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!
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!