A chanceless 150 from North Geelong's favourite son highlighted a great day for the club as the boys made it 7 wins out of 8 to start the Senior year. Not even a bout of Gastro could stop the guys as the illness threatened to derail the sides with 3 late changes coming on Saturday Morning.
It's been almost 4 years, 1323 days in fact since Sam Hall last scored a century for the black and white, but on Saturday he re-wrote his own Senior record with his highest ever 1st XI score to help the boys to a huge win. After being sent in, Sam and opening partner Vass seen off any early challenge from the Leopold attack. Going at a good rate Sam was first to bring up his 50 with Vass following in the next over. After raising his bat, Vass ran himself out as he mis-judged a single to mid off. Brayden McGregor came in and played the perfect support role for Sam as he continued on through the middle overs. When Brayden fell in the 38th over the score was 2/170 and the guys were eyeing off 250. Moments later Sam brought up his 3 figures and he wanted more, crashing the balls to the boundary at ease. Fergy found batting easy as well picking up the odd boundary himself. With the overs running out Sam brought up his 150 before a sharp catch at mid off brought his innings to an end. Fergy and Alistair McCann had a bit of fun at the end as we finished 4/275.
Staring down at a large total, Leopold came out in an aggressive manner. Luckily for us Lachy Hayes was up to the task as he hurried the batsman on. His consistent line and length became too much for the Leopold opener, spooning a catch straight to Tom at mid off. 4 balls later he picked up his 2nd as the batsman shouldered arms to a ball that cut back in. Lachy would go on and bowl his 10 straight out, finishing with figures of 2/28 from the allotted overs. Alistair McCann then replaced him at his end as Leopold put the foot down trying to keep ahead of the run rate. The spin duo of Soup and Mitch worked brilliantly for us last week and after a few loose overs to begin with it started to work again. Both guys picked up a wicket and choked the life out of the Leopold innings. With danger Bat Corey Ogle still at the crease it took a piece of Andrew Fergusson brilliance to remove him via a run out off the bowlers hand. Sometimes it's by accident, but this was no accident, Fergy deliberately using the indoor cricket tactic to all but end the contest. From there the game drifted into the late overs before Leopold were finally dismissed for 216, giving our guys a 59 run win.
The 2nds had to make 2 changes early Saturday morning due to the Gastro Illness. Lachy Szponar playing his first game of the year was called up into the 2nds and he made the most of his promotion with a brilliant unbeaten century. After such a good win in round 1, the boys continued their batting momentum into this game as everything just seemed to click. Last week's hero Tone couldn't do it twice in a row but still managed a 43 run opening stand with Lachy. Blake Troy chipped in, but the innings really kicked into gear when skipper Craig Biddiscombe joined Lachy. The pair put on 128 together as the guys took the game away from Leopold. When Biddis was dismissed for 68, Lachy continued on to bring up his 3 figures. Casey Meehan also played a cameo role as the guys finished 3/255. Lachy 108*.
Runs on the board, the boys didn't get off to the greatest of starts with the ball. Openers Sam Wakefield and Turf debutant Cal Ferguson both went at 5 an over early in their spells and forced Biddis into making an early change. He went with the spin of Mango and it proved to be a match winning move. The slow bowling off spinner changed the game within overs as he picked up 4 wickets to break the back of the Leopold's Top and Middle order. 10 overs, 5 maidens, 4/15 and the game was all but over. Golden arm Blake Troy was thrown the ball and he picked up 2 wickets to go with his 0 byes as a keeper last week, showing his all round cricket ability as Leopold were all out for 143.
The 3rd XI Juggernaut continues to roll on with another fairly complete bowling effort. It's actually quite underated how many different bowlers chip in and do the job for the 3s but it continues to work. Batting first this week, the guys went with experience and aggression at the top order as Col Millard and Cam Alford took to the Leopold attack. After 6 overs the guys had rocketed their way to 0/45 with Col being the more aggressive bat. Col would eventually fall for 44 but that would only bring Nat Pearson to the crease. It didn't take Nat long to find his feet either as he and Cam put on 75 in pretty reasonable time before Cam fell for 55. Nat would continue on and finish unbeaten on 82 as the guys made 5/220.
220's a score that hasn't been achieved against our 3rds in quite some time. All the bowlers played their role including the Clatworthy brothers, Fraser and Hugo, who between them picked up 4 of the first 6 wickets. Usual suspects Tom Bagg and Tim Birch weren't missing out either as they both picked up 2 wickets each as the guys strangled Leopold to finish 9/111.
The 4th XI is on the board. That's right the young 4th XI came away winners against a fairly experienced Leopold 4th XI side. Deccy Clark showed some maturity with a knock of 46. He shared a great partnership with fellow youngster Harry Vivian as the pair put on 60 for the 2nd wicket. Jarrod Brown came in at 4 and added some polish to the innings as the guys finished 4/166 from their 45 overs.
It was going to take a fairly complete bowling effort to get the win and that's exactly what the guys did. With such a young side, it was great to see some important contributions from the Senior guys in the side. Captain Hillsy led the way, 7 overs, 1/3. Aaron Beecroft also put in a great spell, 7 overs, 2/17, but it was Daniel Davey who picked up two big scalps to get the guys over the line for their first win of the season and sealing the whitewash for the club.
There's not a lot of better feelings then a whitewash from the club perspective. The full 9.87 points are great to bank for the club championship, but now it's time to turn our attention to the 2 day format and to our long time rivals Newtown, who are currently undefeated in the 1st XI, making next week's contest for the Pearce-Hynes Sheld a mouth watering contest.
Saturday is also expected to be our biggest night of the season with our special 140th Birthday Celebrations kicking off at 7pm. We've got club legends ready to tell us all about our great club and the night is building to be something special. Pre paid Tickets are still available, although we ask that you buy up ASAP as catering is important. The Night promises to be a huge one for this great club!