Penultimate round wrap up
Date of Event : Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:23AM

The penultimate round of seniors saw the 1st XI and 2nd XI win and the 3rd go down in a strong team effort. This week's seniors wrap...

The 1st XI returned back home to take on Hawthorn with a win needed to strengthen their top 2 spot. Winning the toss skipper Rees Thomas sent Hawthorn into bat. The bowlers responded rolling Hawthorn for 78. Pick off the bowlers was Ian "Wombat" Ware who wound back the clock taking 5/17. In his 1st XI debut Samuel Nikcevich didnt disappoint continuing his good form with the ball taking 3/11 and the skipper took 2/16. Chasing a low total with plenty of time it was a chance for our batsmen to get some time in the middle. In a team score of 9/177 (dec) the main contributors were Michael Hancock with 45 and Jack Conroy with 44. Leading by 99 we sent Hawthorn back in and attempted an outright. In their second innings Hawthorn were 2 wickets down. 

The 2nd XI travelled to East Malvern. The side had 3 father-sons. After finally winning the toss for the first time in 9 matches skipper James Dobeli decided to bat. At the top of the order super sub Tim Bourbon would go on to post the 3rd highest individual score by a Mazenod batsmen posting 214. He was well supported by his skipper who made 98 in a partnership of 271. Rounding off the innings Josh Jonty Rhodes Cowan made a quick fire 61 and was well supported by Balpreet with 45*. The team posting 5/447. Day 2 saw the 2s have East Malvern 5/58 at drinks and an outright was on the cards. To East Malverns credit they wanted us to fight hard and they ended up 9/176 and batted out the day. 

The 3rd travelled to Trinity Willison a week after the miracle on synthetic. Bowling first Benji Cunningham and skipper Rahul Sharma bowled the first spell to drinks as they kept Trinity to 1/28 off 20. It looked a good decision to bowl first at 6/160. Trinity had a surprise up their sleeve at number 8 who came out and smacked the ball around the small oval. They ended up with 296 with Benji taking 4 off his 21 overs and Matthew Czarnota-Bojarski taking 2. The 3rd XI started slowly being 1/0 off 2 overs before Luke Byrnes and Shane Fernandes put on 86 runs and at drinks Trinity were looking around and wondering what was happening. As often happens the drinks break brought a break through with Byrnesy out for 59 and Shane out for 47. Once again James Mather was tasked with getting the team across the line and he made 62. In the 67th over they finally were all out for 250.

The final round of the H&A season sees the chance for the 1st XI to secure a home final, the 2nd XI play in a winner advances to the semi final clash and the 3rd XI will look to finish their season on a high.

Last updated: Monday February 19, 2018 8:29AM