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DIVISION ONE, ROUND 3, 2020-21 SEAON
OLD SCOTCH CC (7/129)
def. OLD TRINITY CC (127)
Round 2 took us out to Bulleen as we faced Old Trinity in what looked to be yet another epic matchup against an old foe. For what felt like a first time in a while, we lost the toss and were sent into the field.
This week saw the return of the GOAT Gary Bennett, Trinity had been his bunnies in the past and with the new ball, he proved why with a captivating 8 over spell of bowling claiming 1/11 including the big wicket of Cowley. Another early wicket fell after a comical piece of running between the wickets led to an easy run out and left trinity at 2/9. However, a good 3rd wicket partnership brought the game back to a level playing field at 2/68. On came our skipper Sam Shearer and yet again he delivered the big wicket of Nicolosi for 35. The game went back and forth with some good batting and good bowling left Trinity at 5/125 with 4 overs to go. Will Bonwick bowled a terrific spell of bowling claiming 2/24 from his 8 straight overs. At 5/125 Trinity looked to go big off their last 4 overs however some reckless stroke play led to some easy cheap wickets for Clark (3 wickets) and Shearer (2 wickets) with Scotch dismissing Trinity for just 128 as the last 5 wickets fell for just 3 runs.
Although 128 may not seem like a huge total, a tough batting deck and a veteran bowling line up would make it no easy task to chase down. Trinity got off to the fast start they were looking for dismissing both our opening batsmen early and had us battling at 2/9. A good fight back partnership of 32 between the Shearer cousins got us back on track until Nick fell for 18. In came Clark to join Sam Shearer and the two of them put together a classy 46 run partnership and looked to have the game in their hands until Sam got a ball that didn’t bounce and was castled for a gutsy 21. With just 40 runs to go Trinity had to look to attack with some aggressive fields and some good bowling and this made for some tough batting for Clark and Whitelaw. The pair proceeded to put on another 18 runs before Whitelaw was dismissed for 7. Clark was joined by Hocking as they looked to finish the game off, that was until some silly running left Clark(38) stranded 11 runs short of victory. Hocking was also soon dismissed after dispatching a boundary. This left the cool and calm Bennett brothers out in the middle to steer us home to victory.
Another gutsy Victory for Scotch leaves us top of the table going into the Christmas break and sets us up for a big second half of the season.
DIVISION TWO, ROUND 3, 2020-21 SEAON
OLD SCOTCH CC (5/246)
def. CAULFIELD GRAMMARIANS/NCG (199)
in the last week of games before Christmas, the 2XI faced off in a return fixture against Old Caulfield on our home turf, the Meares oval. A soft, grassy wicket looked ominous when the covers were pulled away, however knowing the general nature of a Meares wicket, we had no issue in batting first when winning the toss.
This appeared to be a great decision as a supreme opening partnership between Mitch Sennit and Charlie Schilling put us into the prime position early on in the game. The boys were especially excited to see Schillo bring up his maiden half century for the club, ever the clubman, Schillo has put in heaps of work over the last few years and it was great to see him get rewarded.
When Sennit fell in the 26th over the score was 1/132 with the boys looking to capitalize on the strong start. Nick Sparks came to the crease and made a quick fire 47, which included plenty of big hitting. The innings was rounded out with strong cameo performances by Tom Edney (19), Riley Tilbrook (13*) and Fraser Sutherland (15) to get us to 5/246 after the 40 including a massive six over long offs head from Frase.
With a big total on the board the boys were confident they had enough runs on the board to put themselves in the box seat, however were wary of Caulfield's strong batting line up.
The innings started sprightly with Nick Sparks (3/31) and Ryan Higgins (3/40) doing the damage to have Caulfield 5/94 at the drinks break. With roughly 150 for victory and only 5 wickets in hand, we looked certain to take the 4 points this time around. Despite this, Caulfield battled on strongly with their opening batsman finishing with 109 before finally losing his wicket late in the game. The fellas rounded out the Caulfield innings to have them all out for 199 in 38.4 overs. The 2 and 1 start heading into the Christmas break has put us in a great position to push towards another finals series!