1st XI MATCH REPORTROUND 2 – ONE DAY GAME VERSES LYSTERFIELD
On another perfect day for cricket the 1st XI was at home for the first time in season 2018/19 hosting last yeas runner up and competition powerhouse Lysterfield in a one dayer. Coming off a very solid performance in round one and making only one change to the side we were asked to field first by Lysterfield skipper Nathan Hicks.
Hicks along with his opening partner came out with a clear plan to attack and after just 6 overs had reached 0/62 with a chance gone begging in the second over and a couple of balls just clearing fielders we were clearly in a tough spot. Chris Darling (0/14 off 4) entered the attack with skipper Peter Dean (1/16 off 6) and managed to stem the flow as Hicks was joined by Brolic to knock the ball around during the middle overs.
With another couple of tough catches put down and Hicks raising his bat not long after tea Lysterfield looked set for a score of 300 plus. During this period youngster Ted Box (0/36) was again superb with his leg spin and in the final 8 overs fellow youngsters Josh Langer 6 overs 1/36 and Hunter Greenall 6 overs 0/39 held Lysterfield to a run a ball which saw them post a score of 2/262.
In response we lost an early wicket which brought Tim Scott to the crease to join Langer and the pair steadied the ship with a partnership of 45 before Scott fell for 18 leaving us at 2/45 from 11 overs. Coming off a superb round one performance Tom Gelbert joined Langer and blasted a quick fire 36 to give us a chance after drinks, 3/111. Josh Langer was still at the crease and soon after brought up his maiden 1st XI 50 which was no doubt the highlight of the day. Looing to keep track of the run rate Langer was stumped for 57. Quick fire contributions of 14 and 15 respectively from Greenall and Andy Bruce helped us stay in the game, however as their wickets fell the Lysterfield bowlers tightened the screws and we batted the day out to finish a 8/160.
It’s been a huge two weeks against Monbulk and Lysterfield who will no doubt be sitting towards the top of the ladder come finals. This week sees us return to two day cricket hosting Knox Gardens in what is a huge game for us to get our season up and running.
2nd XI MATCH REPORTROUND 2 – ONE DAY GAME VERSES KNOX BORONIA CHURCHES
Fielding a very much unchanged side from last week, with Jonty Scott coming in for Alex, Olinda Fourth Grade side was hoping again to acquit itself well against what looked to be a strong Knox Boronia Churches outfit.
Again, we lost the toss and went out to field on a large but very quick Dobson Reserve. We wanted to again bowl full but we didn’t quite manage to do as well as we might have hoped as an overall summary of our bowling effort.
Aidan and Mitch opened the bowling again but could get the breakthrough we needed. Some good bowling interspersed with the odd bad ball allowed KBC to get off to a sound start. Jonty came on to bowl and with good control quietened things down for us and broke the opening partnership with good catch being taken by Oscar. KBC 1 for 30.
From here there were three sound partnerships that hurt us a bit. As we rotated the bowlers runs continued to flow with wickets falling at 97 (2 for), 136 (3 for) and 181 (four for). During that time Kieran bowled tightly and everyone contributed well with their ground fielding.
A run of wickets from here ensued as KBC chased quick runs, with them finishing on 9 for 237.
Pick of the bowlers was Jonty who finished with four wickets and bowled well under real pressure.
Final figures for the bowlers were:
a) Aiden – 0 for 20 off 5b) Mitch – 2 for 37 off 8c) Jonty – 4 for 69 off 8d) Josh – 0 for 12 off 4e) Kieran – 0 for 33 off 8f) Ryan – 0 for 38 off 4g) Oscar – 0 for 16 off 2h) Matthew – 0 for 1 off 1
While we did field well on the ground I think all the lads would be really disappointed with our catching, which ultimately cost us the match. We dropped too many and gave KBC too many free chances. We must work hard to eradicate this…
Going out to bat our plan was to retain wickets in the first20 overs and set ourselves up for a wicket in hand chase in the last section of the innings.
We did mange that goal with the score being 2 for 59 at the 20 overmark. We were badly hurt by Adrian being the victim of a terribly rough call early and it made the mountain to climb just that bit harder.
Matthew and Campbell pushed us along to 81 in the 23rd over before Matthew was dismissed for a solid 29. Ryan came and went, hitting the first ball he faced for 6 and then heading off for Manuel duties at the local pizza joint. Score now was 4 for 91 and we needed 146 off 15 overs at just on 10 an over.
This proved just that stretch too far but boy did we give it a good shake and we were probably in it with a real chance to chase them down until the last 2 overs.
Roger and Campbell put on 66 in quick time before Roger ran out of gas and then Kieran and Campbell put on another 64 to get us really close, with Kieran scoring an elegant 42. Unfortunately, in normal chaos of the big run chase we just fell short.
In the end it came to us needing 38 off the last 3 overs and it was just too much. Wickets fell quickly and in the end, we concluded our innings at 9 for 220, 17 runs short.
The absolute highlight of our innings was the way Campbell anchored the chase. Coming in early he batted nearly the entire innings and finished with a fabulous 61, his highest knock thus far. He is to be congratulated for his temperament and persistence and all hail a great innings.
Overall a great chase but unfortunately no cigar.
Next week the two day games begin so it will be interesting to see how we go in that format. The team can take a lot away from the game and can feel really proud of their efforts. It is a real challenge to chase down a big total and to almost do so is a great achievement.
