A Gritty Murgheboluc Batting effort was the only downside to what was a fairly successful Fortnight for the club. The 1s guys may have suffered their first loss however the other 3 grades held up their end of the deal with huge wins.
Layton McCann, Sam Hall and Damian Vassiliou all continue to get amongst the runs as the guys finally got to play some cricket. Hally and Vass shared a 93 run stand at the top before Sam fell. Vass fell just on break to slow proceedings down however Layton McCann more then made up for it after tea with another polished 81, throwing away a chance at a century by doing the team thing.
284 looked like plenty and at tea break on day 2, you would think the game was still swaying in our favour. Murghie were 2/89 and still needing 197 runs from the remaining 41 overs, however as we all know the runs do flow after tea and with 2 set bats, our bowlers didn't really have an answer for the challenge. Tom Mathieson toiled hard all day with 4/85 from 23 overs. He had plenty of support from Soup Guts and Hayesy, however full credit goes to Murghie to chase down the total with 8 balls remaining.
The 2nd XI hadn't set foot on a ground for 3 weeks before taking to the field last week. Skipper Biddis won the toss and sent Murghie in, just purely for the guys to spend some time in the field together. The decision worked as we skittled through Murghie for just 84. Usual suspects Cal Ferguson and Mango both picking up 3 wickets a piece.
In reply our guys set out to chase down the runs on day 1. With the weather that's been around who knew what this week was going to dish up. Tone Armistead took a liking to the Murghie attack as he raced to 50. Lachy Szponar, who usually plays the lead role, took a back seat as the guys cruised past Murghie's total without losing a wicket. Lachy fell just before stumps as we had a lead of 9 runs overnight. Batting on the 2nd day the guys put their foot down. Tone fell for a well made 75, before Lachy Viv, Blake Troy and Casey Meehan got the guys to a lead of 109. Chasing the outright victory, the boys went back out into the field to hunt down the 10 wickets required. Murghie took out a different approach in the 2nd dig and wickets were hard to come by. Mango and Bez were both bowling really well however dot balls and maidens weren't going to get us the outright win. Murghie made their way to 4/133 when stumps was called.
The 3s bounced back in a big big way with a massive victory. Batting first Harry Vivian looked right at home opening up, he put on a partnership of 49 runs with Fraser before Frase fell. He then teamed up with Cam as the pair made their way to break. The stand of 143 runs ended when Harry was dismissed for 85. Cam wasn't going to make the same mistake as he continued punishing the Murghie attack. With a drive through the covers Cam brought up his 1st ever Century and didn't stop there. As the score was approaching 300 Cam fell for 133. Some late order runs from Xav Norman and Daniel Davey seen the guys finish 6/349.
Murghie's run chase stumbled early as 3 of our young brigade all picked up a wicket to have the frogs 3/22. Deccy Clark, Will Milsome and Hugo Clatworthy had the Murghie bats on the back foot. Tom Bagg then joined the young brigade as he made his way thru the Frogs middle and lower order to see them all out for 119. Bagga picking up 4/46 to be the pick of the young guys.
The 4ths also got back onto the winners list in their 1st 2 day game of the year on the back of a standout performance from Jarrod Brown. Bowling first our guys restricted Murghie to 265 out on the Postage Stamp sized ground. All bowlers contributed in restricting Murghie to a Par Score.
With 6 overs still to go on Day 1 it was the president Jeff who made the tricky little period look easy. He finished 31 not out overnight as the guys had knocked off 40 from the total. Day 2 arrived and it was all about Jarrod Brown. He and Jeff put on 117 for the 1st wicket before Jeff fell. With 160 odd runs still required Jarrod knuckled down and batted with the young guys through the middle order. He brought up his Century and wasn't done there. At 4/195 and still requiring 70 runs Jarrod was joined by skipper Hillsy and the pair made light work of the run chase, stumps were pulled shortly after with Browny finishing 162 not out. A great effort!
The 5ths had a bad fortnight, struggling for numbers the guys took on Highton last week and were bowled out for 75. They faired a bit better this week compiling 177 thanks mainly to Danny Tielens 52*. The score wasn't enough to get them over the line though as the Newtown bats were too strong for our bowlers.
The Senior Girls team kicked off last week with the girls picking up a big win against Shelford. This week the girls went down by 4 runs in a nailbiter to Geelong West. Jordyn Stewart was at her best with the ball. Her 4 overs conceded just 1/2 as West finished 3/85. Our girls then fell just a few runs short. Sarah Kirby top scoring with 25 as the girls now sit 1 win and 1 loss to start the year.
5.87 points get banked into our Club Championship points as we now look ahead to Bell Post Hill who had a hard fought win in their 1st XI. Before Saturday we'll step out and play our 3rd T20 game on Tuesday. We're taking on Joeys up at Joeys with the game kicking off at 5pm. Dale Kerr is back from Bali and ready to go for us as our Marquee player and Shaun Kingwell will return to the side for the first time since round 1. The side is... A.Costello, S.Hall, M.Troy, B.McGregor, L.McCann, A.McCann, B.Szponar, D.Kerr, C.Ferguson, L.Hayes, S.Kingwell.
Finally, Alistair McCann has been getting a lot of coverage of late. The big Soup Guts represented us playing in the Under 21 Barwon Rockets over the past few weeks. After his match winning performance in the 1st game he was back at it again in the 2nd game as he stood out with another all round performance. Bowling first he picked up 2/39 from his 10. He then brought home the win with 29* from 18 balls to get the guys into the Under 21 Grand Final to be held next Sunday. We'll keep you updated with his efforts, Good luck Al!!