Round 1 - 6th October 2007
McIntyre Cup v Gisborne @ Bullengarook
McIntyre travelled to Bullengarook to play Gisborne in the first game of a big season for the boys. The day didn't start too well with rain falling on the way to the ground, added to that we lost the toss and had to field first. I couldnt fault any of the six bowlers used for the day, wickets fell at regular intervals until we bowled Gisborne out for 89. Opening the bowling Steve James started the season well bowling 6 overs, taking 1 for 15, including 2 dropped chances. Opening partner Josh Lawson in his first game for the club in 2 years bowled a superb spell of 8 overs 3 for 9. Steve Grey started the year in steady fashion bowling 5 very tight overs for no wickets. Dylan Wright and Peter Jaegar shared the 5th bowling spot bowling 4 overs each, Dylan bowled very tight for no wickets, Peter bowled equally as tight picking up 1 wicket. The pick of the bowlers was definately Steve Bryson, after going for 19 runs in his first 3 overs he hit back and finished up bowling 8 overs and taking 4 for 28.
In the run chase we were never really troubled, the only thing that could have saved Gisborne was the rain. Steve Grey and Clint Stuart started off very well getting the score to 60 before Steve was out trying to beat the rain for 35. Clint was next to go for a well compiled 19. Andrew Powell came and went for only 1, getting caught by a good low catch. Adam Billinghurst and Peter Jaeger saw the innings out leaving the pitch after 27 overs with a score of 3 for 92. An excellent start for the boys, with a big game this week against Riddell.
Sunbury United Bordelaise Bistro award for man of the match: Steve Bryson
B Grade v Gisborne @ Bulla Recreation Reserve
We had our 1st game of the season vs the Gisborne 2nd eleven at Bulla Recreation Reserve.
Ricky Hay lost the toss and Gisborne batted first on a small ground. We got off to a great start having Gisborne 5 for 88 at drinks. After a few good partnerships Gisborne finished on 9 for 200.
Ricky Hay was pick of the bowlers with 3 for 37 and an amazing run out. Lee Webber, Steve Sola and Rob Hyatt provided good support. In his 1st game in B Grade Cameron Laird was brilliant behind the stumps.
We felt confident chasing, with a strong batting lineup. Unfortunately we consistently lost wickets throughout the innings and couldn’t put together partnerships.
Adam Smith was brilliant hitting the ball to all parts of Bulla Reserve, and made 74 from 76 balls faced. Ricky Hay provided great support with 36. In the end we weren’t good enough and finished 10 for 176.
Sunbury United Bordelaise Bistro Man of the Match: Cameron Laird.
C Grade v Thoroughbreds @ Boardman Reserve No 2
Toss won by – Thoroughbreds
Round 1 saw C grade take on one of last years finalists first up in the Thoroughbreds, and things didn’t start well when debutant captain Matt Eddy lost the toss and were sent into the field. But as it turned out it was a blessing in disguise for United as Dave George (1-31-5) reaped the rewards of a solid pre-season, knocking two stumps out of the ground with his first delivery of the season. Reece Turvey, who was a late call up, was very shaky early, but once he found is line and length bowled very well to finish with 1-30-8. But the storey of the day was first gamer Paul McKay who came on to take 7-20-8. It was a brilliant spell of bowling which saw him get on a hat-trick as well as a spell that was filled with a little bit of luck as one of his wickets was a “hit wicket”. With Paul ripping through the Thoroughbreds batting line up, United bowled out the Thoroughbreds for 125. Notable mentions with the ball were Darren Watt who bowled well with no success, Dave Allen chipped in with a wicket at the end and the old work horse Kevin “Hoss” Cartwright who was very good behind the stumps.
With United in a good position early, Matt Eddy and Nishan Fernando opened the batting and put the result beyond doubt, putting together a 99 run partnership which was broken when Nish fell for a very solid 27 runs after the drinks break. That left Matt and young under 16 Paul Sahlberg to steer the ship home. Paul finishing on 11 n.o and Matt with a good first up knock of 65 n.o. for a score of 1/129 which gave United a 9 wicket victory.
Sportsco Player of the round: Paul McKay
Sunbury United Bordelaise Bistro award for man of the match: Nishan Fernando
Next week we take on last years grand finalist in St Anthony’s at Melton Recreation Reserve.
D Grade v Riddell @ Dixon Field, Gisborne
We travelled to Dixon reserve Gisborne to take on Riddell. Lost the toss and were put into bat and with some good individual performances by Jason Richardson (44), Roger Podolczak (42), Phil Allen (53) and Josh Smith (23) who was asked to go out and stay around with Phil batted really well and gave us a good total of 7/206 to defend.
After the break we went out to bowl in pretty ordinary conditions with fairly constant misty rain, and with the ball turning into a piece of soap after about ten overs had them all out for 110 after 30 overs. The bowling and fielding was very good considering the conditions with Sideshow Bob doing his usual with figures of 2/8 off his eight overs, Jake Doyle 3/24 and Jesse James for his first official senior game for the club had 2/24 and bowled really well. Then with a GREAT captains move seeing the dark clouds coming over the mountains threw the ball to Chris "Drinking Machine" Linton and he helped to finish it off with 3/23 off 2 overs.
Sunbury United Bordelaise Bistro award for man of the match: Phil Allen.
E Grade v Gisborne @ J.D.Clifford Oval, Macedon
United E Grade travelled to Macedon to play Gisborne. Captain John Stark won the toss and elected to bowl, and after an excellent first up fielding and bowling display, Gisborne were dismissed for 77. All players contributed, with all bowlers taking wickets. Abner Brown took 2 for 12, and Nathan Rudd took 2 for 21 in their first senior game at United. Other wicket takers were Terry Basford 2 for 16, Chris Wakeling 1 for 4, Ben Powell 1 for 6 and Matt Anderson 1 for 11.
Matt Anderson (32) and James Edwards (19) opened the batting and put together a great partnership passing Macedon's score before Matt retired hurt. Nathan Rudd came and showed he can hit the ball hard to all parts od the ground before skying a ball to fine leg, out for 17. Shannon Skew also batted well making 29, including 2 sixes.
After the allotted 40 overs, United were 3 for 143, for a very good 1st round win.
Sunbury United Bordelaise Bistro award for man of the match: James Edwards.