Consecutive losses for both the 1st XI & 2nd XI is not what we are used to at the mighty Oaks, and we will need the bounce back this week against a dangerous Moorabbin. The 3s and 4s both had wins - the 4s keeping their finals hopes alive.
The 1st XI and 3rd XI have now formally qualified for finals, and we are still a very strong chance of having all 4 teams qualify which would be an enormous effort given our lack of continuity with players this year.
1s 7-208 Sam 71 Pearso 60 lost to Werribee 6-209
This was a battle for 2nd spot which we lost, albeit playing pretty decent cricket against a good side on their turf. Our 208 was good but a middle order collapse from 2-162 stunted our innings, which could have been 225-235. Still 208 was strong, Sam’s blistering 71 a delight and Pearson’s 60 his 5th 50+ score in an excellent year. We were on top at drinks with Werribee 3-79, but could not move their #5 who batted beautifully for a run a ball 70 to get them home. The 1s must now win their last 2 to ensure a home final
2s 5-167 Gareth 58 Rob 41* lost to Werribee 3-168
The 2s also lowered their colours to top of the table Werribee in a high quality match at Warrawee. We won the toss and batted and with Gareth in good form at #3 always threatened a solid score. The skipper added a tidy 41* as we totalled a decent 167, DK with a power loaded 15 from just 5 balls at the end. Werribee’s reply was clinical, rushing to 30 in 4 overs to take the heat out of the chase. We could make no incisions on their batting lineup and Werribee cruised to victory. The bar has been set in the 2s and our boys have now seen it.
3s 1-90 (Wil 35 Singh 29*) def Malvern 10-88 Salmon 3fa
The 3s cruised to the easiest of wins on the back of a dominant bowling display, Malvern batting 41 overs for just 88. The two Max’s and they skipper took 2 poles each while fish took the honours with 3-20. We are short work of the chase, losing just Wil for 35 as we won in 18 overs. Very good stuff from the 3s
4s 8-137 (Crofty 33*) def Malvern 9-133
This was a feel-good story for the 4s, winning with a very young team and a parachute-in, first-game-for-the-year skipper. Experienced skipper Shieldsy was side-lined with a hammy while covid struck down the obvious replacement in Chapps. So Crofty was contacted via the emergency hotline(busy in recent weeks) and agreed to fill in. The young team performed admirably in the field, reducing Malvern to 9-116 at the start of the last over. A missed runout proved costly as Malvern proceeded to belt 17 from the last over to get to a competitive 9-133. We moved steadily to 4-68 but still needed 67 from the last 16 overs. Elevating himself to #6 Crofty played the captains knock to perfection. With that equation at 44 off 48 balls he launched a big six then and when joined by Rayaan(9) at 7-100, they put on 24 to get close. Rayaan fell but Joel Iverson (3*) executed a lovely cut shot for 2 first ball and it was down to 8 needed. A few quick singles later and Crofty launched. 4 down the ground to win it. A fairytale return secured Trent a much needed win and sets his 4s up for a virtual elimination final against EndH next week