3rd XI Carlton 5/153 lost to Footscray 5/157
On a sunny Saturday morning under the guidance of Les Petsinis the thirds ventured to Tony Dodemaide to challenge Footscray. Les called corrected and advised the boys that we were having a hit. Sam Connop and Andrew Poppa opened that batting and we were quickly in trouble as Andrew didn’t trouble the scorers. Jeremy Corby came in and along with Sam steadied the ship before Sam was out for 20 with the score at 39. Jono Dean came and went with the score at 50 before Corbs who had batted well was out for 39 with the score 4/92. The boys battled on to 153 with contributions from Taylor Tatterson 29 and Gehane Seneviratne 17 before being bowled out with 2 balls left in the innings.
Our turn came with the ball and a run out from Sam Connop gave us a sniff with Footscray 1/13 but consecutive small but important partnerships saw them pass our score in the 38th over and finish 5/157. Lucien Bienvenu 2/38, Ned Hurley 1/21 and Taylor Tatterson 1/17 were the wicket takers. Taylors figures of 1/17 off 2 overs may have looked even better without the 2 no balls and 10 wides.
4th XI Carlton 5/245 lost to Footscray 5/255
After much confusion on which day the lads were playing (caused by someone who shall be unnamed although if you check the author of this you will be on the money) Skipper Matt Vine collected the gear and headed off to Glen Huntly Park.
Footscray won the toss and decided to bat first. An undermanned bowling team due to the last change of date toiled hard and we kept Footscray to 5/255 with Sammy Edwards 2/43, Harry Trenwith 2/59 and Noah Begg 1/28 the pick of the bowlers. A shoulder injury to Ryan Pearce and a finger injury to Matt Vine put us behind the eight ball before we started having a hit.
Brayden Tracey and Aftab Merchant put on an opening partnership of 47 before we lost our first wicket when Aftab was dismissed. James Pettitt then joined Brayden Tracey before Brayden was dismissed with the score on 74 for a well compiled 51 which brought Izzy Shaik to the crease. The score was pushed along to 116 before James was stumped for 37 and then with Izzy caught for 21 and the score at 4/125 the mountain that the boys needed to climb looked too high. This then brought Liam Connop and Connor Brannif together and they combined for a brilliant partnership of 107 before Liam was dismissed for 49 and the score 5/232. The skipper then joined Connor and batted valiantly before the day ended with the blues on 245. A maiden half century knock 53no by Connor a final highlight of a great chase.