For the first time this season we were at Shepley Oval to take on Richmond. Warm sunny conditions greeted the players.
Tommy won the toss and sent the Tigers in on what looked to be a beautiful batting track but looks can be deceiving. Nanopoulous had a new opening partner this week in Peter Cassidy and he did the damage with the two openers both bowled missing balls that Cassidy described as “would have got Bradman out”. Nano Chipped in with a caught behind and when Cassidy picked up his third bowled for the innings, the tigers were in all sorts at 4 for 13. A glimmer of hope appeared through a promising partnership between Amin and Berryman until Amin was caught on the boundary off the bowling of Thomas. Berryman was looking good until his new partner Mills decided to pull out the Jiffy Firelighters and burn his partner which saw him run out off some brilliant fielding from Lincoln Edwards. The Richmond innings never got up and running after that as Dandy kept picking up a constant stream of wickets to see the innings close for 110 off 36.2 overs. Cassidy and Nano were the pick of the bowlers picking up three each.
Dandy were in trouble in the first over with Donnell departing for a duck, Edwards and Forsyth picked up the slack and raced the score to 33 before Edwards chipped one back to the bowler and he was on his way for 15. After Edwards departed the Panthers started to fall apart, they lost 6 for 29 to be reeling at 7 for 62 but Forsyth was still at the crease and he was now joined by Randiv. The pair steadied the ship and took their time slowly chipping away at the Richmond lead. It was the 40th over and Dandy still need 18 to win, it was nervous times in the shed with just Thomas and Debutant Brayden Taeuber waiting to bat, Randiv then went bananas, smashing two 4’s in one over to relieve the pressure. Things were still tense as they slowly crossed off each run, then in the 44th over with five needed Randy from Dandy went bang and launched a six into the car park to finish the game. The crowd and players cheered so hard that they set off a car alarm in the carpark or maybe it was the ball landing on the bonnet, not too sure. Randiv 28 off 60 was well supported by Forsyth’s 52 off 123.
On a brilliant day for batting, we won the toss and did just that. Julie resumed her place at the top of the order and with Tiana combined for a partnership of 99. It ended with Tiana chipping a ball back to the bowler to be out for a pleasing 65. Julie (19) was then run out going for a second run, once more she had helped to set our innings up. We were on course for a target of around 250 but with great fielding and tight bowling Plenty Valley pulled that target right back to 206. Kim was run out for 41 and then Maryam saved the innings with some good hitting late in the innings with 44 at a run a ball.
In reply we managed a wicket early with a good catch in slip but then Plenty Valley took control of the game having it well in their keeping at the half way mark. When Ciavarella had to retire with heat stress with the score around 2 for 140, the game changed. Poppy picked up the obstinate Day and then two more quickly and we were on our way. Kim took two and Evie held on to a catch high and to her right off Jess. Ciavarella returned at the fall of the ninth wicket needing a further 16 off 9. Confusion between the bats saw Kim, sprawled on the ground, throw the stumps down with a skillful flick a metre out. It was a great recovery to get the win.
Richmond won the toss, chose to bat and got away to a safe start before Adam McMaster took the first of four wickets. Throughout the innings it was a good contest between bat and ball and with just five bowlers used, they were dismissed with one ball left for 210, other wickets were shared around in an even performance. In the field Lachy excelled with three catches and Jacques his impeccable self with two and a stumping.
Our innings started with a solid partnership of 68, Josh (32) and Jarryd (68) putting us well on the way. Cameron Forsyth continues on a wonderful run with 62 not out and Dasun 24 no were there to see us comfortably home once more. That’s three from three for the seconds and they’ll be looking to go to the break on top of the ladder.
Zoe won the toss and elected to bat after a the journey out to Yarrambat. Sophie and Jess opened up and put on a fantastic partnership of 120, before losing Jess for 41. Sophie went on and made 65. A couple of good little cameos through the middle but the stand out being Izzy Robinson with a fantastic 60 of 44 balls. That got us to a fantastic total of 8/241.
