Round 1 3rd October 2009
McIntyre Cup v Woodend @ Langama Park 1
Continuing the tradition from last year, Hughesy lost the toss and Woodend decided to have a hit. Although wickets were hard to come by, the run rate was extremely slow in spite of the quick outfield. It wasn't until late in the innings that the Woodsmen picked up the pace to make a respectable 175 for the loss of only 4 wickets. The bowling honours were shared by Hughesy and Hados who took 2 wickets each. Hados showed that he has a lot to offer and as he is still only 16 should have a big future with the club. In reply, Powelly (25) and Steve (64) were the pick of the bats, and the way we finished the innings off with Rhino (38 from 22 balls) and Boxall was impressive. Also like to make mention that it was one of the few times that we didn’t have the Middle order collapse. We passed the Woodsmen with a couple of overs to spare.
Man of the match: Steve Grey
B Grade v Wallan @ Greenhill Reserve 1
We travelled to lovely Wallan for our first match of the season. The ground was very quick as there was very little grass on it. We tossed the coin and lost, not a good start. Wallan batted and amassed 6 for 181 cc. We bowled well but failed to hold our catches, which hurt us in the end. 7 Catches were dropped in total, not really good enough. Bowling figures were P. Deeble bowled well without luck 6 overs 0 - 21, D. Drummond bowled a little full at times but got away with it finishing with 8 overs 1 - 28. Mabo Mr. reliable 8 overs 1 - 45, J. Fisher bowled really well at the death 6 overs 2 - 37. J Carlon didn't really get into stride finishing with 4 overs 0 - 22, Waxo struggled with his line also finishing with 8 overs 2 - 25. Waxo thought this was a getable target if we batted well and batted our overs, both we could not acheive. We struggled all innings to get any sort of partnerships and at drinks (20 overs) were 5 for 40. We ended our innings in the 36th over on 119, a reasonable fight back considering. Only 3 players made double figures Jason Dunn, in his first game in the 2's hung around in the middle order for 7. Dave Drummond in his comeback game made 19. Mabo and Waxo put on 48 at the end, Mabo unbeaten on 15 and Waxo made 41. Next week a big need to win game.
Man of the match:
C Grade v Ashfield @ Boardman 3
Ashfield won the toss and sent us in to bat. The game started really well with Ashfield dropping Redda on a duck, he never looked back after that making a bone crunching 45 out of an opening stand of 80 with Webb's. Newly returned player BJ came in at three only making 15 but another partnership of 50 put us in good stead for a big score. We completed our 40 overs on 6/186 with Webb's making 75 and the rest chipping in.
So it was time to field with the ground being fast and bumpy to field on. Our endeavour was brilliant. We only dropped one catch and with some excellent fielding got 3 run outs. New bowler Bitters bowled really well taking 3/23 of his 8 overs. Dave Allen, a late inclusion to the team, bowled extremely well taking 2/25 off 7.2 overs. All bowlers did what was asked of them, having Ashfield all out for 146 giving us a 40 run win and good start to the season.
Man of the match:
D Grade v Sunbury @ Langama Park 2
After losing the toss, Sunbury put us in to bat (great start to the year as reminded by Roger) we scored
7 /177 off our 40 overs with some good performances with the bat by Hoss 65, Dylan Quilty 36no showed very good composure and Roger P 20. Not a bad start to the season, something to bowl to. Unfortunately Sunbury were too good on the day scoring 5/184, our bowling was good at times but we did let ourselves down for about 4 overs where we gave away too many 4 balls, either too short or full tosses in the end it cost us the game. Best of the bowlers was Richo (large) 3/35. However, we did only drop 1 catch for the day (a hard caught and bowled) and our ground fielding wasn't too bad, something to work on.
Man of the match:
E Grade v Riddell @ Dixon Field
United E grade travelled to Dixon Field to play Riddell in Round 1 and won a closely fought match by 3 runs, compiling 4 for 143 off 40 overs with Riddell replying with 10 for 140 off 39.5 overs. United won the toss and batted as Tilt and Brad Wilson were still clearing customs after their Thailand holiday. Buck and Starky opened the innings and with the experience of over 600 games for the Club between them, not too many quick singles were taken. John in his first hit since last season was first to go at 36, with a very solid 21 consisting of 3 fours, first gamer Daniel Barre then joined Buck and they put on an entertaining 60 runs before Buck was out for a well struck 30 and United were 2 for 96 off 27 overs. The 3 young guns were next to bat with the first Jackson Young joining Daniel and they put on 23 before Daniel was out for a fantastic first up hit for the Club with 44 runs consisting of 1 six and 4 fours. Brad Wilson then joined Jackson and they put on another 8 runs before Jackson was out for a very solid 5, Trent Bellis then joined Brad and they took the score along to 143 at the end of our 40 overs with Brad finishing on 9 not out and Trent 6 not out.
United took the field confident that 143 was defendable on a very slow Dixon Field. Terry Basford (after a Griswold's like trip back from the Gold Coast - ask Terry to tell you about it) set the game up for United, opening the bowling and finishing 8 straight overs with the unbelievable figures of 8 overs 8 maidens 2 for 0. This is the first time that anyone in the history of the Club has bowled 8 overs in a one day game for no runs. Well done Terry another fantastic bowling effort. Steve Denko opened with Terry and showed he is more than capable of playing seniors with the great figures of 6 overs 0 for 20. United then used the 3 fourteen year olds Jackson, Trent and Brad from one end and the vastly experienced pair of Tilt and Harry from the other end. The tactic worked as all bowlers did the job with Trent 1 for 11 off 5 overs, Jackson 1 for 20 off 4 overs and Brad 2 for 27 off 4.5 overs bowling the last Riddell batsman off the second last ball of the day to secure a great win for United. Harry and Tilt did the job holding up the other end with Harry 0 for 17 off 4 overs and Tilt 2 for 30 off 8 overs, the only blemish was when Tilt dropped a soda of a caught and bowled ( ask Tilt to show you his broken hand). Steve Denko was the stand out in the field with 2 fantastic run outs, one a direct hit from the square leg boundary to run out the dangerous hard hitting Wadden and the other a perfect throw over the stumps to Peter Evans. Daniel showed he can not only bat but also field with a great exhibition of fielding all day. The game was played in fantastic spirit and United congratulates Riddell on the way the game was played the interaction between the players from both sides, Riddell captain Spud Johnston set the scene and if all games are played in this spirit it will be a pleasure to play E Grade this season.
Man of the match: Daniel Barre