BHRDCA Round 3 2013/14 Reporter Wrap-up
With a quarter of the season’s matches played already we have seen some super games of cricket and round 3 certainly did not disappoint.
At Walker Park in Mitcham, BHRDCA life member Mark Jones celebrated his 400th game in style his 4/70 and a handy 25 at number 7 saw EBBCC post a hard fought 15 run win over the Tigers. Mitcham haven’t had the greatest start to the season and sit at the bottom of the ladder, still searching for that first win.
Another club still looking for the elusive 6 points is East Box Hill, they were valiant at Mirabooka Oval going down to the Cobras by just 11 runs. For the home side Stephen Voerman was instrumental, his well constructed 84 included 7 fours and 2 sixes before he was brilliantly run out by Campell Gauld. Voerman’s 84 combined with Steve Alderton’s 69 saw them post what would end up being a match-winning 260. Despite a mass exodus at the beginning of the year Blackburn South have been more than competitive in every game this year and will no doubt prove to a tough opponent every week.
A wicket fest at Templestowe Reserve in a local rivalry of sorts saw Bulleen Templestowe grab the 6 points. The Bullants remarkably were able to defend 115 with Paolucci and Hale both taking 3 wickets apiece in a match which yielded 29 wickets for just 354 runs. A special mention has to go to Templestowe’s premiership skipper from 2011/12 Luke Costa who finished with a ten wicket haul in the match his 5/30 and 5/24 not quite enough to get the Stowers another win.
Blackburn weren’t able to repeat their heroics from round 2, batting all day at Vermont Recreation Reserve the Burners were only able to post 183 with Colin McKenzie’s 57 at the top of the innings the only real score of note. For the Eagles Mitch Scott bowled well snaring 4/32 while young spinner Chris Bell bowled with maturity all day and was able to finish with 3/73. In reply the home side did it rather comfortably. They saluted with 3 wickets in hand and 20 overs remaining. A 94 run parternship between the evergreen Brad Taylor and Brad Cullen meant the Vermont were able to recover from being 4/20. 3 wins from 3 games and yet again Vermont look like the team to beat.
Last seasons premiers Heatherdale and Forest Hill treated fans to a final over thriller out at Purches Street. Some late order hitting from Jarrod Thorp saw the Dales post a more than respectable 235. For the Zebras new recruit Sam Russell did some damage with the ball taking 5/80. A swashbuckling 68 from Jarryd Taun-Henderson meant that Forest Hill were up to their ears in the run chase all day and after 80 overs had been bowled they found themselves victors by 2 wickets, finishing on 8/236.
For the second successive game St Davids found themselves chasing leather to all parts of the ground. 126 to former test cricketer Russel Arnold and 125 to Nuwan Gardiwasan combined with some ordinary fielding and undisciplined bowling saw the Box Hill North Super Kings post a massive 445 in just 62.5 overs. In reply the Brownlows were always going to be up against it, losing wickets at regular intervals to eventually be all out for 169 thanks to 5/30 from Trav Parsonage. The newly merged club from Elgar Park sniffed an outright but a rapid fire 54 not-out from run machine Mike Enticott saw the St Davids second innings finish at 0/89.
The big improvers in season 2013/14 Koonung Heights continued on their merry way on Saturday with an impressive win over Vermont South at Greythorn Park. It was the Vultures who batted first and they really struggled to get their innings going at all, left-arm slow bowler Trevor Patrao took 4/67 and really was the pick of the bowlers as Vermont South were all out for 157. The Nungers did their best to lose the game, losing 6/50 when it appeared they were coasting but an impressive 60 from James Fenner saw Koonung Heights salute with 2 wickets and 17 overs still in the bank.
Inclement weather at Kalang Park spoiled the party for the Laburnum Cricket Club, they looked on track for their third successive win. The home side managed to post 5/304 in week one, with all 7 batsmen making more than 20 runs but it was an unbeaten 117 run partnership between skipper Ash Keys and Jason Lovell that really put Laburnum in a commanding position. For their opponents the Glen Waverley Hawks opener Geoff Gannon managed an unbeaten 67 before the game ultimately ended in a draw.
At Wellington Reserve Shane Luby continued his impressive early season form with a quick fire 91, while brother Patrick’s typically dour 47 allowed the pair to put on a 128 run partnership which saw the Bee’s post a modest 217. The run chase didn’t get off to a great start with both Mulgrave Wheelers Hill trudging back to the pavilion without scoring. Captain Travis Balaam the only one providing any real assistance, his well compiled 60 wasn’t quite enough to get his side over the line. 6/53 from new recruit Trevor Wright helped the visitors to a well deserved 16 run victory.
The Doncaster Cricket Club are going about their business very quietly at the moment, slipping under peoples radars while playing some very good cricket. Captain Sam Noble has the club back on the straight and narrow and they still boast one of the BHRDCA’s most talented batsmen in Mark Albiston. It was a lovely 56 and 5/39 from ex Bulleen Templestowe player Josh Waters that allowed the home side to construct a win over Heatherdale. The Dales second XI are more than holding their own in Wilson Shield but with Waters routing their top order the chase of 196 ended prematurely at 178.
Out on Len Toogood oval it was a rematch of last season’s semi final and the boys from Blackburn North were able to turn the tables on Kerrimuir in a somewhat convincing fashion. Batting first the Muirs top order struggled with the swing and pace of Odermatt and Mill and unfortunately their 156 was never going to be enough. Wayman made 39 for the home side but captain Benny Davis stole the show with 51 to see his side over the line. Blackburn North now sit atop the Wilson Shield ladder undefeated but it’s a different story at Springfield Park, last years runners up are yet to win a game and are languishing at the bottom of the table.
