Despite a masterful home tea once again, on the field it was a mixed round for Wanneroo this week, with victory going to the 3s, 4s, 17s and 14s. The Ones put up a brave chase but ultimately fell short, the Twos dominated day 2 to only lose on first innings, the human plank Jacob Bonner set a personal best with the blade to lead the Threes and the two Jacks came together to carry the Fours.
Melville 274 (Millar 3/52, Eaton 2/18, K Smith 2/35, Billington 2/73) def. WDCC 259 (Del Borrello 63, Richards 57*, Henry 28)
The Roos lost the toss at Thompkins and were required to field. Getting off to a good start, Melville were 2-28 with Caiden Eaton picking up both opening wickets, backing up his recent “how good am I?” attitude change. Unfortunately for the Roos, the wickets halted, with the pitch flattening out throughout the day. Melville put on nearly 150 for the third wicket until Kelvin Smith broke the partnership. At 3-185, Melville looked like posting a total well over 300. But some restrictive bowling from our spin trio (Millar, Billington and K Smith) kept Melville to 274 all out. Kyle Millar finishing with 3, whilst Eaton, K Smith and Billington all had 2 poles a piece.
Notable events during the bowling innings include Rob Richards’ body still thinking he’s 30kg heavier and breaking his foot whilst running. Whilst Travis Birt and Nathan Henry were involved in what Melville would consider to be the worst display of sportsmanship since the underarm delivery.
The following week, the Roos began their batting innings. An early run out left the Roos at 1-11 and wickets consistently fell leaving Wanneroo at 4-89. Birt and DelBorrello combined for a partnership of 54 before Birt was dismissed. Tony batted aggressively for his 63 off 57 before departing. In desperate need of a partnership, Richards and Henry combined nicely for 61. Special mention to Kelvin Smith for running every single run on behalf of Richo, with Rob later labelling batting with three people “mint”. The game came down to the wire and ultimately Wanneroo were dismissed for 259, falling 15 runs short. This was despite a fighting innings from an injured Richards, who finished on 57 not out.
Onwards and upwards for the 1s.
Wanneroo 36 (Gagandeep Singh 9*) and 9/200 (Holly 63, Millar 39, M Slattery 33) def. FIRST INNINGS by Melville 112 (Sadik 4/36, J Slattery 2/4, Singh 2/19) and 6/124 (Fryer 2/23)
The tea was good. We didn’t lose outright.
Melville 191 (Yaseen 4/47, Dzodzos 3/47, C Spangenberg 2/20) def. by Wanneroo 6/238 (Bonner 84, Varsani 39, Spangenberg 32, Kelsey 27)
Wanneroo 212 (Maraldo 59, Mc Donald 58) def. Melville 146 (Williams 3/15, Maunder 3/38, Jessani 2/31)
The day started out with Captain Liam “loudest front pad” winning the important toss and electing to listen to Triple J Hottest 100. The openers got off to a steady start for Wanneroo but suffered the first wobble of the day with a minor collapse – seeing them from an unbroken 36 to 3-45. This only brought the two Jacks together who ended up putting on a dynamic partnership of 115. Jack “of diamonds” McDonald and Jack “of Hearts” Maraldo both made 50 before throwing away a chance for a ton in order to listen to the final 5 songs on the Triple J countdown, both believing it was worth it to hear Dance Monkey come in at 4. After some help from the umpire firing anyone who got hit on the pads the Roos were bowled out for 212, with 10 overs left in the day to bowl at Melville. Tyler “hairless” Ong took the only wicket of the evening thanks to some very convincing appealing from the slip cordon.
Play resumed the week after with Melville needing 200 runs and 9 wickets in hand. Jared “into the wind specialist” Maunder picking up three wickets in his spell to put Melville on the back foot. Samuel “don’t let him score” Williams, after getting alpha-ed by Sharad “shoulders too big for his head” Jessani, was forced to bowl into the breeze and in no time was on a hat-trick. Jack “worst bat-pad” Maroldo put his name up there with some of the games greats like Shane Warne as players who dropped a hatrick ball. Sam Williams would eventually end up with 3 wickets for the day as well. Melville were 9 down with 110 runs still to get, but after a difficult drop catch, fighting last wicket partnership and visions of the Ashes 3rd test at Headingly lurked, Sharad Jessani took the final wicket resulting in Wanneroo winning by 66 runs.
