O’Rourke Realty A Grade
Kingsley 70 (Wells 3-19) def by SDCC 103 (Kelland 32)
Saturday saw the 1’s rocking up to Seacrest to play Kingsley Woodvale knowing our finals hopes were all but over if we failed to win and in typical Mick James fashion, the day got off to a negative start with him losing the toss and we were sent into the field knowing the leading run-scorer in the league was their opening batsman.
However, the negative vibes were short lived when everyone celebrated Rod saving 4 leg-byes down the leg-side off Reef’s bowling which turned into the umpire raising his index finger resulting in their main man having to leave the ground without troubling the scorers. From there, the positive vibes and wickets continued. Reef’s opening bowling partner, M Wells, continued to prove the into the wind bowler claims correct as the lanky fast bowler picked up 3 crucial wickets for just 19 runs off his 8 overs. After the opening bowlers done the damage early, the 2 experienced Association representatives continued the dangerous bowling with Hunter bowling exceptionally well proving the Association selectors why they should not have dropped him for this year’s Cricket West Carnival, coming away with strong figures of 2/6 off 5 overs. Whilst, association spin bowler, Gav Higgins was trying to impress his newly founded representative team mates claiming 2 wickets for an expensive 17 runs costing his Viking team mates a bar card before finishing the job bowling Kingsley all out for a par score at Seacrest, 70.
With 7 overs to bat out before the IGA Party Pie Tea Break, Roy and Pete walked to the crease looking to build a solid partnership and set the foundations for this crucial run chase. However, this did not go to plan with former Golden Boy, Flynn Rose and craptain, Mick James in addition to both openers were back in the sheds and making full use of the Subway sandwiches, Pods and chicken wings on offer during the interval. This left Kelland and Hunter both at the crease looking to steady the ship after the break at 4/6. And steady the ship they did by putting on a crucial partnership seeing off the opening bowlers and getting us within 20 runs of the target before Hunter was sent on his way. This left Kelland and Higgins at the crease to finish the job and secure a crucial victory putting us into 5th position with finals all the play for in the business end of the season. However, it wasn’t all positives at Viking Park as Niall Callaghan continued his red ink ways with a solid 9 not out climbing his average to 50.00 giving him something else to talk about other than his Round 3 heroics
LifeNet Financial D Grade
SDCC 5-209 (Catalfamo 74, Eccles 34) def Balga 6-131
A top of the table clash on the main ladder saw the Vikings reclaim top spot and also move to 3rd on the one day ladder after the demolition of the Grass trees.
Backing up from their 61 run opening stand at Kingsley, Cat and SHANE punched out a partnership of 72 before Cat and Whispers added another 54 runs to have us sitting nicely at 2/126 with plenty of depth left in the clubrooms. Still we should have had more if VFL/AFL star M Dunstan had run between wickets harder. Cat was in fine touch clobbering 6 fours and 4 sixes as he compiled a patient 74. Contributions from everyone else who batted, including Burgs who was looking silky smooth for his late order 17 saw us crawl our way to 209, probably 40 short thanks to Mick not running the first one hard enough, but 209 is still a good score to bowl at against a team that lost to the Emus of Edgewater in the last game.
In a post-match interview with Mick he said when questioned about the running between wickets that he has flashbacks to his football preseason days and running hard in January brings out the cold sweats in him but that he should be right once the Fosters Cup starts in February.
After a short break and with a rev up from the skipper still ringing on our ears about how we needed to play the first 20 overs much better than the prior week, we set out to dismantle the Grass Trees batting lineup. Mango and Cat bowled with great control and picked up a wicket a piece as they got through their 8 overs after only conceding 20 runs each, although we’d have to say Mango’s wicket was a gift, fairly sure it was his first game of cricket ever. A straight forward Gully catch by Pres saw dangerman Cordell fall prey to Jeccles saw the game fairly much over just after drinks. 3/54 and no depth left in the Balga batting line up. Toots catch was the result of some aggressive captaincy by Gambo, two regular gully’s in play for Cordell and a spare fly gully for protection tempting Balga’s leading player to play his favourite shot. In his post-match interview, Cordell reflected on his dismissal and at being set up so well and said it was a tough call, just like a big night on the tequila’s, you know you’ve had a good time but you always regret that last shot the next day.
With the game all but over and Balga’s middle order not looking threatening, the rest of the bowlers went through the motions to ensure the victory was ours. New boy Vaughan Bernie Quinlan showed way to much faith in SHANE’s ability to spin the ball and paid the price by missing a straight one and conceding a disappointing bye. Jakeb was removing the rust from his action and bowled better the longer he went into his spell.
Gambo’s call fall for getting more points from the match was left to the slow bowling brigade and I feel we could have bowled them out if mick had been running in harder, but it wasn’t to be. As much as Mango was fortunate to get the first gamer at the top of the order, it was SHANE’s turn to remove a newby at the tail.
A solid performance against an average team saw us jump back into top spot and stay in contention for a one day final spot, albeit the make-up of the final is largely out of our hands now other than making sure we are available to play should Marmion or Karrinyup lose this week.
Special mention must go to Luke Saunders for his stint at square leg and his cheesecake ball.
Tricrest Construction E Grade
SDCC 6-212 (Blower 56, French 55) def Quinns Rocks 74 (French 3-11, Tough 3-17)
Having lost the toss and bowling first we would have gotten off to a flyer if it wasn’t for the multiple dropped catches, particularly from the bowling of Tough. Parker took one early with the opposition unable to score much off him at all with figures of 1/8 off 6. It was a fairly boring game where Quinns Rocks decided to not try and score. We had them 4 down at drinks for 44 runs. In enters Hayden “the big show” French bowling well flighted straight balls completely confusing the opposition. Watson partnered French with figures of 2/32. Tough came back on and took 3 wickets, finishing at 3/17. French finished with figures of 3/11 off 7 rolling Quinns for 74.
