SLATTERY & ACQUROFF WEEKLY WRAP Rnd 1
Not quite the start we wanted
By Steven Lustig
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Monash Tigers showed some promising signs but were ultimately outclassed by a formidable Melbourne outfit, eventually going down by 8 wickets in the opening match of the 2015/2016 season.
The 2nd XI suffered a similar fate, while there were promising signs in the lower elevens with the 3rds, 4ths and 5ths all recording convincing victories.
Having won the toss at The Albert Ground, skipper Alan Wise elected to bat, looking to capitalise on the warm conditions. However, this decision soon backfired, as opener Will Sheridan was ran out in the 2nd over without troubling the score.
Dan Sartori (9) then combined with Jack Harper (9*) to set about consolidating the top order, until Harperâ€™s innings ended prematurely, unfortunately suffering a dislocated shoulder while turning for a run. Harper left the field and took no further part in the match, with the injury set to keep him on the sideline for several weeks.
When Sartori fell, the score was effectively 3-28, and young batsman Sam Kerber (pictured) was given a chance up the order to combine with the experienced Sam Taylor, in setting about getting the innings back on track.
The pair put on 144 for the 3rd wicket, with Taylor eventually falling for 74 following a clever innings. Debutant Jackson Waters joined Kerber at the crease but was unable to keep up the momentum with the Tigers.
A string of late wickets in an attempt to lift the run rate ensured that the side was unable to take advantage of their control of the middle overs, finishing on 8-216 from their allotted overs, with Kerber compiling an impressive 96 not out.
Despite some tight opening bowling from Wise (0-23) and Matt Shimell (0-28), the Melbourne openers saw off the new ball and put on a 133 run opening stand to put to bed any chance of a Tigers victory. Kerber continued his outstanding start to the season picking up two wickets to finish with figures of 2-51, but ultimately the Melbourne outfit cruised in their chase to reach the target with 5 overs to spare.
Coach Shannon Young believed that the target set was always going to be â€œ20-30 runs shortâ€ of what was required, and that the club has the depth to cover the injuries of Harper and bowling all-rounder Marcus Berryman, who suffered a side muscle injury.
2nd XI captain Matt Mulcahy won the toss and elected to bowl at Central Reserve, on a pitch that he believed was â€œtacky and would do things earlyâ€. This decision was proven to be a successful one, as openers Brendan Adams (3-40) and debutant Ben Earney (2-37) bowled with serious pace to leave the away side reeling at 3-20.
However, a lack of intensity and some poor fielding allowed Melbourne to work their way back into the match, and despite some tight bowling from Ben Durrant (1-30), the away side finished on 7-202 and took all of the momentum into the 2nd innings.
3 early wickets meant that the pressure was always going to be on in the chase, and when Andrew Chalkley (20) and Dominic Matarazzo (20) fell in the same over, the rest of the batting fell away quickly, with the side being skittled for 87.
An all-round performance from 3rd XI captain Mick McKenna, playing his 150th game for the club, was the catalyst for an impressive 29 run victory for the side.
Batting first, debutants Tim Goodman (22) and 14-year-old Triyan De Silva (47 and pictured) laid the foundations for the innings, with McKenna (39 not out) helping push the end score up to 193.
Two more debutants in Sam Mills (2-12) and Krishna Padmanabhan (1-30) combined with McKenna (2-18) as well as a brilliant fielding display which saw 4 run outs, to ensure that the side kicked off their campaign in style.
The 4th XI dominated from the outset to cruise to a 5 wicket victory. Having sent Melbourne in to bat, Brett Holst (3-13) and Kirk Dickson (4-30) did the damage with the ball to roll them for 119.
James Watson (58) set the tone for the chase, while Andrew Humphries (19) and Aaron Cross (25 not out) helped see the side over the line with over 25 overs to spare.
The 5th XI, competing in the Mercantile Cricket Association Sunday A grade competition, picked up the victory over Clayton District. Aaron Fernando and Cameron Vos both compiled smart innings on a difficult pitch to help set up a score of 156 from the sideâ€™s allotted 45 overs.
A team effort with the ball, in which no bowler bowled more than 5 overs yet all restricted the scoring rate of the opposition, resulted in an opening round win.
This Saturday, we take on Melbourne Uni, with the 1st XI playing at University Main Oval and on Sunday in back to back one-day games we take on Fitzroy Doncaster at Central Reserve.
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