SDCC 199 (Rose 47, Burgoyne 32) & 1-81 (Hunter 41*) def Joondalup 155 (Higgins 4-55, Hopkins 3-31, Wells 3-33)
We won the toss and elected to bat. Roy departed early with Pete getting a start and making way for the top and middle order to get going, with Flynn really coming of age with a nice 47. Hoppy got a shot up the order and made a quick 25, burgs with a very good looking 32 and Kelland with 25 ending all out for 199, our best score this season. We had 6 overs at the end of the day to bowl to the Joondalup batsmen with Hoppy taking 2 wickets to put us in good sted for week 2.
Week 2 came around and all the boys were up and about. We started the first session off well getting them down to 4/49 thanks to Hoppy and M Wells. Their middle order got away from us a bit getting them to a competitive 6/141. However, a large effort from all the bowlers got them all out for 155 with Gav taking 4 and Hoppy and M Wells both taking 3 to win the match. With 11 overs to bat, Kelland departed early making way for Hunter with a blistering 41* and Flynn with a tidy 27*. Overall, a really good team win from the boys with everybody doing their part to get us over the line.
SDCC 236 (Dunstan 69, Prez 41, Garcia 30) & 4/21 v Karrinyup 193 (Goulding 3/36)
The Viking boys travelled south to take on the competition’s new boys. After defeating the ‘Yups’ at Viking park in round one we were confident of repeating the result on foreign soil. Batting first, the Viking openers went about blunting the international bowling attack with El Presidente continuing his run of good form with a polished 41 as the openers passed 60 for the third time this season (the opening pair currently have 4 of the top 14 opening stands in the grade this year). If only his opening partner could get in form.
Big hitting Luke Saunders on a study break added a breezy 62 with AFL playboy Mick Dunstan to see the Vikes at 3 /129 and well on top. 3 boundaries and a total of 16 runs from Gamble and Clayton saw the good guys amble to 5/164 before Usain Clayton thought he could run a two (you should know better Wayno) and at 195 with over an hour to go 260-270 was in reach. The much-hyped James Garcia (all ideas for a new nickname here are welcome) held the tail together with a polished Michael Bevanesque 30 to get us to 236.
Skipper less at the start of week two, I feel the VC missed a real trick in not opening up with spin, but when Trace had the Yups at 2/4 early on, maybe he made the right call. The skipper arrived and that’s when the game turned again. 2/4 eventually became 3/129 as we adjusted to two different styles of batting from the Yups. Whilst Wyss and Tough toiled well into the breeze going for a combined 27 off of there 14 overs, it was clearly a day to be buying wickets. And with his stomach churning (partly hungover, partly at the choice he had to make next), captain Gamble chasing the win turned ever so reluctantly to his slow bowling brigade. 29.2 overs 3 maidens and 93 runs later, the game was over.
A second innings slapathon only further cemented cam McLellan’s hold on the duck of the year award, comfortably sitting atop of the leader board now with duck number 4 for the season.
A solid well fought out game for the Vikings in a match they never dominated but were steady throughout.
Next game keeps us away from Viking park again as we travel north to the village of Kingsley for our first taste of 3rd XI cricket this season. Our opponents are undefeated at this venue so we will need to bring our best game to ensure we can celebrate turning 21 in style. R & P.
SDCC 89 & 5d-175 (Hopkins 40, Herbert 46, O’Mara 46) def outright Ballajura 69 (Parker 5-32, Mohr 4-13) & 61 (Watson 4-18)
Starting off the hot summer day batting first was pleasing when we found ourselves at 1/56 with Hopkins (15), Fallows (20) and Watson (18). A classic Viking collapse began as we were all out for 89 off 41.5 overs. With the ball we started off beautifully with Parker picking up a wicket with the batsman not troubling the scorers. A small partnership began for Ballajura Landsdale of 37 putting them in the front seat. This only fired up Parker some more as he went to disrupt the middle order, swinging the ball both ways and attacking the stumps. The umpire was liking the lines bowled by Parker with 3 of his 5 wickets coming from LBW. Parker decided to let one of his victims know that the ball was missing leg by a mile, which riled up the batsman. Mohr chimed in for two wickets as Parker took wickets for fun. Ballajura went 2/43, 3/47, 4/47, 5/50, 6/50 to 7/56. Unfortunately Parker was only available the 1st week.
Back for day 2, we started where we left off from taking an early pole in the first over of the day through Mohr (4/13). Two overs later another was taken and quickly after Watson (1/5) picked up the last. We were eventual winners by 20 runs. In the 2nd innings we started off poorly as Fallows departed for 0 (we can finally stop hearing about his 100). Elson followed quickly for 1 and with a re-arrangement to the order Herbert came to the crease. Hopkins and Herbert starting building the runs. Herbert who looked scratchy early started blasting it on his way to 46 before he was bowled by the spinner trying to bring up the 50 in style. Dean continued the scoring also being dismissed for 46. It appeared that Ballajura Landsdale only had 9 players and thus creating a really good opportunity at an outright victory. With this in mind Sammy came out after Dean with the mighty mongoose in hand. Launching 3 fours and a big six on his way to 26.
A declaration was decided on with a lead of 195. L Emery (2/12) and R Reid (1/12) opened up with great success taking early wickets. Herbert came on soon after taking 1 wicket for 12. Watson stepped in and bowled superbly taking (4/18). A big outright win after being rolled for 89 was a great comeback result for the team.
