The 1st XI made it 3 wins from 3 games with a complete all round performance whilst weather played havoc for our 2nds who got washed away, all the while tough losses on the hard wicket rounded out the fortnight.
The wet conditions didn't worry our 1st XI as the boys lost the toss for the 3rd straight week. Bowling first didn't seem all too bad after the first ball of the day, as skipper Tom Mathieson made it 1/0 with his loosener. Jack Hall played the perfect opening bowling role picking up 2 wickets of his own as Newtown were struggling at 3/21. A sharp catch in the gully by Sam Hall soon made it 4/36 as Lachy Hayes grabbed his 1st. Mitch Troy picked up his first just on break as the boys went to the interval right on top. A slight rain delay after the break made things harder for the batsman more than anything as Soup and Mitchell spun the game away from Newtown. Mitch finishing with figures of 15 overs, 3/24 As Newtown was all out for 124 in the 64th over.
With 14 overs to face on the 1st night, we managed to lose 2 wickets, Sam and Greggy. Vass and Layton comfortably seen us thru to stumps at 2/42. Day 2 came around and a slight niggle in Vass's Calf meant Sam Hall was required to run for him. He and Layton started the Day 2 off well for the boys as victory was in sight. For the 2nd game in a row Vass was run out after bringing up his 50, the curse of the runner. Layton didn't let that worry him as he continued to find the middle of his bat. After making 93 last season against Newtown, he wasn't going to make the same mistake this year as he brought up his 3 figures with a push to the off side. He then continued on hitting some big boundaries until he eventually fell for 127, 3 more runs then Newtown's entire score. Braden Szponar would then bring up his half century before stumps were pulled at 4/272 with the guys retaining the Pearce Hynes shield whilst also sitting comfortable after 3 wins to start the year.
The 2nds hit a speed bump in their season with a mishap in Newtown's Covers. With 190 in their sights the boys turned up this week to find that water had leaked through the covers and onto the wicket causing the game to be abandoned and the points shared. The boys may now be shaking their heads after having Newtown 8/85 at break on day 1. Cal Ferg in only his 3rd game for the club picked up 4/39 and Mango 3/34 before letting Newtown slip away to their eventual score of 190. In reply we were 1/1 with a long batting line up, but now we'll never know what could have been.
The 3rds also hit a speed bump in their season, this time causing them to lose a tightly contested game. Batting first Cam Alford was at his attacking best early. He and Lachy Viv had got our guys to 1/45 before Lachy departed. Xav Norman then came in and played the support role for Cam until Cam fell for 41. At 5/133 the guys were staring down 200 but a collapse then seen us all out for 148. Our last 5 bats all failing to score.
With the ball we needed early in roads and they were hard to come by. Will Milsome was first to strike before Birchy and Bagga both joined in. Newtown were 3/51 and the game looked like swinging back in our favour. Hugo Clatworthy picked up a wicket and soon it was 4/72. That soon became 5/94 when Hugo picked up his 2nd wicket and our guys were on top. Unlike our batting Innings, the Newtown middle order bats dug in and were able to drag the side out of trouble and over the line to victory. Whilst a few drop catches looked costly, it was the batting at the end last week that inevitably cost the boys the game.
The 4ths suffered 2 hard fought losses over the past fortnight, both games going down to the wire. Last week batting first our guys made 172 thanks to Daniel Davey 47 and Jarrod Brown 36. In reply the boys dragged the game into the 2nd last over courtesy of the young bowling attack.
This week we batted first against Murghie making a similar score of 8/177 from the 35 allotted overs due to the rain. Following on from last week, both Daniel Davey 54* and Jarrod Brown 37 got amongst the runs again. The young bowling attack then made Murghie work for their runs and once again they took the game into the dying overs. Unluckily for us with 10 balls to spare Murghie picked up the win, making it 2 hard losses for the fortnight.
The 5ths also suffered 2 losses over the fortnight. Last week the guys went down to Bell Park with Joel Bennett highlighting the day with a quick fire 50. Kobie Milsome wasn't to be out done picking up 3/31. This week the guys lost to St Peters. 12 year old Fred Lucas showed the rest of the side how it was done with 50* in his first ever senior game. He then backed it up with 2 wickets to be the pick of the bowlers.
So we bank 5.5 points towards the overall club championship this week and now turn our focus to South Barwon next week. Before Saturday comes around we'll get an early taste of South Barwon as our T20 matches start this Tuesday Night. The match is at home kicking off at 5pm. No training obviously. Adam Costello takes the reigns as skipper and in exciting news we've recruited in a Marquee player for the T20s, Anglesea all-rounder Dale Kerr. The side lines up as follows... A.Costello, A.Fergusson, B.McGregor, S.Hall, B.Szponar, B.Troy, M.Troy, D.Kerr, N.Berry, C.Meehan, N.Pearson.
Last week we enjoyed our 140th Birthday Celebrations in what was a huge night for the club. Over 130 people turned out to hear stories from the greats such as Laurie Winch, Gordon McKay, Neil Alford, Alf Clark, Graeme Beaumont and Geoff Ryan. The night was a huge success and it was all due to the efforts of everyone involved. Well done guys!