Dandenong took on Melbourne at Beaumaris SC and the Panthers were looking at making it 2 from 2 to help celebrate their skipper Tom Donnell 250th first eleven game.
Dandenong lost the toss and were asked to bat first by the reigning premiers and it was the man of the moment Donnell and Lincoln Edwards who got the ball rolling. The pair got Dandy away to a great start adding 82 for the first wicket. The middle order then stumbled to 5 for 128 including the loss of Donnell for a well earnt 51, before Aaron Fernando and Comrey Edgeworth steadied the innings, The pair added 58 for the 6th wicket before Fernando fell for 44. A flurry of wickets towards the end saw Dandy scrape their way to 9 for 214 off their 50 overs with Edgeworth finishing with 39 not out.
Melbourne got away to a flyer With Sam Harper and Meyrick Buchanan adding 31 in 7 overs before Harper was gone for 16. Buchanan kept things ticking over before his luck ran out on 38 when Fernando took an easy catch behind the stumps off the bowling of Jakeb Thomas. Dandy kept taking a steady flow of wickets to have the host at 7 for 136 when the heavens opened up and the players left the field. Once the rain cleared, the DLS calculators came out and Melbourne now required 66 off 7 overs. With the experience of Suraj Randiv and James Nanopoulos out of overs, Dandy turned to their young guns in Thomas, Fowler and Cassidy, but the experienced heads in Melbourne’s line up saw them cruise to a 1 wicket win with 4 balls to spare.
Sunday brought an overcast sky and the threat of rain in the air as the girls travelled to Princes Park to challenge Carlton-Brunswick. With the toss won, we chose to bat, a decision that soon turned to disaster with our best performers in Tiana Atkinson, Jess Matin and Kim Garth back in the pavilion inside the first over, victims to Mitchell and a little
movement. Clearly Kelly Applebee (64) and opener Julie Fearns (29) had some consolidation to do. This they did well over the next 2 and a bit hours as they built a match saving partnership of 110 before departing at around the same time. Over the last dozen or so overs we added a further 60 to set them 172 thanks mainly to the last pair standing adding 23 with Uvindee adding 22 in quick time.
In the field we worked hard in the first hour and carved through their resistance to reduce them to 5 for 41 before the rains came and Mr Duckworth and Mr Lewis entered the scene yet again. A reduced target of 156 off 41 overs seemed a task too hard and it stayed tantalisingly just out of reach although Grace and Green proved a stubborn combination. Uvindee with 2 and Poppy with 3 wickets were the standout bowlers.
Saturday was also a gloomy overcast day at Shepley Oval for the Dandenong Men's Second XI clash against the strong Melbourne Cricket Club. Dandenong skipper Cameron Forsyth won the toss and elected to bat due to oncoming rain that was due later that afternoon. The Panthers did not get off to the best of starts with Jarryd Wills (4) edging one to the keeper early on with the score at 1/12. The skipper joined Josh Slater at the crease and the two experienced batters steady the innings and scored with ease as they took the score past 50. Forsyth was later dismissed for a run-a-ball 37 as the score approached 80. Youngster Max Marinic came to the crease and had the perfect view of the Slater show with the opening batsman reaching his 50 as he lifted the run-rate. Slater continued to display his brilliance as wickets fell around him with the Panthers going from 2/122 to 5/179 and unfortunately Slater (93) soon followed leaving the Panthers at 6/181. An important innings came from wicketkeeper Jacques Augustin (37*), who batted smartly as he picked apart the bowling attack along with the tail to take Dandenong to 8/244 at the close of innings. The star of the innings was Josh Slater with his 14th 2nd XI half-century, a brilliant 93 runs which included eight fours and a single six as he once again showcased his incredible ability with the stick.
With 244 on the board, the bowlers were fired up to rip into the Melbourne top-order early. Adam McMaster (0/12) and James Maxwell (0/21) bowled well early but failed to pick up any wickets despite McMaster having two caught behinds turned down by the umpire. The rain started to arrive and worked into the Panther's favour as both Melbourne's openers were forced to start again and Gehan Seneviratne was the first to strike, bowling Will Thompson for 34 and his opening partner Campbell Kellaway joined him in the sheds next ball after being run out by Slater. The wickets continued to tumble with Braden Taeuber (1/16) picking up the vital wicket of Andre de Lange for four. Seneviratne quickly picked up his second, dismissing Xander Buxton and Dasun Opanayaka (1/30) collected his first wicket of Sean Griffin courtesy of a brilliant leg side stumping from Augustin, a trademark of the keeper's game. Melbourne had collapsed from 0/76 to 5/85 as the rain returned, almost ensuring a
victory for the Panthers. With the rain disappearing and the sun peeking through the clouds, play resumed with Melbourne requiring 67 runs off 3 overs to win the game. The leg-spinner Seneviratne made the most of this opportunity and outsmarted Marcus Jackman and Darcy Munro with flight as he collected his maiden five-wicket haul for Dandenong with impressive figures of 5/16 off six overs. Melbourne failed to score the required 67 runs and finished 8/98 as the Dandenong Panthers secured a bonus point victory to continue their unbeaten start to the season.
