1stXI: The firsts were back at Princes Park for round 3, taking on a strong Geelong Cricket Club outfit featuring the likes of BBL wicket-keeper and big-hitter Tim Ludeman. The Blues won the toss and sent Geelong to bat first. An early run out from Xavier Crone saw Carlton on-top early before Ludeman got his side going. He made 86 before Crone sent him back to the pavilion with a spooned shot straight to the hands of Tom Smyth. An Eamonn Vines century extended Geelong innings total, but some late wickets for Charlie Ross saw Geelong finish 6/261, with Ross finishing with figures of 2/46 and a run out, Crone also finishing 2 fa with a run out. Captain Evan Gulbis fired early with the bat, but was dismissed for 31. Donovan Pell and Harry Smyth both made contributions with the bat, making 35 and 45 respectively before their dismissals. A middle order batting collapse saw the blues in real trouble, heading into the last overs at 7/166, needing 94 runs for Victory. However Nick Ross dug deep, delivering a gutsy 63, while Xavier Crone was able to step-up with the bat. X had the x-factor hitting a massive 5 sixes and making a match-winning 53 runs of just 27 balls. Carlton took the win by two wickets in a thriller.
2ndXI: The seconds hit the road, apparently by bike as well as car, to Geelong and won the toss sending the Cats in to bat. Geelong got off to a strong start, playing themselves to 2/118 before Matty Wilson claimed two big scalps in succession. After riding his bike to the game in what we thing is a Victoria Premier Cricket first, Matty Culvenor continued his early season form, ripping through Geelong's middle order taking 5/33 off 10 overs. The Cats were rocked, and found themselves all out for 162. Dan Gilbert played some good strokes before being dismissed for 30, however Matt Wilson showed how good he was with bat or ball, top-scoring for the day with 67* as Carlton ran away with the victory by six wickets.
3rdXI: The thirds were Carlton only blemish for the day, opening the batting and finding it hard to get the runs to tick over. Early dismissals to openers Sam Connop and Brayden Tracey troubled the Blues before losing Cummane, Pettit, Mattsson and Line all for scores under 20. This went from bad to worse as Geelong's bowling continued to get the batter of our batsman. Jeremy Corby was the only Blue to register a score above 20, with Carlton bowled all out for just 79. Geelong made light work of the run chase as Carlton were unable to register a wicket in the chase.
4thXI: The fourths were the third team to send Geelong out to bat first, which saw it to be a winning formula. An early partnership was broken by Tom O'Brien, and consistent bowling from the Blues then made it tough for the Cats to get a good partnership going. O'Brien, O'Keefe and Sam Edwards each took 2 wickets, with all six of Carlton's bowlers taking a wicket. This consistency saw Geelong all out for 148. Matty Vine and Aftab Merchant opened strongly, partnering for 84 before both batsmen were dismissed in succession. Ryan O'Keefe and the returning Sam Beer made light work of the rest of the run chase as Carlton took their third victory of the day by seven wickets.
Author: Brodie Hoyne