Round 13 - 14th & 21st February 2015
McIntyre Cup v Romsey
McIntyre travelled to Romsey, won the toss and batted and ended up 9 for 227 about 30 runs short of what we would have liked. Carrying on his good form Ryan Billinghurst made 59 his brother in his first game back after a hamstring injury made 51 Josh Wallace up the order made 34 and opening for the first time at the club Bret McDorman made 26.
Romsey had a quick bat to be all out for 58 before tea. Best of the bowlers James Hughes 3 for 13 Leif Skovdam 3 for 19 Nathan Morse 2 for 24 and Josh Wallace 4 balls 2 for 0.
We put them in again and we finished up 2 wickets short of an outright with Leif taking 4 for 51 and James Hughes 2 for 45.
Man of the match: Leif Louwen-Skovdam
Complete Health Care Award: Adam Billinghurst, Ryan Billinghurst, Brett McDorman
B Grade v Diggers Rest Bulla Village
Man of the match: David Drummond
Complete Health Care Award: Jacques Garnaut
D Grade v Bacchus Marsh
Man of the match: Jackson Young
Complete Health Care Award: Cam Laird
F Grade v Ashfield
F Grade hosted Ashfield and after winning the toss we decided to bowl first. For a change we opened up with Bob and Powelly with the first wicket coming pretty early and the next 6 followed in quick succession. We had them 7 for not many and we were on track to bowl them out on day one for a low score. Unfortunately for us two of their younger players batted extremely well and with a lot of patience to bat the rest of the day out to get them to 9/98 from 69 overs. Of the bowlers used the wicket takers were Powelly 1/21 from 8, Hoss 3/10 from 8, Tim Attard 1 for 2 from 2 and the pick of the bowlers Scrat 4/21 from 16.
On day 2 the plan was if we had even a slight chance for the outright we were going to have a crack at it. We lost a few wickets with the score at 25, 26, 71, 82, 82 and 117 when we declared 6/117 with Hoss being the highlight with the bat making 56 and in the process making 400+ runs for the season.
In their 2nd innings we got off to a good start getting a couple of cheap wickets courtesy of Mabo, but two dropped chances cost us the chance to expose their younger players where they finished up 4/33 from 31 overs, with Mabo taking all 4 wickets
Man of the match: Ethan Fisher
Complete Health Care Award: Rob Hyatt
G Grade v Bacchus Marsh
At home at Bulla, G Grade took on Bacchus Marsh looking to continue our push for top spot.
Losing the toss, Geoff Furnell was soon with ball in hand working big inswingers to the opening batsmen. Jordan Brown was carrying a bruised body from a bike accident during the week but struck first with a climbing delivery. The ball took the edge and Mark Brown took a diving catch in the slips. From this point the Marsh players put a price on their wickets and played steadily for 197. Danny “The destroyer” Warr bowled manfully and took 3 for 64 from 17 overs.
Isaac Brown bowled very well going for only 7 off his 4 overs and all other bowlers chipped in. Harry Young was a big inclusion in the team and did a very good job behind the stumps with the gloves.
The second week was a very good run chase. Jesse Wilkie looked good for his 10 at the top of the order and Harry Young was able to bat with Austin “The run machine” Young gaining valuable time at the crease should he be called on in finals.
With Harry out Mark Brown joined Austin putting out any hope for a surprise upset with a 130 run partnership. The partnership flourished with Austin at times out scoring the senior batsman with fantastic shots off the pads and strong driving and pulling for a great 69. Austin is maturing into a very good senior player and will be looking to move up the grades next year.
Mark Brown is carrying a foot injury but steered the ship home with 57 not out. James Brown came in and played a beautiful cover drive for four and that was the day over.
All in all a good team performance.
Man of the match: Austin Young
Complete Health Care Award: Danny Warr