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DIVISION ONE, ROUND 6, 2020-21 SEAON
OLD SCOTCH (189)
def. SOUTH CAULFIELD CC (89)
Round 6 of the season saw the First XI tackle new members of the competition South Caulfield CC for the first time on a stinking hot day on the Meares, with temperatures hovering just under the 40 degree mark. With many of the boys away for the long weekend the side had a fairly different complexion from the week before, with a number of exciting debutants in and keen to surround themselves in the excitement.
After winning the toss, Sam Shearer had no hesitation in electing to bat and look to put the pressure on SCCC with an imposing total. Young debutant Henry Gray was unfortunately dismissed in the first over, with S Shearer joining Cam Hemp at the crease, and the pair rollicking along and advancing the score to 1/55 off just 5 overs. Hemp departed after a very brisk 28 and promoted Will Clark followed soon after to have the boys under a bit of pressure 3 down in the first 10 overs. After an erratic start South Caulfield managed to find a bit of control on another very difficult Meares batting surface and tighten the screws a bit, with Nick Shearer joining Sam and managing to advance the score to 120 with a 60 run stand.
Nick departed for a gritty 25 and wickets then fell at a semi-regular rate, with Sam departing for 60 looking to advance the scoring rate. After a bit of a struggle through the middle overs on the tough batting wicket, debutants James Gray and Hugh McLeish shared a fantastic and aggressive 50 run stand to advance the score to just shy of 190, which looked a great effort considering the conditions. Both J Gray and McLeish made fantastic contributions in the 20s and helped carry OSCC into the bowling innings with momentum firmly on-side.
Clark and S Shearer had the shackles on early with the new ball, with South Caulfield struggling along at around 2 an over and quickly seeing the required rate jump up above a run a ball. Clark made the early breakthrough and was followed by returning youngster James Parsons, who delivered a fiery and aggressive spell to claim 3/9 off 4 overs and break the game right open.
From there the boys were well on top and eyeing off a bonus point from a fair way out, needing to keep SC to under 94 to claim the extra reward. Wickets fell at regular intervals and were shared between J Gray and Bonwick, before Clark resumed to pad the stats and mop up the tail to deliver a thoroughly deserved bonus point win.
It was a great performance by the guys in difficult conditions and a very tricky cricket wicket, leaving OSCC in sole first position on the competition ladder leading into a large game against rivals Old Melburnians next week at home on Sunday. Would love to see you down there!
DIVISION TWO, ROUND 6, 2020-21 SEAON
OLD SCOTCH (7/182)
def. MELBOURNE CRICKET CLUB (135)
Round 6 saw OSCC 2XI take on MCC. Stav won the toss and elected to bat which proved to be a dubious decision early as 3 early wickets left us reeling with the score on only 19. Despite the early trouble, Mark Griffiths (19) and a superb Hayden Tilbrook (70) rallied to have the scoreboard ticking along nicely. Oliver McLeish (39) did the damage late in the innings with a couple of late cameos to have the boys post a reasonably impressive total of 7/182 after 40 overs.
MCC’s batting innings started positively with a few early boundaries and some help from the extras column, before the boys put the clamps on. In what were their best performances of the season with the ball, Will Meggitt (4/14 off 8) and John Stavris (3/4 off 5) tore apart the MCC team to have them all out for 135 after 39.5 overs.
The boys gained plenty of confidence from the victory and look forward to a challenging game against Old Carey this Saturday.