Round Review October 28th
Guess what! All teams won except for the fourths whom played the thirds, and A Grade, B Grade and the sixths are undefeated. What a week for the club!
Playing against another finals side from last year, our A Grade travelled to North Eltham. Batting first we compiled yet another massive first innings score. Thanks to excellent contributions from skipper Josh Adams (89), Justin Benney (55), Jacob Ramsey (46) and Danyon Kambouris (44) we amassed 9/298. A fantastic effort by the boys! Once again our bowlers did the job with little fuss. We bowled North Eltham out for 128 securing a victory by 170 runs. Mick Hansen (3/32), Luke “Wunga” Campitelli (3/40) and Daniel “Tubby” Taylor (2/16) were the chief destroyers in a magnificent team effort. Man of the match goes to Josh Adams for his spectacular innings of 89.
Without skipper Jarrod Williams, B Grade headed to Macleod hoping to continue their undefeated start to the season. Bowling first we managed to restrict Macleod to 128 thanks to a magnificent team bowling performance. Every bowler hit their straps with stand-in skipper Mitch Elzink (5/17) and Cal Sexton (2/22) the pick of the bowlers. We then had a shaky start to our innings with 17 overs remaining in the day. We collapsed to 3/11, before steadying the ship to 3/33 at stumps. Requiring 96 runs to win overnight with seven wickets in hand we chased our target comfortably to win by four wickets. The chase was aided by strong contributions from Dale Wells (39*), Steve Luff (24), Andy Taylor (24) and Mitch Elzink (21).
The Thirds and Fourths
The Diamond Creek derby saw the thirds play the fourths at Marngrook. The thirds batted first only able to score 120, with Geoff Milner (62) and Noah Merrett (18) the pick of the batsmen. For the fourths Rob Pearce (4/24) and Purna Gurung (3/22) did the damage. Then late in the day the match took a massive twist. The fourths top order were dismantled as they collapsed to 7/48 with Lachie Sewell (3/20) and Nick Farren-Price (2/12) doing the damage.
Playing against the fourths the thirds recorded their first win of the season. The match went to a second innings in the hope of an outright victory however this could not be achieved. None the less there were some strong contributions from Lachie Sewell (4/21), DJ NFP (3/17) and Nick Ireland (3/14). Hopefully this win can kick start a promising season for the thirds.
Famous for their “F Grade Shout” the fourths continued to struggle against a strong thirds outfit. Nevertheless they played with an outstanding fighting spirit with notable contributions from Chris Guy (30) and Adam Sheep McKenzie (28) to starve off an outright defeat. We will be looking to record our first win this week to kick-start our season.
Unfortunately the G2 Crew’s premiership hangover continued as they could only manage 130. Paul Ritchie (Fat Cat) top scored with 34 alongside skipper Stu Mangin (30). The opposition, Banyule then safely made their way to 0/14 at stumps. With their backs against the wall staring down the barrel of a winless start to their premiership defence the fifths did exactly that. They dismissed Banyule for 125 to record their first win of the season. Stu Mangin (3/7),”Cappuccino” Chris (2/26) and Rob Petrosino (2/8) did the damage with the ball, with the win sealed through a magnificent direct hit run out by Rob Petrosino. We will look to continue this form into next week.
Yet another massive score for the club as the sixths amassed 6/322. Adam Pendry batted for the entire 68 overs as he crafted a magnificent 102*, whilst skipper Grant Shallard (92) and Frank Parker (61*) contributed brilliantly. In convincing fashion we rolled South Morang for 76 to record an almighty 246 run victory. Paul Freeman played courageously through a vicious eye injury to record the ridiculous figures of 5 overs (3/2) whilst Frank Parker also claimed 3/11. Man of the match though goes to Adam Pendry for his patient knock of 102* on day one, whereby he demonstrated tremendous DCCC spirit to bat through the entire innings.
Playing on the original “field of dreams” Campbell Street Reserve the sevenths remarkably managed to provide the club’s top score of the round with 8/330. It was not all rosy for the team though as we slumped to 4/23 early in the innings. Then magnificent hundreds from U/16 Keenan Carr (100) and Cal Gleeson (126*) paved the way for a big score. Ash Wilson then continued his batting renaissance, proving that age is no barrier on his way to a quick-fire 47. We dismissed Mill Park for 279 to record a 43 run victory at Campbell Street “The Field of Dreams”. With the ball, Ryan Weedon (3/26), Cal Gleeson (2/35) and Ash Wilson (2/51) were amongst our best. Special mentions to Benjamin Wilson for fielding brilliantly alongside his father as a much needed sub fielder. Man of the match undoubtedly goes to Cal Gleeson for his 126* and (2/35).