In the First XI’s final game of a the wild ride that has been 2020, Skipper Tom Donnell was keen to win the toss and bat. Kingston Hawthorn's skipper had the same idea and won the right to choose. The Panthers took the field. Enter James Nanopoulos and Peter Cassidy.
The pair took the new ball and bowled with great skill and discipline to have the KH batters on the back foot. James Nanopoulos took the spoils in an epic start to the morning session. Taking wicket after wicket, some bowled, some caught behind and some caught in the slips cordon. It was a truly remarkable performance from the Dandenong allrounder who at one stage had 6 wickets for 0 runs, including a hat trick. He finished with 8-16 off his allotment of overs. Cassidy also picked up a wicket. To the credit of KH batter Abhishek Jain he worked hard and then flourished for a fine 33 not out and pushing the total to 48. A special mention to Braden Tauber who took his first First XI wicket for the Panthers. A player with great skill, enthusiasm and a genuine love of the game, he also took a couple of catches on the day (including a special catch in the gully).
After a 30 minute lunch break, the Panthers went about chasing down the total. LJ Edwards and Comrey Edgeworth started watchfully as the KH bowlers bowled well. Both batters knocked the ball into gaps and built into the innings before playing some glorious shots to the boundary. Edgeworth departed just before the final runs were scored, he made 21. LJ Edwards also played well and made 22 not out (including a nice pick up pull shot for 6 to seal the victory). An incredible game of cricket, which leaves the First XI 3 wins and 1 loss entering the Christmas/New Year Break. A great start which sees us inside the top 8 and with a platform to build upon after the break.
In a crucial round heading into the Christmas break it was clear the First XI had a desire to continue the winning run. We welcomed back Nicole Faltum to captain her first game for Dandenong after being away with Big Bash commitments and also the return of Kelly Applebee after a week away. The toss went our way and with some knowledge of a strong correlation between chasing and winning at Box Hill City Oval we decided to give Box Hill the opportunity to set a target.
At 1/50 Box Hill were poised to set a strong total. It was Lucy Cripps who got the usually strong contributor of Rebecca Carter for 18 with Emma Gallagher starting her run of six wickets with another big wicket of Zoe Griffiths shortly after and the score was 3/68. A few overs passed and Gallagher's tally rose to have Box Hill 9/96. A strong partnership to finish allowed Box Hill to reach 122 before Jess Matin claimed her wicket to conclude their innings. Another strong performance by Kim Garth with 2/30 and despite going wicketless, Uvindee Wijesena only conceded 23 runs from her 10 overs to keep the run rate down and the pressure on. Overall the girls showed a strong presence in the field with some great catching and excellent ground fielding. They were confident going into the chase.
With Nicole back in the batting line up we had a new opening combination with Tiana Atkinson continuing to provide a solid foundation for our batting innings. Despite losing Nicole in the first over, Tiana and Kim accelerated and had us at 1/52 before Tiana (32) and then Kim (21) were both gone with the score on 58. A short hiccup with the loss of Lucy Cripps (16) and Kelly Applebee (1) allowed Jess Matin (25*) and Maryam Omar (15) to steady the ship and get us within reach of Box Hills score.
With the most complete performance so far this season the girls left Box Hill continuing their winning way and will go into 2021 full of confidence with a clear process and a squad fully supportive of each other.
The Second XI entered the final game of 2020 with the aim of extending their unbeaten run to four games heading into the new year. Skipper Cameron Forsyth won the toss on a nice summer's morning and elected to bowl with the recent rain leaving the pitch a little soft at the start of the day's play. The Panthers were off to the perfect start, having the Hawks at 3/16 thanks to wickets from Adam McMaster (3/37) and James Maxwell (2/38), which included a brilliant one handed caught and bowled from McMaster to dismiss Jake Marnie for five. The Hawks avoided some close calls with pace bowler Jack Fowler troubling the Kingston Hawthorn batsmen, but the home side were able bring some stability to their innings as Matt Vorbach reached his half-century. Gehan Seneviratne and Dasun Opanayaka bowled brilliantly in tandem to rein the Hawks in and this directly led to the wickets of the established Vorbach and Sam Newell. At 5/101, the Panthers aimed to make light work of the rest of the batting order but as a result of some sub-standard fielding, the Hawks managed to crawl their way to 207. Under par but still a competitive total nonetheless.
Although, the Panthers never looked in trouble as Josh Slater and Jarryd Wills strut out to the crease to once again get the side of to a sensational start pilling on 190 runs before the first wicket fell. Wills was at the centre of the show scoring his maiden century for the club, a brilliant 118 from just 95 deliveries, featuring 10 fours and five sixes. The flick over mid-wicket was a frequent feature of the young man's innings and his opening partner had the best seat in the house. Slater deserves enormous credit, playing a perfect anchor role, which was all that was required as the Panthers cruised to a bonus point win. Slater finished unbeaten on 75, his second half-century for the season, as he along with skipper Cam Forsyth guided the Panthers home during the 39th over. The bonus point win takes the Panthers to the top of the competition ladder after the first four rounds, a great start to the season which I'm sure they'll want to make the most of after the new year.
Our last game before Christmas! We lost the toss and fielded first. Nat and Grace got us off to a fantastic start again, Grace getting the opener early with a fantastic catch off Evie’s shoulder straight to Julie. Yashoda and Jess then came on and took one wicket each. Box Hill were forming a good partnership in the middle, Kethmi came on and took a really great caught & bowled to break the partnership. At the end of the innings Box Hill finished on 7/128, with Grace finishing will 3/14 off just 8 overs, Yashoda, Nat, Kethmi and Jess all finished with one. Evie behind the stumps finished with two Catches.