VMCU: U/21 Neil Wright Shield
After making the Semi Finals last year the Under 21 boys from all across the association were chomping at the bit stuck back into some representative cricket. The first game was played on Sunday at Schramms Reserve against the visiting Mercantile Cricket Association.
The day started off on a good note when Mercantile won the toss and sent us in on a pitch which more resembled a footpath than a cricket wicket. The conditions for batting were glorious and we certainly took full advantage of that. An opening stand of 47 between Will Hastings and Charles Erasmus took the shine off the new ball and set up a brilliant platform for some big hitting later on in the innings. At the 17 over mark skipper Jarryd Taun-Henderson strode to the crease with the score on 52, had a few sighters then unleashed some of the most devastating carnage that you will ever see. The boys from Mercantile had front row tickets to the best show in town, Jarryd was brilliant in every shot he played and managed to bat the rest of the innings, his splendid 111 not out saw the BHRDCA post a score of 6/216 in our allotted 40 overs. The intensity and energy in the field was fantastic and we never really looked like losing, not be out done by his brother Aaron Taun-Henderson ripped the heart out of the Mercantile middle order, his 7 over spell yielding 4 wickets for just 19 runs. Mercantile all out for 142 and our u/21 boys have started off this years carnival with a bang.
The next game is on the 24th of November at Harry Trott oval against Williamstown & District CA.
Best Batting Performances
|166*||Andrew Coulston||Bulleen Templestowe||McIntosh Shield Grade 2nds||3||1||Templestowe|
|142||Adam T Johnson||Mitcham||McIntosh Shield Grade 2nds||3||1||East Burwood|
|126||Russel S Arnold||Box Hill North Super Kings||McIntosh Shield Grade||3||1||St Davids|
|126||Dominic Pius||Bulleen Templestowe||McIntosh Shield Grade 2nds||3||1||Templestowe|
|125||Nuwan Gardiwasam||Box Hill North Super Kings||McIntosh Shield Grade||3||1||St Davids|
|121||Chris Tillotson||Syndal||A Grade||3||1||Glen Waverley Hawks|
|119*||Matthew Stewart||Heatherdale||B Grade||3||1||Mitcham|
|104*||Connor McCafferty||Heatherdale||D Grade||3||1||Blackburn South|
|102||Richard A Harford||Templestowe||C Grade||3||2||Box Hill North Super Kings|
|101||Adam J Hewitt||Nunawading||C Grade||3||1||Vermont South|
|101||Jack Roughsedge||East Box Hill||McIntosh Shield Grade 2nds||3||1||Blackburn South|
Best Bowling Performances
|8/52||Brad J Lavelle||Mitcham||McIntosh Shield Grade 2nds||3||1||East Burwood|
|6/38||Paul Beven||Kerrimuir United||A Grade||3||1||Blackburn North|
|6/53||Trevor Wright||Eley Park||Wilson Shield Grade||3||1||Mulgrave Wheelers Hill Cricket Club|
|5/20||Joshua Davidson||Deakin||A Grade||3||1||Park Orchards|
|5/22||Andrew Hider||Mulgrave Wheelers Hill Cricket Club||One Day C Grade||6||1||St Davids|
|5/23||Corey Wickham||Koonung Heights||A Grade||3||1||Burwood District|
|5/24||Luke A Costa||Templestowe||McIntosh Shield Grade||3||2||Bulleen Templestowe|
|5/24||Trent Matthews||Park Orchards||A Grade||3||1||Deakin|
|5/30||Travis Parsonage||Box Hill North Super Kings||McIntosh Shield Grade||3||1||St Davids|
|5/30||Luke A Costa||Templestowe||McIntosh Shield Grade||3||1||Bulleen Templestowe|
|5/31||Phillip Lord||Nunawading||C Grade||3||1||Vermont South|
|5/35||Connor McCafferty||Heatherdale||D Grade||3||1||Blackburn South|
|5/35||Lachlan Johns||Heatherdale||Wilson Shield Grade||3||1||Doncaster|
|5/36||Buddhika Mendis||Nunawading||B Grade||3||1||Mulgrave Wheelers Hill Cricket Club|
|5/39||Josh Waters||Doncaster||Wilson Shield Grade||3||1||Heatherdale|
|5/51||Amit Rathi||Mulgrave Wheelers Hill Cricket Club||Wilson Shield Grade||3||1||Eley Park|
|5/52||Lahiru Anthony||Vermont South||Wilson Shield Grade||3||1||Koonung Heights|
|5/65||Matthew Jarrett||Blackburn||B Grade||3||1||Forest Hill|
|5/77||Xavier Cramer||East Box Hill||McIntosh Shield Grade 2nds||3||1||Blackburn South|
|5/77||Patrick Eldridge||Glen Waverley Hawks||A Grade||3||1||Syndal|
|5/133||Kane Sloan||St Davids||McIntosh Shield Grade||3||1||Box Hill North Super Kings|
Best Fielding Performances
|4||0||1||Jason May||East Burwood||McIntosh Shield Grade||3||1||Mitcham|
|4||0||1||Thomas Macrokanis||Mitcham||McIntosh Shield Grade||3||1||East Burwood|
|4||0||Nick Mill||Blackburn North||Wilson Shield Grade||3||1||Kerrimuir United|
|4||0||Kyle Rayner||Blackburn||B Grade||3||1||Forest Hill|
|4||0||alex j mckeown||Heatherdale||Under 12 A Grade||3||1||East Doncaster|
|2||2||Andrew Harrison||East Box Hill||McIntosh Shield Grade||3||1||Blackburn South|
|1||1||2||Malcolm West||Nunawading||E Grade||5||1||Doncaster|
Wrap written by Paul Semertzidis