ROUND 11 – PRAHRAN v CARLTON 1st XIPrahran won the toss and decided to take the field. Stepien got off to a solid start smashing two sixes and three boundaries before he was run out for 33 off 32 balls. Gulbis too seemed set at the wicket before he got stumped on 34. With the score evenly poised at 2/88, HJ Smyth steadied the ship and set up a series of meaningful partnerships with the middle and tail end batsmen before he departed for a match-defining knock of 84. Carlton finished with 9/241 (50). Prahran got off to a promising start with they’re opening pair putting up a 66 run partnership. Just when it seemed like Prahran were running away with the game, Gulbis struck thrice in quick succession to send their top order batsmen to the pavilion with the score at 3/79. It was always going to be a tough task from that point on for Prahran. With some tight and economical bowling from Smillie (1/26 off 7 overs), TJ Smyth (0/29 off 10 overs) and Ross (2/26 off 5 overs), the Blues won the match by 34 runs. HJ Smyth (84) and Gulbis (4/36) ensured that we outplayed Prahran in both, the batting and bowling departments respectively. 2nd XICarlton won the toss decided to take the field. Gilbert and Tatterson struck early on in the innings to send Prahran’s opening pair back to the pavilion with the score at 2/34. Culvenor piled on the misery on their batsmen with an impressive bowling spell in which he claimed 3/44 (10). Despite having cleared up the top order batsmen with the score at 6/146, brave display by their tail-enders saw them muster up a competitive total of 7/209 (50). Prahran continued their fine momentum with the ball as well and had the Blues pinned at 5/73. However, Cummane (52) and Petsinis (38) played crucial knocks and raised a much-needed 67 run partnership to put up a contest on our hands with the score at 5/140. With two set batsmen at the crease, 5 wickets in hand and 70 runs to win, the match could have gone either way. Unfortunately, losing Petsinis and Cummane in quick succession with 140 on board saw the Blues eventually succumb to a modest total of 154 all out. 3rd XIPrahran won the toss and decided to take the field. Woodman (31), Tracey (27) and Line (22) all good off to good starts but were unable to convert their double figures into half centuries. Vine played a critical unbeaten knock of 32* despite wickets falling around him at consistent intervals. Carlton set a target of 151 for Prahran to chase in 45 overs. The Blues struck early thanks to Marchant (2/27 off 8 overs), signalling a statement of intent of defending their modest total on board. O’Brien (2/23), Milne (2/39) and Hurley (1/26) put on an impressive display of bowling which saw Prahran struggle at 7/116. However, a crucial partnership of 28 between Prahran’s tail-enders saw them crawl their way back into the game with 7/144 on board. With 7 runs to win and three wickets in hand, Ibrahim (3/32) rose to the occasion and produced a match-winning spell when it mattered most by cleaning up their tail-end with 149 on board. The Blues won by 1 run! Full credit to the team and Carlton’s bowlers for showing nerves of steel and successfully defending a modest total of 150. 4th XIPrahran won the toss and decided to field first. A decision which they might have gone on to regret as Carruthers (43) and O’Shea (67) made batting look easy and helped Carlton put up a total of 6/178 (45). O’Shea decided to inflict further wrath on the opposition by claiming a five-wicket haul, finishing with figures of 5/17 (8) which saw Prahran all out for 127. An exceptional all-round performance from JC O’Shea saw the Blues claim this victory with ease.
Author: Ujwal Trivedi