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Double defeats at home

SEASON 2023-24 ROUND 07

DECEMBER 3, 2023


OLD SCOTCH 1XI 115 (23)

def. by OLD HAILEYBURIANS 4/118 (32.4)

H. Goad 30*, H. Boreham 22, W. Clark 2/13, N. Sparks 1/8

The First XI went up against a strong Old Haileyburians outfit on Sunday, in what ended out a one-sided affair. OH were well and truly on top from start to finish and were worthy winners - leaving the OSCC First XI licking their wounds and looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season.

The boys were immediately under pressure, after winning the toss and mistakenly electing to bat, losing wickets left and right and left reeling at 9-57. Hugo Boreham and Harrison Goad saved the side from complete embarrassment - showing the top order how it was done and putting together a fairly remarkable 10th wicket partnership of 58. It was a fairly abject batting performance, albeit in tough conditions, and credit again to Boreham and Goad, who showed immense character and skill.

With the ball, the boys toiled well and made it difficult for Haileybury on a flattening wicket. Nick Sparks and Will Clark were the pick of the bowlers and made it interesting for a while there, before Haileybury rallied and won the game with a fair amount of ease. A rare rough day for the OSCC First XI, and particularly the captain, and full credit to a strong and determined Old Haileyburians, who were far too good from the toss of the coin until the end.

Time to bounce back this week against Old Melburnians at home.

— Sam Shearer (1XI Captain)


OLD SCOTCH 2XI 130 (38.4)

def. by MACCABI AJAX 3/132 (34.2)

O. McLeish 28*, M. Griffiths 22, J. Stavris 2/13, C. Hocking 1/31

The twos came up against league leaders Maccabi AJAX still searching for their first win of the 2023/24 season. Winning the toss and batting first the lads started strongly with Eddie Shearer (20) and Mark Griffiths (22) racing to 42 in the first 10 overs.

Unfortunately the loss of the first wicket opened the floodgates over the next 15 overs, with the teams collapse totalling 8/25 in what was a disappointing showing. If not for a fantastic fightback from Oliver McLeish (28*) and Charlie Hocking (22) the score would have been a lot worse, with the lads posting 130 after being bowled out in the 39th over. Ollie and Charlie really showed the majority of the team how to perform under pressure and can only be commended for the way they went about it.

In reply it was going to take a monumental effort to defend a low score on what was a really good wicket. Taking the new rock, John Stavris (2/13) was electric in his first spell taking 2/9 off 5 overs, complemented well in the middle overs by the ever tight bowling of Tom Loveridge (0/16) who was unlucky not to take a wicket and have a couple of run outs to his name.

Unfortunately it was not enough however as AJAX chased the total with close to 6 wickets remaining. We are away against Caulfield next week in what is undoubtedly a must win game.

John Stavris (2XI Captain)


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