Round 3 Match Report


Double trouble on Past Players Day

On a glorious day, in front of a host of past players and supporters, the Gators took on Belgrave in a T20 double header. HV Jones reserve was in magnificent condition, with conditions perfect for the short form of the game.

The Twos kicked of proceedings, with Belgrave rattling up 5/153, with two of their batsmen making very handy 50s, despite a runout off the very first ball of the innings – courtesy of some nice work by Dale Kline. Rob Gough was the pick of the bowlers, with 1-12 off his 4 overs, while Russell Wilson and Tom Griffin got one apiece. James Conboy made an impact in the field with a catch and a runout. The batting was in trouble early, although Paul Wiles played an exciting innings, with some lusty hitting, peeling off 7 boundaries. Goughy was the primary support, with 27 not out and he deservedly took out the Knox Tavern award as our best player. We finished with 9/101 and a few things to work on before this week’s game against Monbulk.

The Ones didn’t fare a whole lot better, winning the toss and batting, but not really getting on top of the Belgrave bowling. Skipper Buckland with 15, Trav Clarke 25 and Mitch Goddard with an excellent 39 (batting at number 5 this game) were the top scorers as we reached 8/119 off our allotted overs.

Belgrave didn’t have too much trouble chasing that down, losing only 4 wickets, although we fought it out for 18 overs. Johnny Cunningham had the pick of the figures, with 2/9 (off 3), while quicks Sanitha De Mel 0/18 (off 4) and Josh Lindner 1/21 (off 4) bowled steadily as well. Mitch Goddard picked up our player of the game for his fine knock. Coach Peter Castledine is keen to work the boys hard this week at training, ensuring we are cherry ripe to take on Monbulk.

From a senior perspective, the Threes (at Windermere) and Fours (TBA) will also be back in action this weekend, as will our Vets team (HV on Sunday).

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