Round 7 - 22nd & 29th November 2014
McIntyre Cup v Riddell
Went to Riddell 1 v 2 on the ladder looking for a tight match
Riddell won the toss and batted and ended up all out 184 a very good effort by our bowlers
Best of the bowlers James Hughes 3 for 24 Nathan Morse 2 for 31
We had a bat and ended up 1 for 29 over night. The next week started pretty good lost the second wicket at 46 and then their bowlers went right through us.
Fall of wickets was 3 for 48, 48, 55, 55, 67, 78, 92, all out for 113 which shows we have a lot of work to do
Man of the match: Josh Wallace
Complete Health Care Award: Steve Billinghurst
B Grade v Rupertswood
Man of the match: Tyson James
Complete Health Care Award: Peter Jaeger
D Grade v Romsey
We lost the toss again, 5 in a row now, and they put us in. We had an umpire for the 1st time this season and wish we didn't (was a friggin joke). We lost Jason early, Richo out for a duck lbw but wasn't out as the ball would of hit the 6th stump. Matt and Boyesy put on a partnershipwith Matt falling just before tea (3-88) then it fell apart. We were all out for 159, Matt 39, Boyes 35 were the only ones that got going. After Day 1 Romsey were 0-9.
Day 2 we had a good start grabbing 3 quick wickets, 3-11 but it's the same old story, catches win matches. We dropped very easy catches which cost us a lot. They put on a partnership and eventually won by 4 wickets. The fielding was very disappointing giving away easy runs. The bowling was good with Hyatt bowling well. Boyes was good as was Knotty but we were 70 runs short at the end.
Man of the match: Not awarded
Complete Health Care Award: Rob Hyatt
F Grade v Wallan
F Grade hosted Wallan and after losing the toss we were invited to bat first. We opened up with Tremor and Jason Roberts and got off to a flying start losing our 1st wicket at 121 with Tremor out for 85 from 95 balls. Aussie was next in at 3 but having the pads on for a long time didn’t help him as he was out for a duck. Hoss joined Jas and they combined to take the score to 202 with Hoss out for 32. Chris Linton was next in and got burnt for 4. Brenton Pendlebury who was very stiff not to be the best performed number 6 of the round was declared on without facing a ball. Jason Roberts was also declared on for a very well made 69 from 118 balls. We declared 4/226 from 45 overs which gave us 30 min to bowl at them on day 1. Overnight we had them 1/20 something with the game in the balance
On day two things started slow with our next wicket falling at 45. A partnership then developed for Wallan with the next wicket falling at 105 and we got a quick one after this to have them 4/114. A dropped catch shortly after this was a game turner as their next partnership was a game changer with 93 runs. They ended up passing us 9 down with the best of the bowlers being Danny Warr 2/27 from 16, Chris Linton 2/19 from 6 and Jordan Tentonello 1/35 from 9.
A disappointing result with a couple of negative trends starting to develop being average bowling being backed up with average fielding and if we want to be contending at the business end of the season we really need to improve in these areas or results like this will keep happening
Man of the match: Jason Roberts
Complete Health Care Award: Mark Viola
G Grade v Bacchus Marsh
On a horrible and windy day for cricket we made our way to Masons Lane in Bacchus Marsh to take on the 4th placed Bacchus Marsh outfit.
Keen to win the toss and bat we lost it and were soon in the field. Left arm quick Jordan Brown took the new rock with Geoff “10fa” Furnell. Jordan’s pace was causing problems and Geoff’s swing was again a handful.
Geoff struck first with a great inswinger and wickets began to fall, Jordan picked up their highest scorer and James Brown was introduced with success. With a short ball from James miss timed, Brad Wilson ran and threw himself behind square leg to pull off a remarkable catch. I grabbed a couple also and under tough conditions we bowled them out for 110. The fielding was great and Tim Attard again excelled behind the stumps with 4 catches and Daniel Furnell took a great diving catch at first slip. Geoff again the pick of the bowlers with 5/17 off 14overs!
We had to negotiate 14 overs that night. The experienced Mark Brown opened with the experienced Mark Richardson. Wickets fell to see us 4/31 at days end with Mark Brown not out 13.
The second week started with a minute silence for Phil Hughes and United were wearing double black tape arm bands in respect to loss the Billinghurst family had suffered during the week.
Before the minute silence my brother Mark said some poignant words about the Phil Hughes tragedy which both teams appreciated.
We lost a wicket in the first over to slump to 5/33 but what was to come was almost unthinkable. I am proud to say that Mark and myself put on 349 runs. Mark made a very well organised 121 not out with shots to all parts of the ground. He was a great example to the younger players in the team and big reason for the win. I made 205 not out.
Footnote from Editor:
Records set - Highest club individual score Shaun Brown 205*
Highest club partnership all grades 349*
Man of the match: Mark Brown
Complete Health Care Award: Geoff Furnell