1stXI: The Blues grabbed their first win of the season with a comprehensive 6-wicket victory over St Kilda at Princess Park. The Saints were all out for just 148, with Carlton withstanding an early collapse to chase down the total, finishing 4/151. Debutants Mackenzie Harvey and Charlie Ross made the most of their selection with Harvey scoring 52 runs and finishing with figures of 1/21, while Ross took 2/24 including the crucial wicket of St Kilda captain and former Australian opener Rob Quiney. Tom Smyth had the best of both worlds for Carlton as he took 3/24 with some sharp off-spin. He then steadied the ship with the bat after Carlton’s poor start making 73* off 83 balls to be the Blues top scorer and leading wicket taker.
2ndXI: A tough break for the seconds going down by just two wickets. Carlton made 8/179 from their innings with gallant batting displays from Dan Gilbert and Matt Wilson who made 56 and 41 respectively. Young Jack Bouwmeester, Kav Thavarajah and Mathew Culvenor each took 2 wickets; however, it wasn’t enough to stop the Saints who chased down the total with 9 balls to spare.
3rdXI: The thirds came firing out of the gate when they opened the bowling, taking 6 early wickets for just 27 runs. The bowling attack, led by Nick Herbert and Lucien Bienvenu, had St Kilda well and truly on the ropes. The Saints however battened down the hatches and stopped the oncoming onslaught, ending their innings at an admirable 9/220 as Herbert finished with figures of 3/42. Openers Sam Connop and Brayden Tracey got the ball rolling with the bat with a 94-run partnership before Tracey was dismissed for an agonising 49. James Cummane and Brad Jones each contributed with the bat, making 31 and 32 respectively before a batting collapse saw Carlton all out for 206, 15 runs shy of the win with just 5 balls remaining in a nail-biter.
4thXI: The fourths didn’t get off to the best start this season as they found themselves struggling to score on what was a tough batting pitch at IW Johnson Oval. Liam Connop top-scored for the blues with 26, with the young side ending the innings at 8/118. Quality bowling from Jacob Carruthers, who took 3/23, was not enough to halt St Kilda efforts, managing to chase down the target in 37 overs, winning by 5 wickets.
Author: Brodie Hoyne