Round 4 – First XI Match Report

Playing away against North Dandenong we lost the toss and were sent in on day one. Their decision proved to be a smart one as we found ourselves reeling at 3/6 early in the innings. From here youngster Jessie Smyth (13) helped steady the ship with Lance Baptist, before Luke Wenke came in and put on a solid 40 run partnership with Lance until the latter fell for a well compiled 42. The tail were courageous in their attempts to stick around with Luke, but in the end he was the last wicket to fall on 36 and we had been rolled for 115.

Having witnessed firsthand that there was a bit in the pitch, we knew that with a couple of early wickets we’d be right in the game. Given the responsibility of the new ball, Joel Robertson immediately justified the decision and removed one of their openers LBW for a duck. From here we saw a fantastic spell from Joey Hawke (which deserved more than one wicket), and some clever late bowling changes saw Turf 1 debutant Michael ‘Fish’ Blackburn jag a wicket with his first ball, and Jessie Smyth also pick up a late one. We were in the game at the close of play with North Dandy sitting at 4/80-odd.

The boys came out firing early on day 2, and some brilliant early bowling from Dillon Gemmell-Smith and Joey saw North Dandy reeling at 7/93 and us on the brink of a potentially sensational victory. Unfortunately this wasn’t to be as the 8th wicket partnership played some creative shots to get them over the line before declaring at 7/158. From here we managed to bat the day out and finish on 6/120 before stumps were drawn. Luke Wenke compiling a very steady and impressive 50 not out.

We take a lot of heart from this performance, and with our imports arriving for this week we know that through continued hard work at training and persistence in games that a win is not that far away.

“Life is a roller coaster you’ve just got to ride it.” (Ronan Keating)

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