With the bat the opening partnership of Wood and N Clayton worked well. Clayton was dismissed having been fired by Tough at square leg of a stumping. Clayton proceeded to complain for the remainder of the innings. Wood made 29 and N Clayton made 21. We went 1/44, 2/57 to 3/142. Blower and French batted strongly together both getting out in the 50s. A cameo of 18 from S Harrison, J Garcia (11) and Marlow (7) rounded out the batting. Shot of the day was Marlow’s massive six over mid off in the final over. Overall a very strong Viking performance.
Traeger Electrical G Grade
SDCC 165 (George 31) def Quinns Rocks 8-121 (Thompson 3-24)
Won the toss, (tails is the way to go this season!) and we had a bat. They were going to bowl anyway so a ‘win, win’ situation. Fallows (8) and Jay Carroll (17) started cautiously and added 34 for the 1st wicket but when both fell at that score the 2 new batsmen in Sam Hopkins and Goss had to start again. They built the score to 58 when Hopkins (15) was adjudged lbw, and soon after Goss (12) went for a wide one and spooned a catch to gully just before drinks and at 70 odd, could do well to a good target. Todd followed a duck in the previous outing with another globe and when Cam Emery (8) got a top edge to the keeper and Blower was out in the same over we were now 7/107 with a lot to do. The skipper (31) was hitting some boundaries from untidy bowling but that soon ended at 119 when the castle was knocked over. Chadd (21) and Willsy (24) took the score to 159, some very handy runs indeed and Willsy was last man out at 165, and a decent total to defend.
Gravey and Thommo started off really well against a side not really seeming to go for the runs, with the latter bagging 3 in his 8 overs straight. Gravey too bowled out his overs of line and length and should have got more than the 1 wicket for his cause. One wicket each to the Chadd and Todd, brought the home side to 6 fa 50 odd, with a mountain to climb. A fair bit of that score was wides and we kept at that rate after drinks to an amazing 44 by game’s end, which flattered their total of 8/121. Sam Hopkins and Blower, in keeping one on the pitch for a stumping, picked up one each towards the end. A pretty ugly last session to say the least, giving up more than an extra 7 overs in wides, highlighted by a ball coming off a leading edge and dropping between bowler, mid-wicket and mid-on. Communication 101 fellas!! Someone calls. A win is a win and keeps us on top but need a better disciplined bowling effort in our last one day game, which doubles as possibly who plays in the one day final. Hope those in the know get to training to work on bowling on the off stump!!
Centrewest Insurance H Grade
SDCC 4-211 (Coumbe 63, Maricic 85*) def Waneroo 8-131 (Maricic 3-23)
Second last home game of the year for h grade and it was against wanneroo who had beaten us 5 time in the last 2 years so we were due for a win. With a few changes we welcomed a new Viking in mason sear to the team. Mason is a junior from Broome down here for country week and was keen for a game, hopefully he can come back one day and play foe the Viking again. Mason was also the 40th person who as played for h grade this year. I won the toss and decided to have a bowl. We got off to a good start by restricting the run rate and putting the pressure on the batsmen. We had the 2 for 60 at drinks in a good position but they had there best batsman and h grades best batsman at the crease. He stayed around for a bit but after a few sprays from Scotty he was on his was and the wickets started to fall. At the end of the 40 overs we had them 8 for 131 a good total to chase. Scotty and Tom Maricic h oit 3 each and the young mason got 2 with 2 really good slower balls.
We went in to bat and got off to a solid start. With Lee mac and Ben ranford. After Ben departed for 11 olow went and and off his frist 5 ball got a no ball then hit the free hit for 6 then a wide then another no ball then he hit the free hit for 6. Good start by olow but shortly after he departed and got a spray from there players in th process. This bought jc and Tommy to the crease the pair went on to score 63 and 85 helping us pass the score and win the game. We ended up on 4 for 211 at the end of the 50 overs.
Great win to finally beat wanneroo but the game ended on a bit of a sour note when a few of there players started having ago at ours. In the end we won the game, happy days move onto the next game. Great win h grade boys.
Challenge Batteries J Grade
SDCC 137 (Gilbert 44) def Karrinyup 106
New team Karrinyup was next up for the J grade lads. Unfamiliar team against players we didn't know but we would still go in confident with finals on the line. Some may say we went in too confident. Runs early but so were wickets. With Weir out in the 3rd over for 16. Thomson and Gilbert hung around to put up 32 together then Dan falling for 26. Gilbert then put head down and slowly made runs while seeing wickets fall at the other end. Fell for 44 with the Vikings 5/116. Kanakis the only batsmen that put a price on his wicket, head down and tried to see us to the 40th over. Ran out of partners in the 31st over and Vikings all out for 137.
Not the greatest we have made but with our bowling, a score we back to defend. Openers hung around longer than we would've liked but once we got one, we took wickets as a collective. 1/21, 2/21 then 3/49 and 4/50. Patel starting well with his first 6 overs having figures of 2 for 6 bit then going for 19 in the next two. Wella was unlucky, finding the edge but the ball going wide and over fielders constantly. Kankis came on with Weir at the opposite end and both put a holt on the run rate. Going for 30 in the 14 overs they bowled and Kanakis picking up two wickets as well. With them only having 10 batsmen, they were all out for 106 and the Vikings picking up there 5th win on the run.