SDCC 134 (Rose 29, Wells 29*) v Karrinyup 150 (Higgins 5-37)
The Vikings won the toss and elected to bat in the first ever A grade meeting between the two clubs. We got off to a scratchy start and wasn’t long before Roy was trapped in front and Pete (16) uncharacteristically bowled.
Unfortunately most of the top 7 failed to fire, however Flynn Rose played a counterattacking 29 before being caught and bowled. At 6-62 things were a bit tense before the engine room of Gav, Wellsy (29) and hoppy chipped in the steer the ship to a defendable 134. The highlight of the innings was definitely Wellsy’s six over long on!
Karrinyup finished 0-24 after day 1 with Wellsy unlucky to not have a breakthrough after a juggling tandem effort in the cordon was put down. Day 2 started with half chances not going to hand and a couple of close LBWs not going the Vikings way. An inspired effort with the ball from Gav Higgins (5-37) saw Karrinyup lose 6-49 and the Vikings needed 2-2 to seal victory. Unfortunately we couldn’t get over the line and Karrinyup limped to 150 with Trace Goulding taking his first club A grade wicket. I was really proud of the lads for never giving up and with some hard work during the week, hopefully we can get the choccies against newly merged side Ballajura-Landsdale
SDCC 308 (Mitchell 85, Gamble 84*, Clayton 44, Catalfamo 31) def MCC 97 (Cruttenden 5-40) & 4-126
Last years batting plan was back in play on week one of our match against Marmion. Wickets in hand was the call, and at first drinks we had all ten up our sleeves. Partnerships of 70, 68, 5, 50 and 38 set the foundation for a big first innings total and wrenched control away from round 1’s top team. Our last six bats combined well to defeat Sundries by 6 runs in what was clearly a pitch that was easier to bat against the new ball. 308 on the board with 3-4 overs still to bowl on day one. Highlight of day one had to be Cruttenden’s fan club, who travelled 722km’s to see the young man bat on debut. Plenty of chat on the sidelines by the Esperance crew about the debutant’s credentials with the bat, we couldn’t wait to see if the skippers judgement was wrong by batting him behind Mango. Nope, unbelievably, after 10 dropped catches all day, Darcy managed to find someone who could catch. A Kuiper on debut was now in the offing. Bad guys 1/30 off 3 at stumps. Cruttenden 1/23 off 2, Kuiper on debut dream, over.
We rocked up on day and the wicket had changed, from a featherbed of a wicket last week, it was now full of movement and disrespect. Two quick wickets had the bad guys reeling at 3-33. Some bold stroke play saw mango swept for four before the smorgasbord was open for business again. Darcy pulled his head in and his final 9 overs went for 17 before Cam2 channelled Ryan Harris v Alistair Cook at the WACA and snared the dangerous skipper in his 6 over spell that went for 7 runs. Thommo almost needed a paramedic as he started his preseason with a 5 over spell. Nath called for a helmet and Prawn called for a couple of Zimmer frames with hoovers attached. 5 overs of spin/slow snared 3/10.
Top team all out for 97. Early tea before we elected to bowl again. Munstan, clearly with his mind on that nights conquest and not on spinning the ball rolled down 10 overs, 2/49. The Supreme Chancellor was called into the attack with calls to repeat the mystical 6/16 in a prior ODGF. Hopes were high early, 0.1 1/0. Hopes faded early too, 2.0 overs, 1/20. Saunders, clearly over the moon about fielding all day after sniffing a hit earlier, learned that as a bowler, he really needs to bring his A game after being hit almost onto Warwick road.
Some great partnerships early on week one, some work to do on the fielding if we are to push the competition this season. Looking forward to Warwick Greenwood’s third XI this week as we sit as the only team 2 from 2.
SDCC 61 & 212 (O’Mara 71, French 37, Mohr 33) def by Kinsgway 4d-118 & 5-39
Day one of the first two-day game started off with us losing the toss and being sent in to bat. The two openers Fallows and Watson started solidly getting us to 18 when Fallows fell 7. It went from bad to worse as wickets continued to fall thanks to a bowler from Kingsway, who was bowling rapid and catching us by surprise. We ended up with just 61 and bowled out before tea. D Smith on game 150 provided some resistance with a solid 18.
The day continued to get worse with some tight bowling but wickets would not fall. The opposition then declared on 4/118 and sending us back in. Reid (on debut) and Watson were the standout performers with the ball 1/21 and 2/16 respectively. Watson and Fallows again opened up. Watson lasted 5 balls and getting out LBW. With the team in some trouble M Mohr stepped in as a night watchman. Fallows (1*) and Mohr (0*) managed to hang in there. With a horror day 1 the team was motivated to write the wrongs the following week.
With the quick Kingsway bowler only available week 1, day two didn’t start off well with Fallows again falling LBW. Garcia came to the crease and with Mohr as they put us back in front with a 51 partnership. Plenty of glorious shots were seen with Garcia’s trademark cover drive a highlight. Mohr was playing like a man possessed with batting talent, scoring at will. Right after the first drinks Mohr ended up hitting one, with power, straight to midwicket and finished on a personal best, 33. H French came to the crease and accelerated the scoring with Garcia. French smoked 6 fours and a “massive” six that landed just past the cones. In French’s flurry Garcia departed for 27, however this did not slow French. He later fell for 37 and straight after D Smith came and went for zero. O’mara and Elson stopped the flow of wickets and posted 71 together until Elson fell for 19. O’mara (71) started to blaze away as the tail fell leaving us with 212 on the board in hot, windy conditions.
We ended up having 7 overs at them to finish off the day, which we did taking 5 wickets for 39 runs. L Emery (2/6) found some form clean bowling two batsmen. Watson again took two wickets (2/12) capping of a positive day for the team.