We lost the toss in Zoe’s first game as captain, we got sent into bat and at the end of our 45 overs we made 7/188, highlights being Jess Caron 83 and Alannah Mison 35. A couple of good partnerships in the middle order got us to a pretty defendable total. Bowling all round was a great effort. Zoe Burke finishing with 2/8 off 2.3, and Grace Wrigglesworth 2/25 off 9. Some great fielding in the first 30 overs had Sophie Strickland take 2 great catches in short, one of them being Thivyaa Mahendran first wicket for the club. Zoe also taking 2 catches in the field. The other wickets were shared around equally with nearly everyone taking a wicket. We bowled them out for 161 in the 41st over.
The Third XI lost the toss on a very flat pitch and were asked to bowl first. Locky Scott bowled well early but we struggled to take regular wickets. He finished with 1-37 off 9. Raheel Bostan bowled very well in his 9 over spell, finishing with 1-34. Some late order hitting with the strong breeze and a very poor fielding display allowed Melbourne to post 4-244.
We got off to a good start being 0-40 before slumping to 4-81, Andrey Fernando the only resistance with 48. The heavens opened and upon returning we had been given the tough task of scoring 110 off 11 overs. Daud Malik (43*) and Josh Murray (36*) batted the remaining overs as we finished on 4-160 (33 overs).
A disappointing result that we will look to bounce back from next week against Richmond
Our Women's Third XI hit the road for the first time this season, coming up against Carlton Brunswick. With beautiful city back drop and the zoo behind us, we knew the panther roar was with us. Dandenong won the toss and with the tricky weather conditions we chose to field first. The first over saw us take 2/4 it was a fantastic start from Ruby. Then it didn't take Erin long to join the wicket list with a beautiful LBW to remove their captain. After that the girls didn't look back. The girls had Carlton Brunswick all out for 36 in 14 overs. Bowling and Fielding was amazing all the hard work at training has paid off. A beautiful run out from Meera on a free hit was a highlight. Also Ruby's quick hands in Gully saw a beautiful catch, I believe millimetres from the ground and cradled the catch to perfection. Two catches for Paige and a great take from Grace with a caught behind. The other five wickets came with rattling the stumps and an LBW. We know that the lower chases can be the trickiest, Erin and KT held their cool at the crease. KT with a 15 n.o and Erin with 9 n.o we only needed 6 overs to reach the total. Amazing job girls 3-0 to start the season. The girls are doing it with a smile on their faces and learning so much.
Melbourne won the toss and elected to bat on a very flat track out on Wilson Oval. Through some good batting, the visitors reached 73 for no loss before Josh Sawrey removed both openers in quick succession, bringing us right back in the contest. The spin twins of Matt Langley and Dravid Rao kept things tight through the middle overs before some late hitting saw Melbourne reach 7/197 at the conclusion of their innings . It was a great fight back from our bowling group to restrict the visitors to under 200 after they got off to a flying start. Josh Sawrey was outstanding with the ball, finishing with 3/44 of his 9. In reply, we got off to a slow but steady start before a batting collapse saw us go from 0/39 to 5/68, swinging the game completely in favour of Melbourne and putting us well behind the required run rate. We managed to scrap our way to 5/89 off 29 overs before the wet weather became too much and stumps were called for the day. Young opener Jaskabeer Singh was the only batsman to get past 20, compiling a watchful 26. Melbourne came out victors via the DLS.
The Arctic Foods Player of the Week Awards for this round go to Josh Slater and Jess Caron. It was a close call for Josh between two fine performances in the Men's second eleven. Josh piloted the batting with a lovely 93 out chasing quick runs and Gehan’s 5 wickets snuffed out any chance of Melbourne rallying to a reduced target. In the end it just goes to Josh for setting up the opportunity. Meanwhile Jess Caron's innings showed that she is steadily building an assuredness opening up. Her 83 off 117 balls at the top of the order showed she exudes promise.