O’Rourke Realty A Grade
SDCC 9-121 def by Ballajura 7-126
Lifenet Financial D Grade
SDCC 6-232 (O’Mara 77, Mitchell 52, Eccles 29*) def Warwick Greenwood 8-222 (Eccles 3-25, Mitchell 3-39)
The Pres hooked up for his second partnership of notice on Saturday after bumbling his way through six consecutive legside wides to open the innings. Our regular opening partnership was playing opposite roles this game as this time it was SHANE who slammed both openers over cover for four, with the first ball he faced off each. A partnership of 53 set the foundation for last games centurion and the clubs leading century maker Whispers to join SHANE at the crease. Deano, dropped on zero by a former Viking, was not going to let that go unpunished. With the most cracked handled bat on earth, Dean belted old mate Brookes to the boundary, through the boundary and over the boundary, with one shot being saved from landing in someone’s living room by the canopy of a tree (guess you don’t drop short to Dean after he’s been gifted a chance). The pair brutally and patiently put on 98 for the second wicket before SHANE departed for 52 in the 30th over. Dean was out soon after for a belligerent 77, 8 fours, 5 sixes. A small collapse saw us lose 4 for 21 before join the dots Eccles and University bound Lukey Saunders added a quick fire 34 for the sixth wicket. This brought keeper Marlow to the crease and three fours and a nice maximum into the trees saw the good guys finish at 6/232. Our third highest score for the year and a decent total on a postage stamp of a ground.
We lost Trace early in his spell to a side strain in his first over(which if it was any one other than Trace, may have been a full body tear requiring weeks or hospitalisation), but Trace soldiered on dutifully until bowling 3 more overs to only go for 12 off his spell. Wickets were not coming, runs were being taken at will and for the first time this season, the Vikings went to drinks in a 1 dayer wicketless and having half their score achieved. Acknowledging we needed to lift in the second half to keep our chances of a one day final alive, Skipper brought on Shane and Eccles, who turned the tide of the game by taking 6 for 64 off of their 16 overs. Bruce and Mango (looking very Fresh with his new hair style) finished the last 5 overs off under pressure, Bruce, learnt a valuable lesson hopefully), you don’t drop short when the square boundaries are spitting distance from the wicket). A ten run win for the good guys in what was one of our games of the season so far.
So we head to Balga, back on top of the main ladder but with some work to do in the key moments of one day games. Our fielding was sloppy, we bowled 4 NB ( 3 of which were above the waist). A win here against the 2nd placed team should help us secure a finals birth for March and also help close the gap in the one day ladder. The competition is very even and anyone on their day can get up, as this was our fourth very close finish of the season. All signs that those selected this week can’t get complacent by our position on the main ladder.
Tricrest Construction E Grade
SDCC 154 (Blower 59) def Waneroo 145 (Mackenzie 3-17)
To start of the new year batting first A. Wood and J. Fallows opened up against Wanneroo. A. Wood Fell first for 5 and Fallows quickly followed for 0. S. Hopkins and M. Blower came to the crease and slowed the fall of wickets putting on 53 together. Hopkins fell for 14 bringing the aggressive and newly married S. Harrison to the crease making a quick fire 20 with 3 fours. Blower was launching balls to the boundary repeatedly with 7 fours and two big sixes, down the ground, to ruin the opening bowlers economy. With the team sitting at 3/111, Harrison and Blower departed. W. Clayton and M. Mackenzie came to the crease and combined well with Clayton doing the bulk of the scoring on his way to 20. The tail collapsed losing four wickets for 12 runs with a golden globe for the skipper. The team finished on 154 which was probably 15 to 20 runs short.
C. McLellan and in his return game from a serious injury K. Gravestock opened the bowling. The opening batters came out to get the runs quickly getting to 43 in under 8 overs before Gravestock struck in typical fashion with an outside edge. A couple of over later and Gravestock bowled a well-executed slower ball creating the batsman to top edge one high to mid-on. Gravestock fought back well in his 8 overs to finish with 2/41. The BBQ was simmering with the number 3 and 4 and eventually ignited off a free hit they tried to run for 3. Mackenzie’s rocked arm had other ideas. At drinks Wanneroo were 3/93. The handbrakes in J. Watson and M. Mackenzie bowled controlled reducing the scoring dramatically. Watson bowled 8 straight for 2/24 and Mackenzie’s two spells got him 3/17. Wanneroo went 4/97 to 6/110. An inspiring catch from sub fielder Matt Wells, where he turned a certain four into one of the greatest catches slip catches of the decade, provided Watson with his 2nd. M. Mohr only just got off the Kuiper with figures of 1/24. Mackenzie and McLellan needed to finish off the game in the dying overs. With only one recognised batsman left Mackenzie stepped up with an absolute jaffa that took top of middle stump. McLellan proceeded to use this momentum and bowled the 8 for only 4. With number 10 and 11 at the crease Wanneroo needed only 15 runs to win. They only managed 5 more with Mackenzie picking up his 3rd pole with a leading edge to Hopkins at cover.
