Wanneroo 8-256 def SDCC 156
On a stinking hot day at Showgrounds, Wanneroo won the toss and chose to bat. We started reasonably well, having them 2-29 at one point. Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there, as one of their bats got in stayed in for most of the innings. They ended making 256 from the 40 overs. This was partly thanks to some loose bowling from us as well as some great batting from their number 4.
We went into our batting innings with a plan to play positively from the start. We started well enough, but lost wickets at regular intervals which stopped us from being able to get close to the score. Mick (29), Hunter (24) and Pete (27) all played well and kept us in the hunt.
It was pretty comprehensive defeat and a disappointing follow up to our win from the previous round. We will look to bounce back against Joondalup-Kinross this week. Special mention to Reef Samuels who took his first A grade wicket on debut as well as 2 catches in the match.
Six ducks, three 40’s, homemade sausage rolls and the AFL comes to Seacrest.
SDCC 6/184 (Toutountzis 48, Mitchell 45, Gamble 0) v Emu’s 116 (McLellan 3/19)
Not since the first ashes test of 1994 (and a full month before Toutountzis was born) has the writer of this match report seen such an absolute demolition of the opposition opening bowlers like he witnessed at the non-strikers end this Saturday just passed. Belligerent, arrogant and clinical are not words normally associated with this Viking opening bat as he put the Emu’s bowling attack to the sword. Toutountzis 8 fours laid the foundation for an opening stand of 83 off just 13 overs in the blistering heat at Seacrest. A third opening stand of 40+ is seeing this partnership blossom and is helping get the 2’s off to a great start more often than not.
The demise of the el Presidente saw the scoring rate slide away as we only managed another 100 runs in the following 27 overs. 184 whilst a great effort in the 40 degree heat, was probably 50 short of where we should have finished up.
After a quick feed of Margaret’s home made sausage rolls and a movement in the wind socks from the east to the west, the Vikings took the field, confident they had the firepower to do the job and stay undefeated.
Some good heat early from Trace nearly saw a chop on in the first over before Toutountzis channelled his inner Julius Randle as he pulled down a screamer at gully. Some slight resistance from the bad guys No 3 and a Nathan Clayton dropped catch were the only other highlights early in what could only be described as an insipid batting display. Mango was consistent in his spell and snared two poles as he made their No 4 look like Chris Martin from NZ. McLellan joined the twin Cam show and to go with his 10* C Mac took a swift 3/19 as the Emu’s tail resembled a herd of scared ostriches as they stuck their heads in the sand as wickets fell everywhere. The moment we had all wanted was upon us, those missing their fix of AFL were treated to a couple of deliveries of pure class as Dunstan wound back the clock to take on Pendlebury in the battle of the midfielders. Honours even as Pendles finished 0*.
Finally captain Gamble wanted to get home to the kids and Mitchell was brought into the attack. After being told he’d be punched in the head if he got a wicket/s without going for runs, Mitchell bowled a wide before trapping the helpless Hiscock on the foot to finish the innings.
Some good cricket was played by us, more to do as we need to maintain the run rate in the middle overs and get Nath some lighter shoes to play in. Undefeated and ready to go south as we take on Karrinyup in our second top four clash of the year.
SDCC 7-206 (Harrison 72) def NBCC 9-123 (J Thompson 3-16)
To begin the 2nd One-day game of the season North Beach won the toss and batted. Opening up with J Herbert (1/9 off 7) and R Thompson (1/27) worked out well to start as we had them 2/21. Mohr (1/15) then proceeded to come on and bowl an absolute peach of a delivery taking out middle stump. At the other end Nego came on for his first spell with a beamer that almost took the head off the batsman but he was quick enough to dispatch it for 4. We had to wait 5 minutes as he argued the no-ball decision. A small partnership formed however, was quickly stopped. Watson (2/28) and J Thompson (3/16) bowled superbly taking us from 3/21 to 8/81. The two combined to send stumps flying all over the place. The tail began to wag with one bloke batting on one leg. We finished with a runout on the last ball from S Harrison and assisted by T Marlow with a lovely flick back onto the stumps. We needed 123 to win.