Morely CC 194 def by SDCC 5-264 (Emery 128, French 51, George 61)
Buoyed by the President's comments before the round, saying that "winning the toss and bowling in this heat would send you straight to the tribunal", I challenged the lads and did just that...even with 10 players! We had a more rounded bowling attack so there was method behind the madness. We chipped away with 3 wickets and bowling well before the main drinks break, with Sean, Blowfish and Cam Emery taking 1 each. A couple of sharp chances in the slips taken by the skipper helped the cause. That's where the wickets dried up and as the bowlers were tiring, the runs flowed. No umpire has its challenges and with couple of genuine appeals turned down, together with a few spilt chances the day wasn't progressing well. Got to tea with Morley still only 3 down but only just over 100 on the board and if we could break the partnership, could have a chance to restrict them. Soon after resumption, Skip was on a hat-trick, removing their capt in the process, and the hope to roll through them. The tail wagged and bowlers came on for second spells until their innings ended on 194, with wickets shared among the bowlers. In the heat credit to all bowlers who gutsed it out all day. Blower the pick of the bowlers with his 2/17. Had 10 mins to bat and Chadd not here week 2, sent him to open with Willsy. A long day in the field could have been the reason for him to miss the first ball on the stumps in the 1st over and hear them clatter behind him, and when Kulevski came and went in exactly the same way, Morley was cock-a-hoop... Cam Emery survived the hat-trick ball and the rest of play and at stumps 2/10, and a long bat to come next week with a better weather forecast.
What a contrast in terms of weather and progress through the day’s play, compared to last week. Willsy and Cam settled in and after Cam had an early chance dropped (that would be one of many for the day for Morley), the partnership grew until the former snicked off and we were 3/30 odd. Frenchy started slowly and was timing the ball well but couldn’t find the gaps and it was only a matter of time until that changed and runs started to flow for both batsmen. Got to drinks without another wicket and at 3/77, a base to continue towards 195. After drinks Cam and Frenchy (51) both brought up their 50, whereby the latter got caught at slip soon after but a healthy partnership got us to 120 odd. I joined Cam and the score kept ticking over and by tea, with several chances slipped through Morley’s grasp, we had raced to 4/177 and in sight of an early finish. After the break Cam started cautiously on 87, and didn’t Morley remind him all the way to his ton, while at the other end I got my eye in quickly and made short work of the 18 runs needed only after 3-4 overs and the win was ours. Cam brought up a well-deserved maiden century soon after for a double celebration, and after I departed for 61 (and a couple of lives as well) and 240 on the board, there was only a handful of overs until last drinks and Cam (128no) opened up with Blower as a sidekick and he ended the day not out after batting all day. He did ride his luck but it was an innings full of concentration as well as putting the bad ball away. It was called early at 5pm as both teams wanted beers, and although didn’t quite get a bar card, my shout the next time any more than 1 G grader is at Seacrest after a game!! A really good win in the end considering what the first week dished up to us. See it was a good toss to win….and FIELD!!
Marmion 203 (Wells 5-50) def by SDCC 216 (Clarke 41, Pratt 31)
Round 5 back at home against marmion a team we had lost to 3 times previous by less than ten runs so it was a must win game. With a few late changes and a few that couldn't make week one I reluctantly won the toss and batted. With only ten fielders rod can down form 1s to help field and marshy after his operation can in to field as an extra body. Innings started well With a wicket frist ball short ball edged to gully pratty catch wells bowled. They then got a partnership together with therr number 3 putting on 126 before we got him. They were 3 for 160 but with some good bowling from wells and knell we rolled through then. Wells took 5 for 50 off 15 well bowled and Alan took 2 for 22, Mark and eamon also took a wicket. We had an hour to bat so myself and pine dug in and ended the day one 0/42. Good frist day.
Day to came around and we were looking to bat all day and get the win. Me and pine started off well taking the score to 90 before pine fell for 41. Eamon and olow came in and made 20s and at the last drinks break we were 5 for 181. Wickets started to fall but pratty dug in and made a nice 31 not out. We just got over the line with the win. We ended all out for 216 at the end of the days play. Good win well bowled Isaac and Alan and well batted pine and pratty.
SDCC 124 (Traeger 48) & 4-68 def by Morley 9d-168 (Thompson 4-49)
The J-Train ambled its way to Karijini (not the National Park, but rather the Ballajura-based playing field located next to a local primary school) to play Morley for the second time within the first 5 rounds of the season. The captain having won the toss decided the Vikings would bat first in the warm inland conditions. A solid start soon fell apart for the J-Train. 1/47 soon became 6/54. It was a middle-order collapse that irrevocably damaged that ability for the Vikings to post a large score. Some lower-order hitting from Scotty Traeger (who made 48*) helped us to a total of 124 – definitely below par.
We bowled briefly on the first day in the late afternoon. Morley has been prone to parlous batting failures in previous rounds this season. Even with the modest score, the Vikings of J Grade were hopeful of a collapse occurring again. Single wickets to Michael Corlett, Dan Thompson and Scotty Traeger apiece left Morley 3/37 at the close of the first day’s play.
Filled with enthusiasm that it could be our day, the J-Train approached bowling on the second day with reinvigorated assurance. However, the Morley batsman calculatedly selected the deliveries to attack, and did not offer many chances. There was a focus from the Morley batting line-up that portrayed them as the hungrier team for victory.
While Morley faltered late when they were within ten runs of victory, it was a matter of too-little, too late for the Vikings. Thompson finished with 4 wickets, and young Mitch Traeger managed a couple scalps of his own. It would be prudent of the Vikings however to get back to basics with their ground fielding, which unfortunately let them down – but the catching from Brad Weir as keeper was sharp, managing to take 6-catches in the innings. The J-Train went in for a bit of a swish with the bat late in the day, an evergreen Pete Spiller managed to muster 25 runs of his own. A good effort from him – hopefully able to be replicated in a first innings from hereon.