3rd XI MATCH REPORTROUND 2 – ONE DAY GAME VERSES JOHNSON PARK
Another great day on the hill , lost the toss Johnson Park sent us in for a bat which is what I would of done anyway .Opened with D med & Mike Hyett lost D med early for 6 tez in next ,boys looked settled then tez popped one up for caught & bowled for 9 ,Liam made a quick 2 hitting ball to long on then bringing strop out,Mike went out next ball bowled trying to sweep leaving us in bit of trouble at 4/40 .?Fig in next on hatrick ball ,survived that then looked to rebuild the innings with strop ,built a great partnership with many 4s and quick singles fig made 32 getting us to 5/99 ??Sid in with 11 overs left continued his form from last week smashing the ball everywhere ,strop enjoyed the opener coming back on hitting a great six over long off ,boys batted brilliantly getting us to 191 , Sid 60 not out &Strop 52 not out was great to watch.??Humphries boys opened the bowling , bit unlucky early liam bowled with good pace beating the bat several times .Tez & Karim next spell was good but still could not get that breakthrough then D med rolled the arm over getting our first Wicket lbw leaving them at 1/38 after 13.Karim bowled really well finishing with 0/20 off 7.Col Scott finally got his chance to bowl after 20 years he was a bit rusty with figures of 0/23 off 3 but great to see him back.The opener had to go to work retired not out,No 3 batsman was hitting a few fours but we were bowling a bit short to him so I brought liam back on with results with first ball bowling him out ,good quick ball Liam 1/10off 6 ,Johnson park in trouble at 2/93 off 24 .Percy back from basketball bowled fantastic getting our 3rd wicket with a well flighted leg spinner going under the bat smashing the stumps 1/28 off 7.Alex chipped in with run out at the end which was great .Leaving Johnson Park 4/126 off 35.
4th XI MATCH REPORTROUND 2 – ONE DAY GAME VERSES MONBULK
Good Evening Readers,
With the President promoted into the upper echelons of the Olinda CC ie the 4ths, playing in Division 8, I might add. The rest of our motley crew thought we should set out to impress. For Round 2 the Skipper worked his magic, winning the toss and after thinking “we should bat” then decided and announced to our Monbulk opposition that “We’ll bat”. Now advice was given, suggesting we could put Monbulk in after their less than glamorous performance in Round 1, we could get them out quickly, then we could finish the game and be home early, for what? to mow the grass? do the washing? paint the deck? I don’t know but… )
So M Burgan, after success in Round 1, was again keen to put the first bruises on their new kookaburra with President Strauss in support. On a pitch at Mt Evelyn, sunk Mariana Trench like, into the depths of Morrison Reserve, bowlers had to be careful as they jumped down onto the pitch from the surrounding escarpment during their run up. Unfortunately most of the Olinda batsmen often failed to execute the uppishness in one’s strokes required to clear those same said embattlements along the pitch. This rendered many a good shot just a consummate Waste of Effort.So slowly and somewhat ineffectively Olinda’s batsmen toiled for 4 overs before Matty was runout 11 (I’ll leave questions as to the surrounding ceremony of it, for the lads to debate during coming rounds). Our Great white hope Ric Wall, who had arrived in only thongs, on his feet! (inspection of attire stopped there) had fortunately returned from a hasty trip home, by this stage and with appropriate attire so went in to bat but for a short while.
This was closely followed by two more wickets and at 4/25 in the 12th, thinks weren’t great. This brought Pete Bolam and Zac Pitts together however and they managed to do a little more damage than their predecessors adding 28 before Zac came back. Leading KB, another known Runner Outerer, to the crease. A productive partnership emerged from the Trench with 63 more added before KB ran himself out 10. A meagre 9 more runs got us to 125 in the 32nd when Bolam didn’t quite get it past the fielder and he came back with a good 59 to his name. The remaining Olinda batsmen contributed more by running on byes and wides then actually hitting the ball to any effect and got us to 9/137 as it turned out. NB scoring lessons will be dealt out in the very near future, as there was some debate around this score’s voracity.
After tea we took to the field with KB and Jordy Ardley taking on a big hitting opener with a need to score quickly to get away to attend a 21st, of course. KB was able to remove the other opener in the 2nd but that didn’t cool the Party goer’s enthusiasm. Pete Hayne did try to prove to Ric Wall that he really had been horizontal, taking catches in Round 1 but we were just left with “You should’ve been here last week”. It was left to Matty Burgan to take a blinder off Zac’s flighted ball, (it had to be, it was the only catch we held all afternoon) to remove the opener in the 12th. And they’re 2/58
We kept pushing with Zac taking another wicket, Brendan chipping in with one until Pete Bolam’s powers of persuasion impressed the ump, and us, for an lbw. Bolam then took the next wicket, bowled but this brought their unorthodox Square Bat Specialist to the crease, thanks Pete! He proceeded to hit everything to the fence or near enough before KB had ENOUGH of giving him a fruity over & got under that square bat.Now Bolam was keen for us to get KB back into the attack at the death, but something about cakes and eating them too, was also quick to point out how easy it is to get wickets attributed to your name whilst Cleaning up the Tail, as KB pieced together 4/31 off his 7 overs.The game ran close as we didn’t manage to finish the last batsmen off and in the last over KB took 1/3 ending proceedings with only 8 runs to spare. Phew!Best bowling KB 7 ov 4/31, Bolam 7 ov 2m 2/8, Zac Pitts 7 ov 1m 2/18, Brendan Filluel 4 ov 1/6, Pete Hayne 4 ov 1m 0/7 (1 dropped by KB, 1 by himself), M Burgan 2 ov 0/19 (Matty also copped the square bat basher)
Well done those 4ths!