The Sam Shearer era got off to the best possible start out at Syndal Playing Fields against Old Wesley. In what seemed pre-ordained, Sam Shearer took over the reigns of Captain-Coach from Matthew Grose who has stepped back to the ranks due to external commitments. With highly experienced and talented Matt Mitchell lending able support, the Scotchies are in capable hands going forward, and so it proved today.
The A-Team made a solid start to the new campaign this afternoon, with an 8 wicket bonus point win away to Old Wesley. Losing the toss and bowling first on a low and slow wicket, The Scotchies managed to restrict Old Weslians to 92 all out in the 40th and final over.
Ageless wonder Gary "Benjamin Button" Bennett was clearly the pick of the bowlers, showing no signs of slowing down and claiming a typically masterful 2-7 off 8 overs. Matt Grose and John McLaughlan also bowled well, claiming 2 wickets a piece.
After a really solid effort in the field, the boys managed to chase down the required 93 in the 18th over without any undue difficulties, claiming a bonus point in the process. Matt Mitchell was solid at the top, making a classy 31 and Sam Shearer finished the job with a typically pugnacious 34 not out.
Skipper Sam Shearer was pleased with the start to the season from his charges, but also stipulated that there is still plenty to work and improve on, as they strive to go one better this season, after the Grand Final heartbreak of the past two summers. Nobody knows
The Second XI were unfortunately washed out on Saturday and will look to get their season up and running against Trinity this coming Saturday. The Firsts also play Saturday, making the short trip to Melbourne High.
In the mean time...