SEASON 2022-23 ROUND 12
FEBRUARY 5, 2023
OLD SCOTCH CC 151 (37)
def. by OLD XAVERIANS 6/204 (40)
C Hemp 42, H Goad 3/43
Match report coming soon...
— Sam Shearer (1XI Captain)
OLD SCOTCH CC 171 (38)
def. by SOUTH CAULFIELD 5/186 (40)
H Longbottom 46 & 2/34, N Buckley 43
It was a beautiful Sunday down at Scotch, as the boys set out to play nemesis South Caulfield at the scene of an infamous encounter last season. Captain Oliver McLeish (stepping in for John Stavris) lost the toss and we went out to field. We started well with the ball, despite our only breakthrough at drinks being a stunning one-handed caught and bowled from Nick “Buck Hunter” Buckley (1/20). We were restricting South Caulfield’s scoring and a number of chances were flying at catching height through the ring. After drinks, South Caulfield looked to press on but wickets to Hugh Longbottom (2/34) and Halse (1/11) kept them relatively subdued, with some smart catching from McLeish and Griffiths. However, with 70 runs from their last 5 overs, South Caulfield surged to a very respectable 5/186.
The start of our chase can only be described as abysmal, with only one batsman in the top 6 getting above 4, as we crumbled to 5/23. Credit has to go to the rest of the order who applied themselves terrifically, with Longbottom and Halse putting on 59 (of which Longbottom made 46), to get us back in the game. Continued intent from Halse and Buckley got us to within a chance of winning, and with 6 overs to go we needed 36 runs with 2 wickets in hand. However, a couple of late wickets cruelled our chances of a miraculous win, as Buckley was run out for 43 in the penultimate over. Overall, a terrific bowling and fielding performance against the standard setting batting side in the comp. Unfortunately we left too much to the lower order with the bat, but the fight of the side was remarkable and we certainly could have won the game. Onto a crucial game against Wesley next week, with John Stavris taking the reigns back.
— Oliver McLeish (2XI Stand-In Captain)