Our female Roo’s struggled in Round 1 of the 40 over matches away v Melville. Melville showed their strength with a solid opening stand that made for a sound foundation with which to build a healthy total of 228 for the loss of just 4 wickets. Wickets were shared 1 apiece through 2 good spells from Josie Becket, Shayna Jesani, Tene Crafford and finally the accuracy and efficiency of Emma Harvey who snagged Melville’s top scorer! The spin of Kristin Jones and Emma Wilson also gave us an added focus to our attack.
Our batting display has been seen before, dismissals were either bowled or caught and our overall batting remains an area of improvement. Resilience was offered initially from Shayna Jesani and Danni Eckley but partners came and went ever too quickly. Other notable batting partnerships were shared by Emilie Nicholls, Breanna Giandzi and Kristin Jones but regardless of our effort our opponents were just too strong today and our total fell well short.
Wanneroo v Melville
In a 50 over fixture we won the toss and had a bat. The boys soon found out that Melville had a gun bowler with serious pace hitting a couple of helmets and bodies. The absolute stand out and only player to make any runs of note was Mitchell Trimboli who carried his bat finishing on 37* with our total at a modest 127. What made the knock even more impressive was that Mitch copped a knock on his wrist in the first over of the day and battled through to find out later he has a fracture and will be out for the best part of the season.
The boys came back on day 2, minus Mitch, and started OK with Cody Billington and Mitchell Lonnie keeping it tight but Melville were doing it easily. Enter the spinners in Matt Carroll and Riley Wills to put the squeeze on and pick up a wicket each and suddenly we were back in the game with some good fielding. In was real tight, however in the end Melville just got over the line with Cody the best of the bowlers with 2 for 24.
Some promising signs with a couple of wins prior to this game and finishing off the season well.
Wanneroo vs Mt Lawley
We were put into bat in a game where we were playing a team that hadn’t won a game, the boys were expecting to have a comfortable win. Our openers in Blake Holly and Riley Gillespie put on another plus 50 partnership with Blake going for 37 on a pitch that wasn’t easy to score on with the run rate lower than planned. Tyler Brown came in and hit some bombs before he was dismissed, we lost a couple more wickets and Matt Carroll finished off the innings with a quick 24*. The highlight was Riley making 72 and unfortunately being run out on the last ball of the innings.
With 175 on the board it appeared from early on that it was going to be too much for Mt Lawley with wickets coming at regular intervals. There were some highlights in the field including Matt Skouros’s great catch and Tyler’s two sharp catches. Best of the bowlers were Tarun Jessani with 3 for 19 and Matt Carroll 2 for 13.
The win secured the boys a top two position and put them on top with one game to go before finals.
Wanneroo vs Mt Lawley
In what was promising to be a match of great importance for the future of our season it became a big letdown. Winning the toss we batted first on a nice Kingsway wicket, the outfield appeared spongy and was a little slow. Our openers got us off to a solid start with a 33 run partnership which featured aggressive running between the wickets from Xander Glamuzina and Kai Richards before Kai was out caught behind. At drinks we were in a nice position at 2 for 80. After the break we lost Xander for a well made 27 and then 2 costly runouts saw us slump from 2 for 85 to 5 for 86. Alex Van Der Velde supplied us with some valued lower order runs making a confident 21. With Mt Lawley right behind the over rate it was important that we got through to 3.25pm and as such we were all out 5 minutes before the end and still 4 and a bit overs to go for 142. We learnt an important lesson about using all our overs.
Our bowling performance started with promise with skipper Jake O’Shea again leading from the front but with chances going begging behind the wicket and some frustrating stroke play from the Mt Lawley top order they began to get away from us. We missed around 5 catches which makes it difficult with a small total. Inconsistent lengths and some poor fielding enabled Mt Lawley to get over the line in the end. Hayden Cavanagh was the best of our bowlers with 2 for 20.
Some tough lessons learnt on the day and we will be looking for an improved team effort against Scarborough in 2 weeks’ time.