With lockdown returning we hope this week's wrap gives you a bit of your cricket fix until we return to training on Thursday. Round 10 saw the Men's XIs take out a terrific Dandy Day against Melbourne Uni, while the Women's XI's had the tough assignment of EMP.
Stay safe, and we look forward to reporting on the great form of all XIs as it continues into the back end of the season.
On Saturday Dandenong ventured to Melbourne Uni and they looked to keep their good form going from the past few weeks. Donnell lost the toss and were asked to bat first.
The Skipper and Brett Forsyth again started proceedings for the Panthers and the pair took a cautious start on a wicket that was doing a bit early. Donnell went with the score on 47 and then Cam Forsyth departed shortly after leaving Dandenong in a tricky position at 2 for 55 after 16 overs. Ed Newman joined Brett and the pair started to build something special, Newman was scoring to all parts of the ground and Forsyth just rotated the strike nicely to keep things ticking over. The Pair piled on 119 for the third wicket before Forsyth was on his way for a well compiled 58. Newman continued scoring at a rate of knots and brought up his maiden century late in the Innings and helped the Dandenong total along to 230 off their 50 overs. Newman ended on 120 from 121 balls.
Uni got away to a slow start in their run chase thanks to some tight bowling from Pattinson and McMaster. They were replaced with Cassidy and Opanayaka and both reaped the rewards, picking up a wicket each early in their spell. A dangerous third wicket partnership was forming between Martignago and Yaksender, so Randiv was introduced into the attack with immediate effect picking up Yaksender with a sharp chance taken by Fernando behind the stumps. Martignago was joined by the Uni captain McNeil and they add 33 in quick time before a fired up Pattinson rearranged McNeil’s stumps to have the students 4 for 107. There was no real fight from the lower order as Cassidy and Randiv ripped through them, knocking them over for 166. Cassidy finished with a measly 3 for 13 off his 10 overs.
Dandenong won the toss and batted on a rare Saturday for the girls. Maryam and Tiana started slowly but steadily before Maryam was out LBW. Kim joined Tiana at the crease and they added our best partnership, unfortunately this was just 29 with Tiana also out LBW for 27.Wickets then fell steadily throughout the remaining innings with some contribution from Garth (25), Cripps (18) and Wijesena (13*).
Kim Garth bowled Blows early on but then with Villani in full control, EMP dispensed with us relatively easily.
After two successive losses, the Dandenong Second XI were excited to be back home at Shepley Oval. Skipper, Josh Slater won the first battle of the day, winning the toss and electing to bowl on an overcast morning. The conditions did not seem to help the Panthers as their opponents Melbourne University flew out of the blocks with a brilliant 126 run opening stand between Harrison Emms and Isaiah Borgas. Once again it was Gehan Seneviratne who made the breakthrough, dismissing Borgas for 35 caught at point by second gamer Mitch Forsyth. Mitch Domann came to the crease and kept the score ticking over as the Students reached 1/190 after 38 overs with a big score in their sights. Seneviratne and Braden Taeuber made two quick breakthroughs for the Panthers as they reduced the Students to 3/195 after dismissing Emms (107) and Domann (31) respectively. The Panthers did their best to reduce Melbourne University to under 250 but some late hitting from Yousaf Iqbal (27), Hugo Bienvenu (25) and Daniel Hutton (10*) took the Students to 6/265 at the close of their innings. Jakeb Thomas (2/44) and Seneviratne (2/43) were the pick of the bowlers in what was a subpar day for the bowling attack which included 15 wides and three no-balls.
Nevertheless, the Panthers were confident of chasing this total, provided they started well with the bat and the usual opening pair of Slater and Jarryd Wills did exactly that. The pair set the tone early, rotating the strike well and putting the bad ball to the boundary as they reached 44 runs after 10 overs. The two continued to tick the score over as the score approached 100 and Wills reached 50, his second half-century of the season. Wills departed quickly for 50 with the score at 102. Slater continued to bomb the spin of Melbourne Uni as he too moved to 50, his fourth of the season and his second on the trot. Unfortunately, the skipper soon departed after a aerial shot helped up in the wind and found the hands of Domann with the score at 131. Lachlan MacCorquodale joined Josh Murray at the crease as the two aimed to keep the score ticking over giving the Panthers the best possible chance of cashing in during the last 10 overs. The pair put on 39 in 8 overs before MacCorquodale was dismissed for 30 after hitting one back to the bowler. Wicketkeeper Jacques Augustin followed quickly as he was bowled sweeping for 4.