8d-231 (Rego 90) & 4-48 def Ballajura Landsdale 8-155 (LR George 4-36 & Blower 3-11)
Won the toss and batted, deju vu from round 1. Paddick missed a straight one early (2nd one in a row) and filling in as umpire had to give him unfortunately, out for a globe. Willsy was next to go (bowled with swinging Yorker) and then Hadders (26) and SHoppy worked the score towards drinks when a feather behind had MS on his way. 3 down at drinks had us set up well with batters to come. The ol’ Sorrento Shuffle continued to plague us with Jnr Hoppy (15) run out, Sammy Harrison (12) caught behind and the skipper (10) all going out within half hr of the re-start, and 6/98 in a spot of bother. Rego and Dan Blower dug in to put on a rescue mission and carried us through to well after tea and over the 200 mark and their 100 odd partnership came to an end when the Blowfish (30) headed back to the pavilion, after another yorker raised his stumps. Thinking we might be able to send them in if we got enough runs and time on the clock, Rego looking to score quickly to reach his ton, fell agonisingly short with a well compiled 90. Sharpey was at the other end looking to do the same but I declared with half hr to go at 8/231. Apologies to Branford who was padded up for 2.5 hours and didn’t get a chance in the middle. Condog and Blower opened up with 2 overs each and success came instantly when Blowfish uprooted the opener’s stumps only to see the umpire signal a no-ball. He got his revenge next over against the same batsman, getting him LBW. 1/6 at stumps and a good day out.
Week 2 we only had 10 fieldsman and hoping it wasn’t going to be too hot out in Landsdale to chase leather all day. Also found out that they only had 9 batsmen so only 7 more wickets to be had. I threw the ball to Blower, feeling pretty average from a big Friday night, and didn’t disappoint with 2 wkts in successive balls to be on a hat-trick. This bought in their best batsman in Shadgett (63) and he negotiated the next ball and the next session and a half with their captain (25) as a stodgy partner and from 3/6 took the score to 97 when both batters fell in a short space of time and with them their resistance. More wickets fell after that to have them all out for 155 and the W next to our name. Another Kuiper opportunity went begging in consecutive games, when Padds got a caught and bowled in his sole over, and the last wicket. Blower ended with a 3 fa and the skip 4 fa. Hoppy bowled really well without success though had a chance dropped by Ranford in close (he was having a stinker). Sharpey and Connor also put together good stints at the crease too and were unlucky to be wicketless in the end. Kahlil bowled 2 overs of pies and took himself off after that!!
Kahlil was the only one who wanted to bat and wanted to take some pleasure out of the game after that short bowling stint and went from ball one (got dropped on that one and again soon after) to register 20 out of the 4/48 we ended on in the 2nd innings. Sammy took the ‘Goose’ out with him but didn’t last long edging to the keeper. Ben another duck and Sharpe (eventually lbw after repeated appeals!!). It was 5 pm by that stage and we could taste the cold beer waiting for us so called early. 2 from 2 but look to consolidate against better teams coming up in subsequent rounds.
SDCC 341 (Olow 113, Jones 31, M Allen 39*, Edmonds 35) def Kingsway sportsman (Jones 4-37)
Round 2 first 2 day game of the season so numbers were hard to come by. From the round one side the h grade side had 8 changes. With some late minute phone call we managed to secure 3 past Viking in JC pratty and marshy to come down and help us out. Olow was stand in skipper for week one and just the same as me lost the toss and was in to ball frist. With very little bowling options the boys worked hard but chased leather all day. Lucky the weather wasn't to bad. Macca and goss bowled themselves into the ground bowling 15 overs each. Goss picking up a well deserved 4 wickets and Macca 2. Kiwi and Mark were also among the wickets. Kingsway were finally bowled out for 223 with 20 left of play and the day was call.
Day 2 of the game and we were out there to chase down the 223 total but it's didn't start to well with ibav falling early to a good catch at short leg, pine got off to a flyer but fell on 19 with the around 2 for 30. Wickets slowly fell throughout the innings but the run rate was extremely high. Gilbert made 19 JC 22 pratty 28 goss 31 kiwi 35 and Mark 38 not out. Shout out to marshy who was looking good at the crease until he got a gem of a ball to dismiss him. The highlight and anchor of the the innings was olows 113 with 22 4s and 1 6. Great effort mate well deserved ton. We ended on a total of 341 and took home the bar card, great win great effort by all the boys onto round 3.
Yanchep 52 (Borrello 5-17) & 7d – 105 (Patel 3-21, Corlett 3-16) def SDCC 83 (Kelland 41) & 1-81 (Kanakis 42)
Whether you call it Yanchep or South Geraldton, we played a round of country cricket. The only thing we knew of for this match up was the ticks we had to battle, which was an immediate issue. D. Borrello and A. Patel set the scene early with great areas and early wickets but were over shadowed by a blinder of a catch from Petey Spiller at square leg. After 32 overs, we had them all out for 52, D. Borrello finishing with figures of 5/17 off 16 overs straight.
In we came to bat with half a day left for day one. Tom Kelland doing what he does best and swinging from ball 1, sharing an opening partnership with James Kanakis of 39. Then the viking shuffle began, and never stopped. Tom finished with 42, Chris Cutrona with 20, and team all out for 83 in 24 overs. Game won by 32 runs.... for now.
Week two commences, our game plan was bowl them early, tight areas and try get home early. Was not the case, they batted around all day, not scoring but not losing wickets. Then all of sudden, with an hour left, they declared on 105. Game was back on.
Need 74 to win, one hour left, in comes James Kanakis and Nath Russell. Both running non-stop for the full hour, got us needing only 1 more run until Nath departed on 28. Got the final runs in the final 3 balls. Finished off winning by 9 wickets in the second innings. Jimmy ending with 42 not out