Gloomy wet conditions met the players and officials at Shepley Oval. The game was reduced to 40 overs a side due to play getting under way later than scheduled. As usual Tom lost the toss and we were asked to bat first. Donnell had a new/old opening partner in Brett Forsyth, the pair were back together for the first time this season and it didn’t take long for the pair to start skipping the score along at a healthy rate. Donnell was removed caught behind off the bowling of Holland with the score on 31, then next thing you know Holland has Fernando bowled first ball. Edgeworth arrives to face the hattrick ball and he too falls first ball as Holland completes a rare hattrick.
Forsyth departed for 20 and Dandenong were in a bit of strife at 4 for 37. Nano and Edwards teamed up to take the score along to 72 before Edwards was back in the sheds for 19. Nano had a constant stream of partners but he kept the score ticking over, he helped drag the final score along to a defendable 137 with his 70 off 76 balls.
It was the Panthers turn to bowl and they got away to a perfect start with Nano picking up a wicket with the first ball of the innings. Dandy was well and truly in it when Nano grabbed the second with the score on 5. Ringwood kept the score ticking over but due to tight bowling from Randiv it was at a very slow rate. A strong fifth wicket partnership between King and Freeman took their total to the dreaded 87 before Thomas entered the attack and picked up both set batsman to give the panthers hope. Ringwood weren’t taking any risks in the chase and due to this they slowly made there way to victory with 13 balls to spare.
A brighter day was evident at Beaumaris for the girls, but Melbourne won the toss and bowled, using local knowledge to get the best of conditions. We got away to a good start courtesy of a six and four to Tiana and negotiated the first 6 overs well. But then Julie was bowled by Rhiann O’Donnell and Tiana knicked one through to the keeper. Kim started cautiously but then in trying to hit over the top didn’t get all of the ball and was caught well at square leg. Nicole had been searching to re-establish the innings until she also nicked one behind.
Kelly (27) and Lucy (53) added 84 to the score in the best partnership of the day with Lucy particularly severe on the attack with 6 fours and 2 sixes. Uvindee made sure we eked out another 40 runs to finish on 182 in the last over. We needed to be particularly grateful for the 39 extras we received.
In reply despite trying 8 bowlers during the innings we were not able to break the opening partnership and Melbourne coasted to victory with 12 overs to spare.
We now start our second rotation against Ringwood in a match crucial to the One Club Cup and our final placing as they sit just above us by percentage.
The Dandenong Second XI travelled to Ringwood with the aim of extending their five-match unbeaten streak to start the season. Early rainfall on an overcast morning delayed the start of the match, reducing the overs played from 50 to 46, but this rain would steer clear for most of the day. After winning the toss and electing to bowl, making most of the rain affected pitch was the key priority of the Panthers' bowlers. Adam McMaster picked up where he left off, taking a wicket with the third ball of the match. Ringwood settled into the match thanks to good knocks from Michael Campbell (48) and Christopher Moorhouse (53) which allowed the Rams to reach 100 runs with the loss of only two wickets. Again the Dandenong bowling attack restricted the opposition score by taking regular wickets, which has been a common theme throughout the 2020/21 season thus far. McMaster (3/40), James Maxwell (1/30) and Jack Fowler (3/38) were the pick of the bowlers as they restricted Ringwood to 9/200 as they successfully prevented any late order hitting from the home side.
With 201 to chase, the Panthers were confident of achieving another successful chase as they had done in the previous three matches. Openers Josh Murray and Josh Slater got the seconds off to a great start and a win looked highly likely as they passed 50. The Rams finally got their breakthrough with the wicket of Slater for 42. His opening partner followed for the same score just overs later with the Panthers on 88 runs. Angus Newman and skipper Cameron Forsyth attempted to steady the ship until Forsyth was caught behind for 13 with the score at 118. Dasun Opanayaka and Lachlan MacCorquodale soon followed suit as the Panthers collapsed to 5/127. Another brilliant knock was required from Newman and his new partner Jacques Augustin. The two batted superbly together as they took the score closer and closer to the required 201. In the end, the Panthers chased the total down with eight balls to spare with most of the damage being done in the previous few overs as Augustin and Newman hit the ball to all parts of the ground at their will. Their unbeaten partnership of 76 was the highlight of the match with Newman finishing unbeaten on 53 and his batting partner Augustin on 38. The Panthers remain at the top of the ladder with six wins from six matches to start the season. All focus moves ahead to the upcoming fixtures against Footscray and Camberwell.
We won toss and elected to bowl against a good Melbourne side, our fielding wasn't near our best but some bowling standards were. Jess Caron 3/26 off 9 Jess Sanders 2/25 off 9. Rachel taking two catches behind the stumps. We restricted them to 6/160.
We were let down with our batting, we lost early wickets Keely and Rachel put on a little partnership of 16, but after that we just lost consistent wickets. Wasn't our best week with ball or bat All out 90. Bring on next week.
The threes arrived to Wilson oval at home to find the square disappointingly wet. Despite waiting around it was clear that no play would be possible for the day. The only solace was watching Nano go about resurrecting the ones with the bat. Thanks to Mitch and Christian for clearing the ground of covers.
Still in holiday mode, the threes will resume this week unless the predicted temperatures cause the abandonment of play. Several of the girls have been involved in Pathway games over the break.
The fours were asked to bat first and were quickly on the back foot with last week’s runmaker Mayank Verma out caught without scoring. Josh Bennetts (28) then did most of the scoring with 5 4s when joined by Hamish (30). Hamish enjoyed a partnership of 60 with Mahdee Islam before being out caught. Mahdee batted through the remainder of the 88 balls. to record 71 from 88 balls. Contributions from Prabhav Mishra and Stevie Bertino allowed us to set Ringwood 181 off 41 overs.
Unfortunately we were unable to effect an early breakthrough and their openers piloted the score to 100 before Hivin drew a false shot from Flynn. Liam captured 2 wickets and Lachlan one before Ringwood was safely home with a comfortable win.
ARCTIC FOODS PLAYERS OF THE DAY
In a thankfully rare dark day for the Club, Lucy Cripps found some form to make 53 before she was out trying to hit the ball through mid wicket only to be out LBW. May the runs continue Lucy.
Honorable mention to Jess Caron (3) and Jess Sanders (2) who, with wickets managed to peg back Melbourne’s run rate in the twos.
The twos continue their winning ways, Adam McMaster with a further 3 wickets, opening bats Joshes Murray and Slater and Angus Newman and Jacques Augustin with a great partnership to bring up the win with 8 balls left.
In the ones it was all about James Nanopoulos with 70 and 2 early wickets.
In the fourths Mahdee Islam leads the way with an innings of 71 that held the tram together.
The Player of the day is again James Nanopoulos for the simple reason that he gave the ones an opportunity with his batting and his quick start with the ball set up a close, low scoring epic that Ringwood were just able to squeeze through.