Our bowling started off great with Nat taking a wicket third over, with a good piece of fielding Yashoda got a great run out that really put us on top. Great bowling and fielding by all with Grace Wrigglesworth topping the bowling again with 3/19 of 9 overs, Jess 2/17 off 6 overs, and Yashoda, Alana and Nat all with 1 wicket.
A great team effort by everyone and a very convincing win!!!!
The 3rd XI lost the toss for a 3rd successive week to start the season and were asked to have a bowl. After a disappointing bowling/fielding display against Melbourne last week the boys were keen to make a much better fist of it. An even first innings left Richmond on 7-241 off their allotted 45 overs. Wickets fell intermittently with Triyan De Silva the best of the bowlers (8 overs 2-30) while Mason Warne and Josh Murray held their own too. Unfortunately, Mason twinged a knee while bowling which required him to leave the field. Being 1 short for 5 overs hurt, but Raheel Bostan chucked on the blues to sub field while nursing a fracture in his left hand, a great effort.
The chase didn't start well at all as we slumped to 3-35 on a tired pitch. This brought Angus Newman to the crease alongside Daud Malik. The boys put on a great steadying partnership before Daud fell for 42 with the score 4-123. Josh Murray joined Angus with a big job to do but the boys batted beautifully rotating the strike and finding the boundary along the way. Reducing the required rate from 9's throughout down to 7's with 3 overs left. Josh was stumped for a run-a-ball 45 with the game in balance at 5-220. Unfortunately, that was the start of a team hattrick which put us in a difficult situation. Angus fought valiantly throughout to finish unbeaten on 108 from 102 balls as we fell short by 7 runs. This was Angus' first century for the Panthers and should be congratulated for a fantastic innings. A much improved effort from the 'thunderbirds' and with the same attitude heading into the rest of the season, many wins are on the horizon.
Unfortunately our Womens 3s did not get a game as Plenty Valley could not field a side. Not to waste the day, they trained at Shepley and then sat together to watch the 1s in action. They’ll be keen to get amongst it this week against Box Hill.
The 4's ventured out to Richmond, looking to bounce back from a disappointing performance the week prior. With the home side winning the toss and electing to bat, they got away to a steady start before a mix up saw the opening partnership broken at
69. Speedster Bhavya Bhatia was then handed the ball and quickly changed the game with an electrifying spell of fast bowling, running riot through the Richmond top and middle order as they quickly collapsed to 5/82 before they were eventually bowled out for 124. Bhatia was the star of the show, finishing with career best figures of 6/17 off his 8 overs. Right arm tweaker Dravid Rao was also impressive, bowling tidily without luck and finishing with figures of 1/26 from 8.2 overs.
Needing 125 for victory, openers Jaskabeer Singh and debutant Mayank Verma took on the task of facing a youthful Richmond attack. Verma set the tone with his aggressive stroke play, regularly capitalizing on anything overpitched and dispatching a number of boundaries through the offside field. On the other hand, youngster Singh looked to anchor the innings whilst still looking to capitalize on any loose deliveries from the Richmond attack. Despite looking streaky at times, the pair chased the total down themselves inside 30 overs and collecting a bonus point victory along the way. With an imposing knock on debut, Verma finished 73 not out whilst Jaskabeer Singh continued his fine start to the season finishing 44 not out.
ARCTIC FOODS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
The Arctic Foods Player of the Week for our Men's squad goes to Angus Newman who fought so hard for a win in the Thirds without success. Nevertheless, his 108 not out was a wonderful effort to leave us just short on the day. A most honourable mention to Brett Forsyth for his fighting 52 not out that no doubt secured us the win in the ones.
The Arctic Foods Player of the Week was fiercely contested among our Women's XIs. Tiana, Maryam and Poppy would all be deserved winners in the Firsts along with Sophie and Isabel in the seconds. In the end, it goes to Sophie Strickland for her 65 at the top of the order to set the game up for the Twos.