After 10 long weeks of training and months and months of planning, the 2019/20 season kicked off in a big way over the weekend with the club winning 3 out of the 4 grades, including our 1st XI bringing home the Winch Mullen Shield.
A mighty fine debut from all rounder Alistair McCann has got the boys off to the ideal start, having lost the toss and bowling first, things turned sour early when Kingy popped his calf in the 11th over. The Joeys bats had settled and were starting to look comfortable at the crease. Skipper Tom then introduced our new tall left arm off spinner Alistair 'Soup Guts' McCann, who made an impact straight away. Along with fellow off spinner Mitch Troy, the guys swung the game back in our favour, Soup finishing with 3/23 and Mitchell 1/33 as we restricted Joeys to 7/179.
The guys got off to the ideal start with the bat. New opening combination Sam Hall and Damian Vassiliou made batting look fairly easy as they put 40 on the board inside 7 overs. Sam went for 1 big shot too many and fell for 17 whilst Vass continued on making batting look easy. Newcomer Brayden McGregor came to the crease and looked busy before a leading edge brought his innings to an abrupt end. Fergy then joined Vass and the pair quickly put on 40 before they both fell in quick succession. Vass falling 3 short of 50 with a fine knock of 47. At 4/99 the game was in the balance as we had 2 fresh batsman at the crease, Alistair and his older brother Layton. The brothers took their time to settle in before they got the scoreboard ticking over again. Layton playing the classy shots whilst Soup got aggressive. With the finish line insight Soup fell for 27, however Layton toughed it out and seen us home with 9 overs to spare. Layton finishing 37* and the Shield returning back to the Nest.
Similar to the 1sts, our 2nds had a new captain in Craig Biddiscombe and just like our 1sts we lost the toss and we're bowling first. Things didnt go to plan early with Sammy Wakefield taking the new ball with little effect on the slow wicket. Braden Szponar was introduced with immediate impact to kick start the day for the boys. At the other end, Mango, playing in his 250th game, was then brought on and was at his miserly best. His 10 over spell consisted of 5 maidens, which slowed the game right up and started turning things back in our favour. With Joeys 5/89 our guys were right on top, however they couldn't keep it up and Joeys snuck away at the back end of the innings. A couple of late wickets to Casey Meehan slowed Joeys up however they finished with a better then par score of 9/187.
With a monster task ahead of them and a slowish batting deck to do it on, the cards were stacked against our guys. Tone and Lachy Viv started off the innings perfectly, slow but perfectly. Tone started to lift the tempo once he was in whilst Lachy kept rotating the strike. Lachy fell for 17 as the pair put on 63. Tone was then joined by Blake Troy who came in and played the exact same supporting role. With 100 to get from the last 25 overs Tone started to lift the tempo, pushing past 70, then 80 and then into the nervous 90s. Unfortunately just like last year with the century insight Tone was dismissed for 96, this time skying a ball to the boundary as fatigue was setting in. The job was done however as Braden Szponar came in and made the result a formality as the guys won with 7 wickets in hand with 15 balls remaining.
Last year's Grand Finalists started the year off on the winners list once again after another dominant bowling effort. Spinners seemed to be the flavour of the day as young Tom 'Bagga' Bagg ran thru Joeys middle order after Tim Birch snagged a couple early. With slow bowling playing a major part thru the middle overs, Col re introduced Opening bowler and new player to the club Cal Ferguson with immediate impact. Cal looked too fast for the joeys middle order and was rewarded with 2 wickets as Joeys were bowled out for 98.
Chasing 98 with Cam Alford in the side to bat aggressively, things were tracking along nicely early. Cam fell for 24 after sharing a 42 run opening stand with Xavier Norman. With a long batting line up, the remaining 57 runs to win should have been a walk in the park. However Joeys weren't going to roll over that easily as we went from 0/42 to 5/79 in pretty quick fashion. Luckily enough 15 year old Patty Visentin had a cool head and steered the boys to within 4 runs of victory before he fell. With Col still in there wasn't any further panic stations as the guys crept home with 3 wickets in hand to walk away winners.
The 4ths couldn't quite make it 4 from 4 for the weekend. Losing the toss became the normal for us this weekend as we made it 4 out of 4 losses of the toss. Skipper Hillsy took the new ball and picked up the first wicket of the day. New player Aaron Beecroft looked good with ball in hand as his 9 overs only went for 18 runs, whilst returning junior Daniel Davey found himself amongst the wickets. Hillsy re introduced himself later in the innings and picked up 2 quick wickets to restrict Joeys to 8/155.
155 on our Outside ground, first game of the year was probably always a better then par score and it was going to take some good batting to chase it down. Things started ok with Harry Vivian at the crease. 2/60 and the game was there to be won, however when Deccy Clark and Will Milsome both fell a horrible collapse occurred and the boys were skittled for just 89. Losing our last 8 wickets for just 20 runs. Still plenty of positives to come out of the game and with a few more numbers due back next week, the sides should get better again.
If you turned up to the first night of pre season and were told that in round 1 you would win 3 out of the 4 games you'd take it every day of the week. So we will and now we move on and look ahead to Leopold this week. They won a couple of games themselves in their 1sts and their 3rds, so the boys will have to be on again this week for a repeat effort.
Monday October 7, 2019 9:22AM