With Round 4 came a mixture of results, upsets, convincing wins and nail biters. One thing though was certain; the cricket was as good as ever.
At Morton Park Blackburn moved to second position on the Shield ladder with a hard fought win over the in form Box Hill North Super Kings. The Super Kings were missing both centurions from round 3’s demolition of St Davids and the home side took full advantage. The visiting side slumped to 6-3 before some smart middle order batting and a 62 run 10th wicket partnership saw them post a competitive 220. An unbeaten 67 from skipper Luke Davis meant that the Burners were able to chase the runs rather comfortably, finishing victors by 4 wickets still with 11 overs left in the days play.
Bulleen Templestowe showed that they would again be around the mark in season 2013/14. The Bullant’s sent in Blackburn South at Ted Ajani reserve and that certainly seemed to be the right decision. Lee Woolcock ensured that the home side took full advantage, his legspinners taking 4/53 saw the Cobras all out for just 165. Two late wickets on the first day gave the visiting side a little sniff but that was where it ended the home side were largely untroubled after that as they finished the match on 4/201 to move to 4th position on the ladder. Half centuries from Jack Berry and Luke Mason were the highlights of that innings.
At the start of the round only two sides were anchored to the bottom of the ladder without a win for season 2013/14. East Box Hill hosted Mitcham at Howard Wilson Oval in an early season battle to stave off relegation whispers. The Tigers opted to bat first but a brilliant new ball spell from Campbell ‘Spud’ Gauld saw them reeling at 3-22 and despite a well compiled 48 from Mark Wheeler they were never able to get their innings going. 3/27 from stand in skipper Angus Gauld meant his Breakers would be chasing a modest 170 for victory. At 3/43 the game was still very much in the balance before a 60 run partnership between Atilla Yaman and Brendt Henricus restored some stability and ensured East Box Hill would get their first win of the season. Henricus finished with a marvelous 107* as the home sides innings was eventually declared at 5/252.
The upset of the round came at Donvale Reserve where the new kids on the block St Davids accounted for last seasons premiers Heatherdale. Sent in to bat in the first week the home side were anchored splendidly by Brent Williams, who in a remarkable effort batted the entire 80 overs to finish 85* (250) not out. Just 2 wickets down at tea St Davids were able to post a competitive 8/213 on a very slow outfield. Heatherdale’s run chase got off to a brisk start, despite losing De Kretser (9) early they were able to consolidate and were around about 100 runs shy of the target at the tea interval. Lachlan Johns 9 boundary 77 was absolutely superb but when he departed at 5/137 just after the break the game drastically changed course. Dean Sofianopoulos destroyed the Heatherdale bottom order with his disciplined bowling and relentless pressure, the visiting side lost 6 wickets for just 16 runs to be all out for 153. Sofianopoulos finished with 6/23 while Williams backed up his efforts with the bat with 1/30 and two great catches in the gully. With still 19 overs left in he day the Brownlows had a second innings but this was rather inconsequential as they finished 1/63, Sloan 30 (43) and Williams 21*(47) providing some late entertainment for the spectators.
At East Burwood Reserve Sean Bramstedt continued his love affair with the Vermont Cricket Club, the EBBCC captain saw the home side put on what eventually turned out to be a match winning 269. In reply Vermont were able to post 221, largely thanks to a career best haul of 5/36 from opening bowler Simon Cocks. This was a very important win by the home side as it sees them square their ledger at 2-2 for season 2013/14.
In the last shield match of the round Templestowe were comprehensively out played by a clinical Forest Hill side. The Zebras are now alone at the top of the McIntosh Shield ladder undefeated with 4 wins. A 10 boundary 50 from Aaron Taun-Henderon , 40 from Charles Erasmus and a start from virtually every other batsman allowed the home side to make 282. Luke Costa continued his good form with the ball, taking 3/60 while young spinner Jacob Bevacqua was the pick of the bowlers with 4/58. With only Zaicos (34) providing any real resistance at the top of the order the Stowers were all out in the 47th over for just 155, their third score under 160 for the season.
Vermont South officially kicked off their season with an impressive 95 run victory over this seasons big improver Laburnum. 5 batsmen made over 30 for the vultures with Sudesh Guruge’s powerful 111 the main reason the home side were able to post 6/345. In reply Laburnum were not completely disgraced, proven performer Jarrod Keys was brilliant with 109 while new recruit Brad Leed made 42. Laburnum still currently sit in the top 4 with 3 wins and just this one loss.
Last seasons grand finalists Kerrimuir United also opened their account with a crushing 102 run demolition of Doncaster. Opting to bat first at Springfield Park the home side posted 5/257 largely thanks to a demoralizing unbeaten 140 from Ryan Hillas. Some brilliant bowling at the top of the innings saw the visiting team slump to 4 for 41 and from that they never could recover. Watson 3/34 was the pick of the bowlers as Mahir Qureshi (44) was the only batsman to show any real fight.
At Eley Park the home side’s top order struggled against the sheer pace and skill of Nick Greenhalf to be all out for just 168. Wilson Shields most in-form bowler was brilliant with 5/30 off 24 overs, he and left arm spinner Trev Patrao 3/43 didn’t allow them a look in as they posted that below-par score. The home side really struggled to take wickets at regular intervals and 34* from skipper Clinton Proctor and 36* from BHRDCA warhorse Billy Karametos saw the Nungers to 6/201 and another set of 6 points.