Sophie and Julie opened up the batting, after losing Sophie early Jess and Julie put on a partnership of 46 to set us up well, Julie and Jess both finished with 23, Izzy again in the middle steadied our batting with a great 32 off 46 balls, a loss of a couple of quick wickets in the middle it was looking tight but Alana and Evie at the end both with cool heads finished the job off 9 wickets down in the 42nd over.
A great way to go into the break and can’t wait to get back out there after Christmas.
The 3rd XI took on Kingston Hawthorn at the Wilson Oval. Captain Mitch Forsyth lost the toss for the 4th consecutive game and again were asked to bowl first. The Hawks got away to a good start at 0-38 before Bhavya Bhatia (3-44) intervened and soon enough the visitors were 5-90. A strong partnership developed which helped them set a total of 191. Angus Newman contributed with two amazing direct hit runouts from point while all the bowlers bowled tightly and picked up a wicket. A special shoutout to Dravid Rao for his first game in the 3s and picking up a crucial wicket too.
Although happy with a chasable target of 191, it wasn't off to a good start as Andrey Fernando was dismissed in controversial fashion to leave us 1-13. Angus (30) and Mitch (25) batted through a fiery spell in hostile conditions to get the Panthers to 1-63, but disappointingly neither were able to go on and deliver a winning score. Following that we lost wickets regularly with Josh Murray (35*) the only resistance as were bowled out for 160.
Disappointingly, this does leave us winless heading into the Christmas break with points only coming from a Frankston tie. A lot of hard work at training from the boys and a fresh, positive attitude will be required to kick off 2021 and start bringing in the wins!
On a sidenote we thank Shahid Malik for scoring once again.
Our 3rd XI travelled to Schramms Reserve to take on Box Hill. Dandenong lost the toss and Box Hill went in for a bat, leaving Dandenong to field first. Box Hill made a solid start with the bat. A change in the field taking away the cover drive saw Dandenong take the first wicket, it was a beautiful LBW by Ruby Burns. Then the next over saw a bowling change and the medium pace change up from Montana Phillips sent the bails flying. Box Hill now 2/41 off 9. The 3rds love a great Free Hit run out claiming another wicket with a great bail flick off from Shalee Clydesdale. From then on it was a real struggle with the Right/Left batting combination. Our dropped catches and extras hurt us. A beautiful direct hit from Erin Maxwell saw the captain go and Ruby getting her second wicket taking out the lefty. Box Hill finished 40 overs on 5/187.
Erin and Jemma started solid with the bat giving us a 30 run partnership together, looking really good the partnership came to an end with Jemma trapped with a LBW for 16. Montana came in for a quick fire 11 and we lost Erin to a caught and bowled. From there the batting struggled. Box Hill had Dandenong all out for 99. Our first loss of the season. The girls were still in strong spirit and smiles on faces. Here's hoping for a strong start to 2021.
From the 3rd XI, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year and looking forward to seeing you all refreshed from the break.
The 4's travelled out to Highett to take on Kingston Hawthorn, looking to continue some good form and go into the Christmas break with a 3-1 record. The hosts won the toss on a very uneven wicket and elected to send us in. The new ball was proving to be tricky to face before dashing opener Mayank Verma decided to take the long handle approach, producing a flurry of boundaries before his short cameo came to an end and was out for 23. From then on, scoring again became difficult and wickets fell regularly. With the innings stagnating at 5/100 and just over 10 overs remaining, young all-rounder Joshua Sawrey joined skipper Christian Harris at the crease. Some good strokeplay and hard running saw the pair put on an unbeaten stand of 68 to boost the score to a respectable 5/168 at the close of the innings. Harris anchored the second half of the innings finishing 58* while a few lusty blows from Sawrey saw him finish 32*.
Needing to get off to a strong start with the ball, left arm paceman Liam Sheehan set the tone with a fine opening spell, beating the bat regularly and going through Hawks opener Sathyajith with an absolute peach clipping the top of off. Scoring was proving to be just as difficult for the hosts as they were left reeling at 5/57. A couple of poor overs with the ball saw the momentum handed right back to the hosts as they put on 58 for the sixth wicket before 16 year old leggie Hivin Singappulige broke through. A few more quick wickets shifted momentum right back in our favour as we had them on the ropes at 8/131. From there, the two Hawks tailenders chanced their arms and got away with it, producing a couple of big hits and putting on a quick fire 40 to chase down the target. Singappulgie was the standout bowler in his first game for the season, showcasing excellent control for a young leg spinner. He finished with figures of 1/20 off 9 while Joshua Sawrey put in another strong display with his medium pace, finishing with figures 3/29 off 8.2.
There were two outstanding performances on Saturday. Jarryd Wills just keeps getting better and his 118 off 95 balls enabled the twos to cruise to a bonus point. He has now accumulated 230 runs to be the leading runscorer in the club up to Christmas. Good though Jarryd was, it does finishes a distant second to our Arctic Foods Men's Player of the Week in James Nanopoulos who, after four overs had 6 wickets, a hattrick and 4 maidens. He went on to finish with an outstanding 8 for 16 and now claims the two best bowling performances by an individual.
The Women's Player of the Week award stands out clearly. Emma Gallagher not only tied Box Hill down but also took 6 wickets in the process, finishing with 6 for 12 off 10 overs and moving to the leading wicket-taker ahead of Poppy.
Well done to both deserving winners and we trust everyone will have a great Christmas and come back fighting for some finals action.