Match Reports Week 6
Date of Event : Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:52AM

Match Reports

1's Even the Score With North Balwyn

MCA A Reserve
Burnley 1/111 def North Balwyn 110
B. Mantripragada 66 n.o, C. Dodsworth-Wright 3/18
Score Card Here

A week is a long time in cricket. The 1's certainly turned their game around this week with a huge nine wicket win over North Balwyn.

After winning the toss Bala boldly chose to bowl first on a good deck but had a plan in mind. Fast forward a few overs with North Balwyn reeling at 4/27 it looked like it may have been the right move. 

Peter Gaitskell (3/27) clearly benefited from his run in the 2's the day before and took the first 3 wickets of the match. Harnek "Honey" Singh (1/8) was fantastic once again this week, going for less than a run an over he frustrated the hell out of the North Balwyn batsmen. 

Craig Dodsworth-Wright (3/18) was sensational on Sunday. The underrated all rounder has been held back in the lower grades for the last couple of years but is really starting to show everyone that he can cut it in the higher grades. Well done Dodsy! Keep going mate!

VJ Sharma (2/12) and the returning Adam Glover (1/11) also picked up a couple of handy wickets while Sri Kovelakonda (0/21) kept the run rate down in his 6 over spell.

North Balwyn could only manufacture 110, a total that should be a walk in the park on a good wicket.

Our boys didn't miss the chance for a big win this week. Despite losing Steve MacLean (5) early we reeled the runs in with ease. Bala (66 n.o) was senastional and was well supported by the in form Mark Irving who also finished not out on 27.

A fantastic turn around for the 1's this week and this should hopefully fill them with the confidence they need to bring down some big teams in the coming weeks. 

Well done guys!


Positive Signs for 2's
MCA B Grade
Burnley 6/145 def by National 7/229
S. Goud 51, J. Passante 2/15
Full Score Card Here
Although the 2's were beaten comfortably on Saturday they were far from disgraced.

Undefeated Nationals batted first on a cracking Cordner Oval wicket and managed to notch up an impressive 229. To our bowlers credit they all bowled quite well. 

Peter Gaitskell was a very late inclusion into the team and as he was doubling up in the 1's on Sunday, needed to play as a restricted player so he was limited to 4 overs with the ball. Peter made the most of his 4 overs and managed to take the opening wicket. 

Sean Leydon (0-25) bowled 9 overs straight and kept things tight at the start of the innings. 

Nationals got away from us a little bit in the middle overs before Daniel Passante knocked over the middle stump to claim our second wicket. Soon after Daniel struck again and gave debutant keeper Jason Webb his first catch for Burnley.

Nationals responded once again and luck was starting to run their way. 

Skipper Jarrod Vardy (2-54) and Vinay Bandaru (0-33) both bowled their hearts out and leg spinning sensation Josh Passante (2/15) managed to pick up another couple of wickets before Nationals innings came to a close at 7/229. 

Given the 2's recent batting performances 229 looked out of the question but we got off to a cracking start with second gamer Sai Goud and Daniel Passante taking it right up to the opening bowlers. Daniel was eventually dismissed for 17 but Sai was still going strong. 

Just before the drinks break we were actually ahead of where Nationals were at the same time so we weren't writing ourselves off just yet. 

Peter Gaitskell played a great knock of 25 before he was forced to retire not out as per restricted player rules.

We then lost our way a bit after Rob Passante and Jarrod Vardy were both cheaply dismissed in quick fashion. Sai tried his best to get things going again but eventually fell for an excellent 51. 

With the likelihood of a win slipping away with every passing ball the remaining batsmen used the overs as batting practice. Sean Leydon (24 n.o) played a handy knock while Pat Sellars (12) played a couple of cracking shots to the boundary. We eventually finished our overs at 6/145. 

A much better effort from the 2's this week. If we can play like this against the lower sides we can definitely pick up a couple of wins before Christmas. 
Batting Collapse Costs 3's
MCA D Grade
Burnley 104 def by Sacred Heart 6/114
A. Mariadason 35, A. Singh 2/14
Full Score Card Here

The 3's had an interesting Saturday at Fawkner Park.

Batting first we lost key wickets Roland Fuhrmann (10) and the skipper Jeremy King (0) very early and were immediately on the back foot. Luckily we recovered thanks to a great partnership from Anthony Mariadason (35) and the returning Sanjeev Alfred (32). 

After that it was all down hill. Our boys went from 4/92 to 10/104. A monumental batting collapse which saw Sacred Heart's Glenn Maynard take a hat trick. 

Our bowlers fought gallantly and Sacred Heart didn't get off lightly, but with just 104 on the board we were never going to be in a great position. Eventually they passed our total 6 wickets down.

Teenager Atmaj Singh (2-14) and Dinesh Kondala (2-31) were the pick of the bowlers and were well supported by Tim "Big Show" Williams (1-9) and Charles Cabucos (1-10) who managed to take his first wicket for the club. 

The 4's have a huge clash next week against Barnawartha. The Barnies could turn up with anything and Jeremy's boys will need to stop their run of batting collapses if they are to get a win on the board before Christmas. You can do it Burners!

Last updated: Friday January 11, 2019 9:56AM
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