A Grade played host to Little River for the first match between the two clubs. Winning the toss we sent them in and it was a good decision with our bowlers getting on top. Despite a delayed start due to rain, and constant rain breaks throughout the day, we managed to bowl them out for a mere 95. Little river was lucky to get that many with us having them 9-63 before the 10th wicket wagged. Brett Venables were the pick of the bowlers claiming 4-25, while Dale 2-25 and Dylan 2-19 were the other multiple wicket takers. Unfortunately mother nature was the best performer of the day and we were unable to get on to chase the runs, meaning the game ended a draw.
B Grade travelled out to Little River and losing the toss we were sent into the field. Opening with Cian Foster and Jordan Haines and both openers took early wickets to get the ball rolling as Cian bowled the opener and Jordy finding the edge through to Smithy. We didn’t stop there as the bowlers kept the pressure up and all of a sudden the home side was on the back foot with the score at 5-45. They then steadied the ship and started to build a partnership but just as they looked like they were settling in at the crease, Cian broke through and got the wicket. The same thing happened with the seventh wicket and it took a bit of getting as well as they put on a very handy 63 runs but then Victor Morrow came on and bowled the bloke. At the end of their 40 overs we restricted the home side to 7-170.
We then went into bat and opened up with Jaca and Brent Smith and both batted brilliantly. They kept the runs flowing and really applied the pressure to the home sides bowling. Smithy was the first to fall when he was caught out for 37. Jaron Lengyel came to the crease and stuck around wioth Jaca as he continued on his run fest. This pair saw the pass Little Rivers total and after 35 overs Jacimovic ended up agonisingly close to a ton finishing with 99no while Jaron finished 18no with the score 1-179.
C Grade was playing against Armstrong Creek and winning the toss, Mark elected to bowl first. After a couple quick wickets from Mac, we were looking good early but that’s where it stopped as one bloke took to the bowlers. After constant rain interruptions we struggled to get a breakthrough until Alex Umbers got the bloke out. However it wasn’t our day with most of the bowlers getting hit all over the field as they finished their 40 overs 3-244. Then it was our turn to bat and it wasn’t a good start as Mark Stoneham 19, Alan Hardman 32, both got starts but couldn’t go on while Grant Sheather fell lbw for 4 and Alex Umbers bowled for 1. Mark Eskrigge 46no and Mac 25 no saw out the innings but we were way off the park and finished up 4-145. Hopefully we can bounce back next week against Drysdale.