Frankston and perhaps part of a trade deal for Luke Kranzbuhler. Christian was out for 36 off 72 and Lachlan 21 off 51. Exciting all rounder Josh Sawrey picked up the tempo with some good running and big hitting and was ably supported by Kushan Samarakoon (14) ending with a total of 189 off 45 overs. Not a great score, probably about par for the day.
The second innings started with the need for a substitute, Mr Singh was called away and the cry went out for a replacement. Luckily we found a canny and able replacement in Neil Harris not too far away and ever willing to step into the hot seat. Having overcome that hurdle, the rest of the game flowed with only minor resistance late in the order. Matt Langley was his usual frugal self, with 3 wickets and only 17 runs from 9 overs and Dravid Rao also taking home 3. In fact all bowlers returned decent figures aside from the need to reduce the wide count. Bhavya Bhatia effected a run out to close the game out with a win by 50 runs.
We came away well from the weekend with 3 wins and a tie and now take on Melbourne in what will be a much sterner test.
The Arctic Foods Men's Player of the Week is Braden Taeuber who finished the game with 5 for 38 off 10 overs. Braden comes to us from Monbulk where he has taken 23 and 26 wickets over the past 2 seasons. We look forward to the progress of his career with us. See his fifth wicket here at around the 6hr 56 min mark; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t5TIzegES4
Curators were watching the skies warily as annoying showers swept the ground. The over count needed to be chopped by 3 before play got under way. Maryam moved up to open after Julie dropped out for injury. She headed out with Tiana and played the watchful, steady role as Tiana opened up with some lovely drives and powerful pulls. Together the pair added 98 with Tiana hitting 10 delightful fours and one six before being caught. Kim came in to capitalise on the start but it was short lived, a mix up left both at the same end and Kim on the way back to the pavilion. Maryam immediately followed when she advanced down the wicket to their spinner, missed and was easily stumped for 24. That left Jess and Kelly to repair the innings which they did with style. Their partnership of nearly 80 set us back on track with both making 40s. Kelly is a delight to watch with her classic timing of the ball and judgment of a run, Jess is developing into a consistent and effective bat and maintained a run a ball rate. Laura and Poppy added another 30 to set Prahran 251.
Their innings was dominated by Erica Kershaw with some support from the top order. It was evident that she would need to make north of 150 if they were to win. She was out caught by Maryam in the deep on 94. A highlight of the innings was Uvindee. She came under pressure from some aggressive batting, but was awarded with 2 LBWs as 2 top order bats played across the line. Poppy, Jess, Uvindee and Emma finished with 2 wickets each in a comfortable win.
The match was delayed at Prahran as well and with a further delay later, it was cut to a 40 over match. We managed to compile 102 with the assistance of 25 extras before being all out in the 30th over. With the bat Jess (13) did well until run out on a quick single and Sophie and Keely (both 22) added 40 before falling. Five wickets then fell for 9 before Evie and Natalie decided to hang in there and graft a few more runs.
The target was revised to 104 by Duckworth Lewis, clearly a difficult score to defend. Grace Wrigglesworth showed the way with spin and off 8 overs, went for just 6 runs. Jess was much the same with 14 off 8. It wasn’t until the final over that Prahran sneaked past with a single. The twos had built up pressure with dot balls and enthusiastic fielding and 10 maidens. Special mention to Natalie Taylor with two run outs from the deep, one a direct hit from square leg.
At Greaves, Krissy won the toss and put Prahran in. In the end we dismissed them for 95 in 28 overs. Top scorer was extras with 45 as the girls battled the swirling winds at the Showgrounds. Krissy is threatening some target bowling during the week. Samara Dulvin racked up her second 30 for the season for the opposition. There were 2 run outs and Paige Smith took 2 wickets with her last 2 balls, so sits through the week on a hattrick, good luck next week. Krissy spread the joy around the bowlers, allowing 10 to try their luck.
Our turn to bat benefitted by a drier ground and the application of openers Erin and Kethmi who took the score to 76 before Erin was out LBW for a well made 20. Kethmi remained not out 41. That makes 2 from 2 from our new side, an impressive start.
The Arctic Foods Women's Player of the Week is Tiana Atkinson who has quickly claimed rights to one opening spot with two innings of real promise. She showcases both a watchful defence as well as the ability to pierce the field and loft the ball as required. Congratulations Tiana you receive a $50 voucher from our great sponsor. Check out her highlights at https://matchcentre.premier.cricketvictoria.com.au/ Look for the highlights for Dandenong’s innings for the day