The Panthers continued to tick the runs over, but the Students continued to take wickets at regular intervals with Josh Murray (19), Mitch Forsyth (6) and Andrey Fernando (29) all falling within the 37th and 45th overs. Seneviratne came to the crease before the departure of Fernando and batted promisingly has he found the boundary rope early in the innings. The only concern was at the other end. With Jack Fowler departing at 8/232, the Panthers only had two wickets in hand despite requiring 34 runs from 22 deliveries. Braden Tauber came to the crease and did his job brilliantly by feeding Seneviratne the strike. The pair managed to reduce the chase to 20 off 12 balls. Nine runs from the second last over and with Seneviratne on strike for the first ball of the last over gave the Panthers a superb chance. A dot ball followed by a towering six reduced the required runs to five with four balls remaining. Another dot ball followed by two singles brought the game to the last ball with Seneviratne needing three runs to win the game. James Browning charged in intending the hit a yorker but executed poorly as the ball reached Seneviratne without bouncing and the leg-spinning all-rounder proceeded to send the ball over the mid-wicket boundary for six to win the game for the Panthers.
It was an enthralling finish to a game of cricket which gave the Panthers their first win since round seven and ensured the Second XI kept their spot in the top four. The win should give the boys the boost they desperately required as they head to Toorak Park to battle Prahran on Saturday.
Unfortunately the surrounds at Greaves were too wet to enable play to get under way at all.
Better luck next week.
Our thirds were sent in to bat at Uni and Max and Hamish got us off to a good start before Max was out with a good 25 leading the pair in shotmaking. Hamish then added 50 with Daud before he was out for 32. It was hard to get the ball away and in the end we had to settle for 177 with Daud (49) receiving support from James Maxwell and Tryan both with 18.
In reply Melbourne Uni looked to be in control of the game before some tight cricket saw a flurry of wickets and Uni under scoreboard pressure. In the end they fell 4 runs short giving us the win. With the ball Josh Sawrey once more proved effective with 3 wickets, joined by Tryan also with 3.
Sunday saw the women's 3rd's hit the road and take the trip to Aberfeldie Park to take on EMP. Winning the toss Dandenong sent in EMP to bat first. The girls have worked hard through the season becoming a very hungry bowling/fielding side.
Opening spell Burns (4 overs 1/8) and Mahendran (4 overs 2/12) began very tight and wickets falling. Our second spell bowling for the second week has been amazing. Clark (8 overs 2/22) and Phillips (7 overs 3/25) both drying up runs from each end. Making it difficult to score in the middle overs. Lewis, Chadha and Clydesdale also chipping in and success with the ball as well, a combination that saw them having 9 overs 23 runs. We had EMP all out for 93. Our catching was out of this world. Shalee pitching in with 3 catches and one for Monty and our own Meera took a worthy KFC Classic Catch in at mid-wicket running to her left and taking an amazing dive catch!!! Absolutely brilliant.
We welcomed Bron onto the field for the first time this season too. Our batting was solid. Our partnerships were amazing. Maxwell (15) and Katarey (9) opened and stayed solid. Phillips (15) having a great go with the bat as well. Hyderbad and Lewis bringing it home in the 32nd over for the win. The win puts us equal 1st this season and only sitting in 2nd due to %. Absolute amazing season for these girls. The run home with 2 games left see us to take on Plenty Valley and Melbourne in our last two weeks.
At 3 for 35 we were in a bit of trouble but Jarryd Cameron was promoted in the order abnd went in to join Jaskabeer and steadied the innings. They combined to add 60 before the latter was out for 23. Jarryd (62 off 63) continued on with Josh Bennetts (57* off 63) and thanks in particular to these 2 we finished with 8 for 199.
Jarryd was having a good day and early on just missed on a hattrick and finished with 3. Matt and Hivin took 2 each in what was a comprehensive win with Uni always being off the pace save for a late flurry when it was too late.
That gave the men all 4 wins for the day against Melbourne Uni, typically strong through all grades.
ARCTIC FOODS PLAYERS OF THE DAY
The player of the day this week is undoubtedly Montana Phillips who added a top score of 15 to her 3 wickets in EMP’s innings as well as taking a catch.
It was difficult to separate 3 players this week.
In the ones Ed Newman was welcomed back from the BBL and blazed 120 unbeaten off 122 balls with 7 fours and 5 sixes. His innings was the main reason we were able to set such a challenging total.
Gehan started the day with 2 for 43 and troubled the well set Uni bats, dismissing bot well set openers. He then dragged the team back from what looked like certain defeat with a great cameo of 42 off 30 balls and 2 sixes in the last over including one on the last possible ball. Boys Own stuff and thrilling for all our supporters.
Jarryd Cameron in the fours has not been wanted with the bat but added 62 on promotion and returned his best figures with us picking up the first 3 wickets to fall.
All 3 were dominant and deserving but the Player of the Day falls to Ed with his first ton for us in the ones.