1st XI Carlton won the toss and decided to take the field. A wise decision indeed considering our bowlers put on a fantastic performance restricting Melbourne to a poultry score of 91. Smillie and Crone ran the top order batsmen rugged by claiming three wickets apiece. Crone seemed unplayable on the day who finished with 3/13 in his 4 overs. Gulbis chipped in with a fine bowling performance as well claiming 2 wickets in his spell of 4 overs. Our batsmen were never under pressure in chasing a target of 92 at less than 5 runs an over. Gulbis and Stepien did well to put on a 50 run partnership for the first wicket until Stepien was bowled for 42 runs off just 21 deliveries. He got us off to a flyer with three boundaries and four sixes to his credit. Although we lost Gulbis, our second wicket with the score at 80, our batsmen weren’t really tested and we comfortably wrapped up the innings with TJ Smyth (19*) and NJ Ross (5*) at the crease with 2/94 of 11.3 overs. We outplayed our opponents in every department of the game and won comprehensively by 8 wickets and 8 overs to spare! 2nd XI Melbourne won the toss and decided to bat first. They did not get off to a good start considering Bienvenu (3/21) and Culvenor (2/16) spiked through their top order with impressive and economical bowling performances reducing them to 5/88. Carlton continued to pick up wickets at regular intervals thanks to some tight fielding resulting in two runouts and compact wicket to wicket bowling by Wilson (2/19). With a target of 123 to chase, we were set up for a fine game of cricket. Although we got off to a poor start by losing Pell with 9 on board, Matthews and Cummane set up a solid 58 run partnership until Matthews was sent back to the pavilion for a well-played 33 of 41 deliveries with three boundaries and a six to his credit. Unfortunately, we lost Cummane, who was well set on 27 of 28, shortly after with the score at 3/75. Whilst we should have coasted home with 48 runs to chase and 7 wickets in hand, some tight bowling with grit and determination from the opposition saw us lose wickets in quick succession and we ended up with 6/111 of 20 overs, thus losing by 12 runs. A special mention to JB Pettitt who battled against the odds and put in a brave performance for his unbeaten 22 of 17 deliveries which nearly saw us through. 3rd XI The Blues won the toss and decided to bat first. We got off to a flyer with our opening pair of Tracey (45 of 31) and Woodman (72 of 53) putting on a partnership of 80 runs at an incredible run rate of nearly ten an over! Tracey was unlucky in running himself out on 45 as he really deserved his half-century. Woodman, on the contrary, converted his good start into a well-deserved half-century and eventually finished with 72 runs to his tally. An unbeaten 33 of 25 deliveries by TJ Line saw the blues put on a mammoth total of 3/177 (20), a total which proved to be too good for the opposition to chase down. 4th XI Melbourne won the toss and decided to bat first. They got off to a smooth start with the opening pair putting on a partnership of 43. However, a fine bowling performance by Vine (2/28) and Milne (1/12) coupled with an outstanding display in the field (4 runouts) saw us claw our way back into the game restricting Melbourne to 7/112 (20). We got off to a poor start and kept losing wickets at regular intervals with four of our top order batsmen finishing with single digits to their names! Thanks to Dwyer (21), Walker (16) and Connop (14*), we were treated to a nail-biting finish which saw the blues eventually score 8 runs in the final over to win the game.
Author: Ujwal Trivedi