With the first game of 2021, the first XI ventured to Casey fields to take on Casey South Melbourne. Dandenong was asked to bat first after losing the toss and it was slow going from Donnell and Edwards. Their partnership came to an end when Donnell was judged LBW with the score on 26. Brett Forsyth joined Edwards gradually moved the score along to 65 before Edwards was out for 30. There was a minor collapse with Dandenong losing 3 for 13 with Forsyth, Forsyth & Nanopoulos all back in the sheds. Aaron Fernando was now teamed up with Comery Edgeworth and the pair looked to rebuild. Slowly but surely the pair built the Dandenong score to a respectable total of 182 after their 50 overs. Fernando top scored with 56 off 77 balls.
With the experience of Thilakathna Dilshan and the up and coming talent of Ash Chandrasinghe opening the batting, the Dandenong openers would need to be up for the challenge, Nanopoulos and Cassidy started things and neither could make a dint in the Casey batting line up. The Partnership was finally broken at 77 when Braden Taeuber picked up Dilshan caught on the boundary for 53 off 42. Dandy were still in it when Chandrasinghe departed for 33 but the next pair of Wallace and Wyatt cruised to the total with 12 overs to spare.
We welcomed EMP to Shepley in the clash for the Redderz Commemorative Cup. On a hot, still day we lost the toss and fielded to a classy experienced batting lineup that started with Humphries and Blows and followed on with Villani, Strano, Schilov and Binch, quite an accomplished batting order.
Its fair to say tht they raced away with the game, punishing anything loose to and over the boundary. Villani was particularly fierce with 69 from 57 balls before out trying to hit Poppy out of the ground. They were headed toward 320 when Emma held on to a juggling caught and bowled and from then on all bowlers worked hard to peg back the scoring rate and limit the damage to 263. Leading from the front was Kim, wicketless but she conceded a miserly 26 runs from her 10 overs.
In reply Tiana started well briefly before being caught on the boundary by Strano, diving forward to hold a difficult catch. Kim and Nicole put on 100 before Nicole was found well down the pitch and no hope of getting back, up until then they had looked in control. From then Kim lifted her weight but had to fight through periods of exhaustion, surviving a couple of dropped catches and revived by orange zooper doopers. The 100 came with a rush with a big six. She tried to keep the momentum going but was out caught on the fence. Uvindee hit a couple of nice drives for 4 but in the end, we were 36 runs short.
As commented after the game we have a lot more improvement to come and in the future we will meet and dispatch teams of their strength.
A warm summer's day greeted the Second XI for their first game after the eventful Christmas break. They would be without their skipper Cameron Forsyth for the first time this season after he was rewarded with a late call up to the First XI courtesy of Ed Newman's call-up to the Melbourne Stars squad. Despite losing the toss, this did not trouble the Seconds who took no time at all getting back into the swing of things as Adam McMaster picked up a wicket in the very first over. Casey-South Melbourne struggled to get going with McMaster picking up the first three wickets to leave the Swans at just 3/14. James Maxwell (2/38), Jack Fowler (0/31), Dasun Opanayaka (1/29) and Gehan Seneviratne (2/27) all continued to bowl superbly as the Swans fell to 6/67 as the Panthers tried to wrap up the Casey tail quickly. This was not to be as Aaron Bardwell (62) and Cameron Brown (31) combined for a partnership of 58 as Casey attempted to set the Panthers a competitive total. However, the rest of Casey's tail failed to take the total past 151 with McMaster returning to claim his fifth wicket of the day, finishing with the brilliant figures of 5/23 off 8.3 overs.
The unbeaten Panthers were determined to keep their winning streak alive and skipper Josh Slater and Jarryd Wills walked out to the crease confidently with the Swans total in their mind. Wills picked up from where he left off before Christmas as he dispatched the Casey bowlers to all parts of the ground, and it looked like the Panthers were on their way to a cruisy victory. This was until Brayden Lambden picked up the wicket of Slater for six which set in motion the collapse of the Dandenong batting order as the Panthers went from 0/53 to 5/70. Youngster Angus Newman and Seneviratne looked to steady the ship until Seneviratne was controversially run out, despite the wicketkeeper not possessing the ball in his gloves. As a result, the Panthers now were 6/86 and a win did not look all that likely. Casey had all the momentum at this stage of the match but that didn't bother Newman and wicketkeeper batsmen Christian Harris as they fought their way through a tough period of the game and started to score freely again as they slowly took the game away from the Swans ensuring that the Panthers continued their unbeaten start to the season. It was a brilliant knock from Newman who batted years beyond his age with a mature 47 off 90 deliveries and was supported well by Harris who finished with 21 not out off 54 deliveries. A match-winning partnership that keeps the Second XI on top of the competition ladder.
