OLD SCOTCH CC 2/160 (36)
def. CAULFIELD GRAMMARIANS/NCG 159 (36.5)
The toss went Caulfield’s way and we were asked to bowl on a good wicket. After a slow start with the ball in the first 20 overs, a massive team effort innings held them to 159 off 36.5 overs. Everyone bowled to plan with wickets being shared and the fielding and catching was first rate. Chasing 160 was never going to be easy and a quick wicket made it look ever harder, but then a batting master class by Dave Polmear (75 no) and Ben Lloyd (57) and their 121 run partnership saw us coast in for the win in the 36th over at 2 for 160. A pleasing start to the season.
OLD SCOTCH CC 3/118 (15.3)
def. MCC 7/117 (40)
Match report coming soon...
OLD SCOTCH CC 176 (38.1)
def. by NORTHCOTE 5/230 (40)
The twos finally begun their 2021/22 campaign against Northcote, who played in Division 1 last season. Losing the toss, the boys were sent into the field on a surprisingly hot and blustery day, given the forecast that had been provided earlier in the week.
From the outset it was clear that a long off-season and limited covid training had meant there were plenty of cobwebs to blow out. Despite this, Tom Polkinghorne (2/34) and Charlie Hocking (1/32) were the shining lights with the ball in what was overall a sloppy performance in the field, allowing Northcote to cruise to a large total of 5/230.
In response, Charlie Schilling (48) and Tom Polkinghorne (28) did their best to push the total, however it was a case of too little contributors on the day, with the boys being bowled out for 176, losing comprehensively by 54 runs.
Despite the obvious disappointment, the boys were in high spirits as we have finally had a chance to get on the park and hope that some consistency follows suit.
OLD SCOTCH CC 8/131 (40)
def. MCC 123 (39.1)
Winning the toss had us batting first on what looked to be good/slow track. Their bowling was efficient and we struggled to 3 for 50 at drinks. However, a base had been set and some aggressive mid order batting allowed us to get to a slightly sub-par 8-131 at the close with Chris McKenna (VC) top scoring with 43 (off 60) and sharing a critical 59 run partnership with Paul Lund (C). Bowling them out was the clear goal and at 3 for 52 at drinks the game could go either way. But, a gusty bowling effort by all bowlers captured the remaining wickets (shared around) and we won by a handful of runs with 5 balls to spare. Fingernail biting stuff to get us 2 from 2.