Our opening bats in Watson (23) and S Hopkins (14) batted sensibly taking us to 40 as Watson fell trying to accelerate the scoring. Rego came in for a solid 14 and got cleaned ripped by a ball that did very little, except for some pace. Dean came and went for 4 and quickly after Hopkins departed after seeing of their best bowler. This took us to 4/76 where the middle order took apart the North beach attack. S Harrison (72) launched multiple trademark cut shots and T Marlow (26), who kept for the first time this season, batted tirelessly (apparently still can’t walk). They took us past their score and our first win for the season. The floodgates opened as Blower (21*) and J Thompson (13*) took advantage. Blower had an impressive picket fence of 7 singles in a row. We finished on a great score of 7/206 and taking us into 3rd on the One-day ladder
SDCC 4-204 (Fallows 106, Foreman 43, Hadley 35) def Balga 147 (Emery 6-25)
Our first real stinker of a day this season, with the mercury climbing to 40 degrees. Though down Seacrest way it did feel a wee bit cooler once the breeze swung around to the north-west. A good toss to win and my lucky 50c came up trumps again, and opted to bat first. Hadley and Fallows, coming down from Es, got us off to a great start to lay a solid foundation and at the 1st drinks break (after 14 overs) 60 odd without loss. The runs continued to flow and Foreman and I batting #3 and #4 respectively, thought we may not get a bat, until a ball found its way underneath MS’ bat and was bowled for 35..1/92. Foreman (43) continued on his merry way in the form he found from last round to combine for an 84 run partnership with Fallows, who also was riding his luck being dropped at least 3 times, before attempting a 2nd run was run out. 2 down with 176 on the board and 5 overs to go. Josh eventually got to his maiden ton for the Vikings (106), which on that sort of day was a fantastic effort, out in the last over, nearly carrying bat. Ended on 4/206, a very defendable total and with a Balga side low on confidence after spilling several catches, and standing in the field for 40 overs in that heat, thought our chances were good.
Thanks to MS who stood in for the fielding session (told you it was a good toss to win), as I had a work event to attend, and what I heard was a sterling effort in the field to match the batting heroics. Balga was reduced to 5/44 early, with Lach Emery on fire and Blower chiming in for a wicket too, before a rescue mission of sorts guided them to 147 all out in the end, based around a 50 not out by one of the main culprits in the field, thought he’d try to make up for it and score some runs! There were also a cuppla spills when we fielded but no names, (you know who you are!!). Hard task for the last 6 batsmen to score more than 150 to get the bikkies! Chadd and Sean also picked up one wicket a piece but the standout was the ‘other’ Es recruit in L Emery who finished with the outstanding figures of 6/25 off his 8 overs. S.Undries made up the 2nd highest score for Balga, highlighted by 25 wides and 4 nb….back to training lads, can’t afford that many in a close game! Good to be undefeated early in the season and that was a pretty solid all round effort, with a couple of more tweaks in the squad this week and up against Morley for the 2nd time this season, hope to continue in this vein. Congrats again to Joshy and Lach on their respective batting and bowling performances, and I suppose that means we may not see you again for the rest of the season
SDCC 239 (Pratt 86, Marsh 42, Campbell 49) def Balga 200 (Kulevski 3-38)
Round 4 was the second of the one day games and was a much needed win for us to stay in the hurt for finals after the loss the week before. We had another away game this time in balga. Being a 40 degree day I won the toss and elected to bat. We start off real bad where after 8 overs we were 5 for 27. Marshy joined pratty in the middle and was given a life on 0 when given not out. This was followed by there captain requesting a new umpire, frist time I have ever seen that. Marshy and pratty then went on to put 130 runs on with marshy finishing on 42 and pratty 86. The tail wagged a bit still kahlil making 49 and giving us a nice total of 239.
Second innings started with a bang Pete Boston getting a wicket in the frist over. Wickets continued to fall throughout the innings with Pete, Isaac wells and pine taking 2. Kulevski also taking 3 and being on a hattrick a one stage. All the bowler bowled really well and was backed up by great efforts in the field. At the end of the 40 overs and the sun already set we had them 9 for 200. Really good effort by the boys considering where we were at one stage in the batting innings. Take the win and move onto the next game.
SDCC 165 (Kelland 35, Weir 35) def by OPCC 5-233
One dayer against Osborne Park at Robin, the home of cricket, in 38° temps. Perfect day for cricket. Won toss and had a bat first, wise choice you would think, until Chris Cutrona decided opening isnt for him and got out 3rd bowl. Tom Kelland didn't disappoint, playing his normal aggressive way. Hitting 1s and 2s, the odd 4 and 6 but obviously didn't enjoy the heat and skied one up on 35. Weir went out while wickets were falling around and scored a quick 35 as well. Then came big show Kiwi. A firey 29* to get us to a competitive 165.
165 was going very defendable we believed. Some tight bowling and good fielding would lead to wickets and make the job easier. That was until we had around 6 dropped in the deep and 3 of those was from the batsmen that scored 155 himself. We bowled well all day, good areas and never gave up, believing we only needed one wicket to really pull ourselves back in, just need the bowl to stick to hands. Osborne Park ended on 5/233 after there 40