The 2’s played Essendon on Saturday, Jess won the toss to start the day and elected to bat first. We lost Rachel early but Jess and Keely put on a 53 run partnership to get the ball rolling, after a mix up Izzy came out and the run rate lifted. Again another fantastic partnership of 69 when we lost Keely for 30. Izzy and Alanah batted on. Izzy finished with 49, Alanah with 38 and Evie with a quick fire 17 at the end. We ended up 209.
Nat got us off to a great start dismissing the opener 1st over, from then it was a fantastic bowling and fielding display with nearly everyone contributing, Alanah again being the stand out taking 3/14 off 5, Kethmi taking 1/0 off 3. Thivvya took 1 wicket and an absolute screamer in the field, Jess Sanders took her first wicket for the club. All round it was a great team win as we bowled them out for 135.
The 3rd XI travelled to Casey for their first game after Xmas. It started as all games have so far with captain Mitch Forsyth losing the toss for the 7th straight time (inc 2 practice games) and being asked to bowl again. Casey got off to a strong start being 0-72 and 1-111. Luckily the run rate never got too out of hand throughout the innings. The spinners did a top job to dry up the scoring with Raheel Bostan (2-21 off 6), Dravid Rao (1-25 off 9) and Zac GP (1-32 off 9) bowling well. We were well supported by club and 3rd XI debutant Aryan Mohan behind the stumps who also celebrated his 15th birthday on the day, an awesome job. Casey ended 6-195 from their 45 overs.
After being 1-95 in return and looking comfortable, we lost regular wickets to be stuck at 9-179. Josh Murray the only real resistance with a fine 65. Enter 17 year old Josh Sawrey who after a steady start took control of the game. Him and Bhavya Bhatia (5*) were able to take it down to the last over needing 10 with Josh on strike. A very tight 2 first balls followed by a great 6 over backward square left 2 off 4 required. A dot was bowled before Josh whipped one over square leg to bring up the victory with 2 balls to spare and 1 wicket in hand. Josh finished with 35* from 39 balls and was the matchwinner. The thunderbirds are on the board and will keep this momentum rolling into next week and the rest of the year!
The Womens thirds have an additional 2 weeks off, returning on Sunday 24th.
We lost the toss and then lost Jaskabeer soon after. Luckily Mayank (58) and Mahdee (22) combined for a 53 run partnership but then wickets fell steadily until we were 9 down with only 138 on the board. It was left to Hivin (34) and Roshane to add 73 for the last wicket and going at a run a ball through their time in the middle. Their partnership at least added some hope.
It was not to be however as we used 8 bowlers to try to break through without success. We managed just 2 wickets, one being a run out and now sit just outside the four.
Mens 1s Fifth
Womens 1s Second
Mens 2s First
Womens 2s Second
Mens Thirds Fourteenth 4 points out
Womens Thirds Third
Mens Fourths Tenth 5 points out
All sides well in the running
A difficult decision this week for the men with Adam McMaster back in the wickets mix with 5 to hold Casey in check in the twos and Angus Newman’s steady 47 to secure the win. In the threes, Josh Murray, newly promoted from the middle order to open the batting, steered the side through the early stages with 65. But the Player of the week goes to Josh Sawrey, who came in at six, steered us through a collapse and then hit out in the final over for a win with 2 balls to spare and our first win in the grade.
The women's player of the day award must be Kim Garth, starting with the ball, after her first 9 overs she had gone for just 17 runs, but copped a bit of a belting in the 49th over. Then she did everything she could to secure a win without avail but finishing with 113 off 111 balls, ruing a number of balls she failed to put away. Honorable mention to Alanah Mison with 38 off 32 and 3 wickets for her part in a comfortable win.