With the seasons opening day under the horizon and less than a week until the first delivery, your Two Blues set about one last challenge this preseason against the always friendly Kingston Heath CC. Facing a heavily favored Longmuir Shield outfit, Captain Ned Fallon and Coach Mario Morel opted for youth looking to hand out some tickets of experience before getting underway in 2016/17.
After winning the toss and electing to take the field first, the skipper turned to the ever rampant Gareth Weaver to take the new ball down wind with support from the up and coming Brendan Layzell at the other end. Without a hitch, Gareth stuck early claiming 2 wickets in as many overs while Brendan continued to show signs of his bright future. Another wicket from change bowler Cooper Ferries and some tight work in the field showed the match evenly poised at the first break. A tired and messy middle period by the boys in blue allowed KHCC to gain control of the match after getting on top and putting together a few hard earned partnerships. The skipper looked to experience to steady the ship and threw the ball to Lachie Hay, a proven bowler in pressure situations, who took immediate effect. Ultimately, with some help in the field, the bowling change swung the games momentum and the Centrals began to strangle the opposition in an attempt to restrict them to a manageable target. The youthful Harry Crisp and Billy McGregor closed out the innings showing their ability to bowl at the death and take critical wickets. With KHCC finishing at 5/152, the game was in the balance and well and truly up for grabs at the long break.
Opting to open up with Cody Ferries, who is welcomed back for his first season at Fewster Road since departing for the ECA to take his opportunities with Boronia CC, and Harry Crisp, the skippers instructions were clear. Get yourself in, keep out their best and punish their mistakes. After taking care of the difficult conditions early, it seemed as second nature as the two eased along at a run rate of 3 an over. After seeing off the openers, the pair suddenly found themselves pulling apart the opposition after Cody sent the ball back over the bowlers head on multiple occasions and Harry following suit. Harry eventually mistiming one and was caught at mid-off. With Cody doing his part and making a promising 47*, Cooper Ferries and Lachie Hay were at the crease looking to pick up where the opening pair left off. After a few questionable shots and some hard running they did just that and again put the opposition to the sword, giving the Centrals an edge in the contest. Everything seemed in order until a loose shot resulted in Cooper being caught behind on 39. After a few more quick wickets, including something reminiscent of a 1981 Trevor Chappell at the MCG, which took the captains stumps, KHCC suddenly had a sniff. It wasn’t long until anything they could smell wafted away when Gareth Weaver sent 156 grams of cork and white leather flying over the ropes at an astonishing rate only believed by those who witness it. Soon after notching the win Gareth made way for young and promising brothers Liam and James O’Niell who held their own and took it right up to the Longmuir Shield side, showing just how bright their futures are.
The Two Blues 1st XI are set to play away and take on traditional rivals Moorabbin West CC in round one. Those residing in Fewster Road are looking to not only kick the season off with a win but also claim the Russell Shaw / Basil Shaw Shield for the first time since the 2012/2013 season. With this, the 2016/17 season, marking 80 years since the inspection of the Two Blues, we wish the best of luck to all of our senior and junior teams for the upcoming season along with our always competitive rivals both past and present
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