Creak Shield: Sutherland 8/115 def. by South Eastern 5/116
Round 3 saw South Eastern back at home against the undefeated Sutherland. The toss went in Sutherlands favour and we found ourselves in the field first up.
Tim Molnar (0/15 off 6) and Aston Weir (1/21 off 6) were tight to start, building plenty of pressure and were perhaps unlucky to go wicketless in their first spells. Much like last week, the early wickets didn't come, and with a number of edges and catches almost going to hand, it would have been easy for the intensity to drop off in the field. It didn't, and as they've done all season, Arlo Brazier (1/16 off 4) and Noah Gaussen (1/14 off 4) picked up crucial wickets.
After drinks, we produced close to our best session of the season. Will Livissianis (3/26 off 8) continued on from last week, making the batsman look clueless at times with flight and dip into the wind. Both he and wicket keeper Angus Royal are building a lethal partnership, with Angus' lightning fast reflexes on display again with a stumping and 2 sharp catches. Alex Greenhill (1/12 off 7) did what he does best, bowl consistently full at the off stump, bowling a heap of dots and no doubt creating chances at the other end. Ben van Dam (0/5 off 4) also bowled his best spell of the season, finding a consistent rhythm and attacking the stumps.
At 5/53, we should have finished things off quickly. Our final session was quite sloppy. We bowled well, giving them next to no boundary scoring opportunities. Our ground fielding and intent in the ring was nowhere near the standard we expect from this team. When quick singles are taken, we need to attack the ball and be smart about which end we're throwing to. This is something that we'll work on at training, opportunities in a game of cricket come few and far between and we need to capitalise on them.
Having said that, restricting them to 8/115 on a lightning quick Pioneer is a good effort and reflects a solid bowling/fielding performance. The amazing season from our wicket keepers Angus and Ben continued with just the 1 bye in 40 overs yesterday, taking the season tally to 6 byes in 110 overs. Well done to Oscar Wright for a well executed run out and a fantastic catch, and to Peter Skalvos for an important catch diving forward.
Alex Greenhill and Jaxon Heapes (36 off 57) opened up and showed good intent from the first over. We'd raced to 0/15 before Alex copped a ball that reared up and hit the handle, popping up a catch to square leg. Oscar came in, and after a nice back foot punch to get off the mark, got caught on the crease, nicking one to the keeper. Aston punished his first ball, before getting a ball that skidded low and knocked his stumps over. 3/32 and we were in a precarious position.
The partnership between Jaxon and Peter (33* off 44) was impressive. Jaxon had a breakout innings, he was busy from ball one, and showed a cool head with wickets falling around him. The highlight of his innings; hitting 3 classic cover drives to the boundary, not bad bowling by any means, just beautiful stroke play. Peter also batted with a sense of calm and maturity, patiently waiting for loose balls to punish and happily defending or leaving balls that weren't there to hit. The running between wickets was fantastic here, with a number of quick singles creating plenty of mistakes in the field. Tim (18 off 11) came in and was in a hurry, a quick fire cameo that really helped our run rate. Peter was then joined by Ed Neal (3* off 16), who together patiently picked off the remaining runs.
A convincing win; the boys are building some nice momentum leading into the final 2 games of the regular season. We look forward now to an away game against Bankstown, with the focus very much on continuing our week to week improvement and putting in a better display next week.
Huge thanks to our parent group, led by Steph van Dam and Anthony Greenhill, for their outstanding hospitality and assistance on game day. Also, thanks to Adrian van Dam and Chris Wright for scoring.
Weblin Shield: Greater Illawarra 1/134 def SEJCA 132
After losing the toss, SEJCA was sent into bat on what was a slightly green deck, but the bounce was true. Our openers struggled to score as the bowling was very consistent, hitting good lines and length. We lost two early wickets and were 2 for 20, unable to build any solid partnerships, as wickets kept falling at regular intervals. We did see a rear guard action from Josh Durkin and Jasper Hogarth-Scott, which saw us reach 132 in the 50th over, after being 8 for 97. Par score was closer to 165.
On what was a slow outfield, we thought 132 was defendable. The boys bowled well, but with several dropped catches they did not take their opportunities. The Greater Illawarra openers batted very well, working balls into gaps and running plenty of singles, going at 3 an over. We did slow the run rate after the first drinks break and also grabbed a wicket, but Greater Illawarra regrouped and cruised to victory with 10 overs to spare.
Thanks to Simon Masnick and Scott Hayman for scoring and to all the parents who organised a great lunch.
Watson Shield: Sutherland 6/172 def SEJCA 171
After a resounding R2 win we headed to Sutherland to play a strong club. Looking like a team thanks to our gear arriving, we won the toss and batted on a flat deck.
Fred went fishing and snicked out to leave Rory to take our innings forward. Sam and Rory put on 39 before a smart fielding change was too much of a challenge for Sam holing out at long back square. Yianni in and at the drinks break we are 2-56. Yianni keen to press on holes out first ball after drinks. Rory continues with partnerships being key to the tale contribution. We need 180 plus.
Arch in at 5 to get things going but Santa comes early with a run out. Santa also delivering Sam and Yianni!
Tale wagged us to 171 off 46. Not enough for this deck but runs on the board. Rory the highlight of the innings with an excellent 69.
Overs reduced to 47 due to Sutho going over time but we need to get them out in less.
Ben opened well taking the first wicket and then their top bats got going without too much aggression but very effectively with good shot selection and took singles which set their side towards the total. Our bowlers toiled, then a run out and a couple more outs. At the final break the job looked beyond us with only 31 required with 6 wickets in hand. All yours Tom and Sam - have a crack and see what happens were my instructions!
Ben had a spell and got us back in the game, bowling their lead bat. Another quick one and we had two new bats. Pressure building, the opposition were up for it despite the boys staying in the game to the end.
Fielding was good with some excellent catching.
Special thanks to the boys for cleaning the dressing room - it was cleaner than we arrived. Great way to finish with some respect to those that use it afterward. Well done boys.