The rain has played havoc over the past 2 weeks as no turf cricket was able to be played either week. Last week's torrential rain Friday night and Saturday morning washed out all cricket, whilst the Hard wicket was able to get on this week for mixed results.
Whilst the 1s and 2s guys played a bit of AFL 9's to keep the energy flowing the 3s braved the cold out at South Barwon Reserve. Winning the toss and bowling due to the conditions, our guys were on the back foot early. South dropped a couple of their 2s guys back to the 3s due to the washout and got on top of our bowling early. Lachy Viv got the first breakthrough however wickets were hard to come by. Will Milsome was introduced with immediate impact. The left armer was getting just enough wobble to cause trouble to the batsman. His 3 wickets pegged South right back however a late flurry of runs seen South post 7/199 from their 45 overs.
Our guys started well with openers Fraser and Lachy Viv ticking the strike over. Just as both guys started to find the boundary, Lachy Viv fell. Col didn't hang around long either and then Fraser was dismissed as well leaving the guys reeling at 3/51 and a long way from victory. Young guys Harry Vivian and Xavier Norman steadied however found it hard to push the scoring along. Big Cam upped the tempo however wickets continued to fall, Will Milsome finished 18 not out as our guys fell short, finishing 8/153.
The 4ths suffered another dissapointing loss, this time on the back of a poor batting effort. Winning the toss and bowling first, young openers Deccy Clark and Hugo Clatworthy applied the pressure early. Az Beecroft came on and kept things tight. Whilst wickets were hard to come by the pressure from the bowlers was good enough to restrict South to 3/173.
Things didnt start great with the bat, losing Deccy and Jarrod Brown early. Jarrod Hills spent some time in the middle and just as it looked like he could get the guys within striking distance he was caught on the fence. 3/83 soon became 4/106 when Will Savickas was dismissed and from there the hopes of winning went out the window as Mitch Elliot(14*) ran out of partners and the boys were all out for 143.
The 5ths celebrated their first win of the year on the back of 3 standout performances. Batting first Joel Bennett was up to his usual business of crashing boundaries. His 43 came in a short amount of time as nobody else could get a score away. Their total of 116 didn't look anywhere near enough until Josh Rhodes and Will Demasi were let loose on the Joeys batting line up. The openers ran riot on Joeys top order with Will Demasi picking up 3/12, whilst Rhodesy picked up 5/19, Fletcher Keck then rounded things out with 1/14 meaning 9 out of the 10 wickets fell to our under 17 kids and handed new skipper Craig Elliott his first win as captain.
Lets now hope the weather clears and we can start turning our attention to Murgheboluc. Before we get to Saturday we have our 2nd T20 game Tuesday Night, once again it's at home and we're also taking on Murgheboluc. The side is A.Costello, S.Hall, A.Fergusson, L.McCann, A.McCann, B.Szponar, T.Mathieson, C.Meehan, M.Troy, C.Ferguson, L.Hayes. The rest of the guys will be having a hit down the nets, so bring your training gear.
Finally yesterday our club was chosen to host the U21 Barwon Rockets. We had 1 representative in the side, Alistair McCann and he didn't dissapoint the home crowd. With the Rockets finding it hard to get a wicket Alistair was introduced with immediate impact. His 10 overs pegged the game back in Barwon's favour with the big fella picking up 2/24. Then with game on the line Alistair was required to get the boys home with the bat. Batting at 6 and still needing 70 runs to win, big Soup finished the game with 38 not out in what was a serious clutch performance to keep the Rockets finals hopes alive. Next week they head to Footscray with Alistair a certainty to make an impact once more.