1stXI: The firsts lost the toss and were sent in to bat against Dandenong at Shepley Oval. The Blues piled on runs quickly from the start before losing captain Evan Gulbis for 18. Donovan Pell soon followed for 19 Before Tom Smyth and Mackenzie Harvey both were pointed back to the sheds for small totals. Harry Smyth played admirably throughout, making 44, however things just couldn't seem to get clicking for Carlton with the bat as the wickets kept falling. Brayden Stepien made a late cameo as top-scored for the blues with 45, edging the total past 200. Carlton were then bowled all out and Dandenong were chasing 202 for victory. Unfortunately it was tough going with the ball as well. Dandenong were 0/36 before Tom Smyth struck with two quick wickets to change the scoreline to 2/41, with control of the game on the verge of changing hands. However a Lincoln Edwards century for Dandenong was enough for the Panthers to chase down the total and take the points with a 7-wicket victory.
2ndXI: A delay saw the game shortened to 48 overs, with Carlton opening the batting. Gehan Seneviratne looked to be in good touch before being trapped LBW for 9, so to Taylor Tatterson who went for 27. Matt Wilson made a solid contribution with 25, however Dan Gilbert couldn't continue his good form from the week prior as he was dismissed for a duck. With Carlton 6/123, the momentum needed to change in the blues favour. Up-stepped Matty Culvenor who smashed a rapid 34* of 27 balls to send Carlton past 200 for an end of innings total of 8/203. Once again it was tough going with the ball as Dandenong made an opening stand of 83 before a Dan Gilbert run-out. However, Carlton were unable to open the gates. A strong second wicket partnership from the Panthers saw them at 2/148 and closing in on victory. A Taylor Tatterson run out was not enough to stem the flow of runs as Dandenong chased the total, winning by seven wickets.
3rdXI: The thirds opened the batting and were off to a flyer with a 79-run opening partnership by Sam Connop and Brayden Tracey. Two quick wickets for Dandenong saw the blues at 2/81 as the momentum changed hands. Tracey went on to make 65, while Jack Mattsson and Tim Line each contributed with 24 and 35 respectively sending the innings total to 5/195. An early wicket from Lucien Bienvenu had Carlton in control early, but another strong second-wicket, 130 run partnership from Dandenong put them in box-seat. Dandenong continued their winning ways and took this one by six wickets.
4thXI; The fourths were Carlton's shining light for the day, sending Dandenong in to bat first. Ryan Pearce bowled brilliantly early, taking two important wickets. Jayden Carruthers struck soon after to see Dandenong at 3/22. Carruthers sent another Panther to the sheds to have Carlton well in control. Tom Chalkley bowled out the middle overs superbly, taking 3/29, limiting Dandenong to 9/175. Aftab Merchant and Matty Vine had an 80-run opening stand before Vine was dismissed for 34. But, the runs kept coming for Carlton with Jonno Dean and Merchant collaborating to chase down the total, Merchant finishing 74 no and Carlton winning by nine wickets.
Author: Brodie Hoyne