The most impressive individual performance of the round came at Capital Reserve. Leigh Odermatt bowled at his devastating best taking 3/7 and removing the dangerous Apurwa Sarve for just one. Combined with Nathan Mills 3/36 the Glen Waverly Hawks were only capable of posting a paltry 113 and at stumps on day one Blackburn North were halfway there. The Bulldogs innings eventually finished at 3/196 with that man Leigh Odermatt scoring an unbeaten 116, his first century in any form of cricket and the big fella was certainly very pleased with his efforts! Congratulations and well batted Leigh!
Xavier Barry-Murphy completed a fantastic comeback to cricket with an unbeaten 116 at Heatherdale Reserve as a Mulgrave/Wheelers Hill side without Travis Balaam was largely uncompetitive in this last match of the round. Barry-Murphy’s innings included 15 4s and helped his side post a huge 7/294. In reality this was always going to be a tall order for the visiting side. The top order put up somewhat of a fight before eventually folding to leave the tail exposed and were bowled out for 152.
VMCU: Neil Wright U21 Shield
Our boys were clinical in their disposal of the Williamstown & District Cricket Association in a rain affected match at Harry Trott Oval. Inclement weather forced the game to be reduced to 26 overs per side and on a largely flat and lifeless wicket we were sent in by the opposition, a decision that the opposition captain no doubt regrets. We bowled quick, full and fast to have the opposition reeling at 4/27 before Aaron ‘Puppy Dog’ Clarke came on with his off spinners, he bowled with grace and twirl and finished with stunning figures of 5/11 and as the opposition crumbled to be all out for just 50. In reply we were never really challenged, Charles Erasmus (30*) and Scott Edwards (14*) saw us to a crushing ten wicket victory. A clearly emotional Bobby Mudher had this to say after the game ‘We are the best bunch of blokes’. The boys next game takes place on the 8th of December at Dempster Park, Sunshine against the North Metro CA. A strong performance could see our u/21s play off in a semi final for the second season running.
This week’s Reporter Wrap written by Paul Semertzidis
|140*||Ryan Hillas||Kerrimuir United||Wilson Shield Grade||Doncaster|
|116*||Leigh Odermatt||Blackburn North||Wilson Shield Grade||Glen Waverley Hawks|
|116*||Xavier Barry-Murphy||Heatherdale||Wilson Shield Grade||Mulgrave Wheelers Hill Cricket Club|
|115||David Patterson||Vermont||C Grade||Laburnum Cricket Club (previously NCoCCC)|
|114||Sean Bramstedt||East Burwood||McIntosh Shield Grade||Vermont|
|113||Scott Cunningham||Vermont South||A Grade||Syndal|
|111||Sudesh Umayanga Guruge||Vermont South||Wilson Shield Grade||Laburnum Cricket Club (previously NCoCCC)|
|109*||Jarrod Keys||Laburnum Cricket Club (previously NCoCCC)||Wilson Shield Grade||Vermont South|
|108||Gaurav Malhotra||Heatherdale||McIntosh Shield Grade 2nds||St Davids|
|107*||Brendt Henricus||East Box Hill||McIntosh Shield Grade||Mitcham|
Best Bowling Performances
|7/35||Joel Norman-Hade||South Sharks||D Grade||Eley Park|
|7/37||Ryan Marshman||Nunawading||C Grade||Kerrimuir United|
|7/41||Michael Armstrong||Glen Waverley Hawks||D Grade||Koonung Heights|
|7/45||Ashok S Xavier||Box Hill North Super Kings||B Grade||Blackburn|
|7/52||Guy Steel||Koonung Heights||D Grade||Glen Waverley Hawks|
|6/15||James Florence||Bulleen Templestowe||One Day B Grade||Blackburn North|
|6/23||Dean Sofianopoulos||St Davids||McIntosh Shield Grade||Heatherdale|
|6/32||Brayden Beaton||Forest Hill||McIntosh Shield Grade 2nds||Templestowe|
|6/36||Justin O’Dwyer||Heatherdale||B Grade||Mulgrave Wheelers Hill Cricket Club|
|6/39||Sam Kaudinya||Burwood District||One Day B Grade||Koonung Heights|
|6/50||Lachlan McDowell||Mulgrave Wheelers Hill Cricket Club||E Grade||Blackburn|
Best Fielding Performances
|4||0||1||Blake Herreen||Box Hill North Super Kings||C Grade||Koonung Heights|
|2||3||Andrew Morrison||Templestowe||McIntosh Shield Grade 2nds||Forest Hill|
|4||0||Matthew Nicholson||Park Orchards||A Grade||Koonung Heights|
|4||0||Lachlan McKenzie||Blackburn||B Grade||Box Hill North Super Kings|
|4||0||Bryce Litchfield||Box Hill North Super Kings||McIntosh Shield Grade 2nds||Blackburn|
|4||0||Gerard Atilemile||Laburnum Cricket Club (previously NCoCCC)||C Grade||Vermont|
|4||0||Alex Brennan||Blackburn South||D Grade||Bulleen Templestowe|
|3||0||1||Danyon McNeilly||East Burwood||E Grade||Doncaster|
|2||1||1||Huon Bertino||Deakin||A Grade||Yarraleen cricket club|
|2||1||1||Jack McDonald||East Box Hill||Under 16 A Grade||Blackburn|
|1||3||Glen Mackie||Nunawading||One Day C Grade||Melbourne Falcons Cricket Club|