Traeger Electrical G Grade
SDCC 5-196 (Caroll 50, Emery 46, Jones 45*) def Kingsley 120
Lost toss but got sent in as the captain said they’d like to chase. Lost Willsy early but his opening partner in Jay combined with Cam Emery and upped the scoring rate late, after we were 16 off 8 overs, to take us to drinks with 85 on the board, Jay 50no. He was out 1st over after drinks without adding to the score but the momentum continued with Goss joining in the fun and another healthy partnership of 68 ensued. Cam was out caught when the score was 153 with plenty of overs to go, then Ben lbw (5) and Todd (0) picked out man on the boundary, went within quick succession. I came in with 4 overs to go and partnered Goss (45no) to a final score of 5/196. (half way between 198 for the bowling and 194 batting card) ??
Started well with Lochie, in his first game back since round 1, captured their openers in his first 2 overs, both caught by Cam and could've had a 3rd had Ben held onto a chance running in from mid-on. Although sundries were mounting, regular wickets were falling, Todd with a couple, Sharpey and Came with one and at drinks they were 6/97. One batter, who had been dropped twice stood between us and an early end and once Came Emery claimed his wicket, ct behind, they stodged until a run out and my only wicket ensured they were way short of the desired chase! All out 120. Cam in making 46, claiming 2 wickets, 2 catches and a run out had a fantastic game, with solid contributions from Jay, Goss and the bowlers all putting in good efforts. If we can keep the sundries down heading into the next two, need-to-win games to ensure we finish top 2, that would go along way to get the chocolates.
Centrewest Insurance H Grade
5-239 (Coumbe 63*, Kelland 61, Marsh 57) def Warwick Greenwood 9-124 (Cox 4-17)
Round nine and h grade had another home game this time against Warwick Greenwood who previously smashed us in the 2 day game so we really needed to bounce back and get the win. I lost the toss but as usual the Warwick Greenwood captain sent us in to bat. We started off well With Lee mac hitting 15 off the frist over including 2 6s but then wickets started to fall. We found ourselves 4 for 40 of 8 over when Tommy kelland joined jc in the middle. The 2 dug in and managed to get us to drink with 97 on the board. After the break Tommy put the foot down and cleared the rope a few times before departing for 61. Marshy them come and and join in on the act clearing the rope and smashing 57 not out in quick time. Jc finished up on 67 not out great knock. Well batted by jc Tommy and marshy, we ended with a total of 5 for 239. Great score with the only down side marshy injuring his ankle while swinging hard.
We went into to bowl and it couldn't of started better. With mason cox grabbing 4 quick wickets in his frist 3 overs. We had them 4 for 10 within the frist 8 overs. The started to get away a little but with a bowling change Mark came on and grab the big wicket of the skipper frist ball of his spell. After that wickets fell throughout the innings. They ended up 9 for 122 at the end of the 40 overs. Scotty Holbrook bowled with some great pace and took 2 wickets. Mark bowled really tight and took 2 for 20 off his 8 and the pick of the bowlers yet again mason with 4 for 17 off his 8. Well bowled all bowlers and back up in the field.
Much needed win keep us in the hunt for the finals. This win gives us something to work with going into the next 2 games where we play the top 2 teams. Great team effort well played by all.
Challenge Batteries J Grade
SDCC 4-240 (Maricic 142, Bavcevic 36*) def Edgewater 8-132 (Thompson 4-19)
With One Day finals on the line, we needed a win and a big win with that. Tight ladder up top has set a close finish with these final 3 games ahead. Playing a competitive Edgewater was never going to be easy for us, and with the sun burning, everyone was going to feel it. We lost the toss and got given the ball. Field first.
Was not a pleasant start, short balls coming from both ends being sent past the boundary early, was the best start. Then the classic saying took place, shit gets wickets and that it did. Full toss on the stumps by Atish snaps the bail and adds another wicket to his growing tally this year. Dan joined the party soon after and quickly two wickets fell. Back in it we were. They gathered small partnerships but tight bowling from young Cooper and Tom kept them under control as they started to lose wickets towards the end. Finishing the 40 overs 8/132. Atish with 1/12 off 7 overs. Dan 4/19 off 8 overs. Jimmy Kanakis 2/19 off 7.
Batting line up was a gift from God this week with the top order looking like a work of art. They soon wasn't the case. Dan, coming off his best score in the final game before the break, blamed the bat for pulling one straight to mid wicket for a duck. Eamon, or as Edgewater called him "the big hitter" was in and out just as quick but with a 3 next to his name. Ibav and Tom Maricic stayed together, rotating the strike and putting away bad balls for fun. Getting us from 2/10 to 3/204. Tom leading the way with a 143 and Bav doing what he does, scoring a strong 36* off 37 overs. Team finishing the 40 overs 4/240. A much needed win but 2 more harder games to go.