Kicking things off at Widdop Crescent Reserve, the home of traditional club rivals Moorabbin West Cricket Club, the 1st XI we unable to take advantage of their positive start after putting together a near textbook effort in the field and with the ball.
After successfully winning the toss, West’s captain, Leigh Dawkins, elected for runs on the board and opted to bat first on a ground that provided no value to either side. Centrals captain, Ned Fallon, threw the new ball to the lively Gareth Weaver and 1ST XI debutant Trent Thompson, who has worked his way into the side after contributing to a 3rd XI premiership in 2015/16 and excelling throughout the pre-season. Weaver was on song early and it wasn’t long until he claimed the wicket of (Joel) McConville (8) after beating the bat countless times. In doing so he also provided new keeper and 1st XI debutant for the two blues, Joel Green, with his first dismissal for the club; the beginning of what turned out to be an almost flawless display with the gloves. With Dawkins (19) run out after making the mistake to take on the Centrals skipper in the field, the familiar Anthony Hunter threatened to get away for the second consecutive match up against his old side. That was until a loose shot off change bowler Cooper Ferries drew the end to Hunter’s (15) innings. After (Cooper) Ferries struck again in the next over deceiving Brad Lovell (3) and with Darcy O’Brien quickly removing Adam Forbes (4) shortly after, the Centrals looked to put the foot down and take control of the match as they had last year’s grand finalists at 5/59 after 19 overs.
Not allowing the West batsman to settle, Fallon opted for a change of bowler and pace and looked towards Lachie Hay and Cody Ferries to keep the pressure on. The change seemed to be just what was required as (Cody) Ferries claimed the key wickets of Chris Charity (4) and Steven Worker (24) within the space of 3 overs and Lachie Hay claiming the wicket of Singh (0) with his first ball from a leg side stumping (credit to the quick hands of Green from behind the wickets). With (Cody) Ferries claiming another and removing Phil Falvo (8), the Centrals has West at 9/103 looking to put the final nail in the coffin. When Tim Aydin skewed one off the off spinner to backward point the Centrals boys would have been happy with their efforts. However, it wasn’t to be with the catching opportunity going down and resulting in a 41 run last wicket partnership, leaving the hosts all out for 144 after 38.4 overs. With a shared bowling effort, the Ferries brothers claimed half of the wickets between them; Cody finishing with 3/27 off 7 overs, in his first official game back at Fewster Road, and Cooper with 2/11 from his 7 overs. Weaver, Thompson, O’Brien and Hay all managed to take a wicket with Fallon claiming a run out early in the innings.
With the captain unable to take the crease, Cody Ferries and Harry Crisp kicked off proceedings and looked positive early and as practiced in the pre-season, the pair looked to consolidate early and pick off any mistakes by the West Bowlers. Just as they were beginning to look settled, the two fell in quick succession with (Cody) Ferries (8) letting one through his defence and Crisp (5) doing things the hard way after being caught behind down the leg side. Lachie Hay and Billy McGregor looked to restart the innings and put the team back on track and worked together for a well-earned 25 run partnership as the West bowlers were giving nothing away. Hay was unable to go on and was caught for 17 after making a promising start. Proceedings only worsened as the middle order failed to make any significant progress into the hosts total with Green (0), Morel (8) and (Cooper) Ferries (2) all coming and going in quick succession. Billy McGregor fell for 20, doing his best to give the two blues a second chance, it was up to big hitters Gareth Weaver and Darcy O’Brien to get their side over the line. After putting on 31 runs together and providing some hope for the visitors, Weaver (13) was eventually undone as well as O’Brien for a well-made 22. With Fallon (0) dismissed quickly the Wests claimed the win and along with it the Russell Shaw / Basil Guy shield for the fourth consecutive year. The 1st XI will look to take their first win of the 2016/17 season as they are set to host Chelsea Heights / Aspendale Gardens Cricket Club next week in the first 2-day game of the season.
OTHER RESULTS FROM AROUND THE GROUNDS…
The 2nd XI started their season with a win after restricting Emerald Hill Cricket Club to 117 and successfully chasing down the total after 36 overs and losing 7 wickets. Adam Ross was the standout bowler who had the ball talking taking 5/22 off his 8 overs with Anthony Devola doing his part while staying efficient and taking 2/11 from his 8. Damien Devola was back to his old self making 46 and opening partner, Dean Green, making 36 after finding himself in the 2nd XI after captaining the 3rd XI to a premiership last season.
The 3rd XI also have begun their campaign with a formidable win as they hunt another premiership after taking the chocolates last season. After moving up a grade, they made light work of Southside East Caulfield Cricket Club as the rolled through them bowling the side out at their home ground for 38, not allowing any of their batsmen to reach double figures. Promising youngster Liam O’Neill lead the attack with 4/8 from 5 overs sending a message that he is coming. Chris Knight returned from some time away from the game taking 3/26 from his 5 overs. Newly appointed captain, Enio Mariani, was able to get the job done with the bat finish on 21 not out as the two blues finished 1/50 from 10 overs sealing the win.
The 4th XI were another to get the points on the first weekend of the season after a successful run chase against East Sandringham Boys Cricket Club. After allowing ESBCC to reach a total of 6/174 the mix between young and old were able to get the job done with Adam Whatmore (50*) and Craig Perkins (53*) both reaching half centuries. James O’Niell and Trevor Layzell both took 2 wickets each claiming 2/38 and 2/22 respectively off their 7 overs.
With 4 of our 5 senior teams beginning their 2016/17 campaigns with a win, it appears to be only a matter of time before we are again witness to The Nyah West Stomp. For a full update on scores please follow the link below. Senior team also to be announced on Thursday evening. Keep an eye out for the social calendar to be released in the coming weeks.