Wolves win major match-ups, with one washout

Montrose Cricket Club has had some great wins over the last few weeks. Picture: ON FILE.

By Damian Ford

The first XI travelled to Ainslie Park for round 6, winning the toss and having a bat, the team were in a little trouble at 6/111. That brought Jacob Crowe and Juddy Perkins together. Once they got set they hit Ainslie all around the Park putting on 142 for the sixth wicket and taking the teams total to 6/253 after 80 overs. Week two we set out with the ball and early wickets were always going to be the key, as English import Ben Clilverd knocked over M.Moss early the team was on their way. Getting a steady flow of wickets and not allowing Ainslie Park to get on top with the bat at any stage the Wolves were able to bowl the top of the table Ainslie Park out for 177 before the 65th over. Best Bowling Ben Clilverd 4/31 off 11 and Cheyne van Koll 3/32 off 15.

The Women’s first XI travelled to Canterbury for their match on Sunday. After a tough loss last round, the ladies welcomed back Victorian over 40s representative Tammy Pearce into the squad. The ladies batted first and got off to a slow start losing Tammy for only 9. Alicia Gugele and Belinda Harding come together to put on a nice partnership before Belinda departed. This brought Charlotte Stevens to the crease, she dominated the Canterbury attack as she scored 70 not out off 75 balls to help the team post 3/194 off our 36 overs. In reply Canterbury were never in it as Grace Pearce got two early wickets and we restricted Canterbury to 7/134 off their 36 overs. Stand out bowlers Grace Pearce 2/15 off 7, Alicia Gugele 2/12 off 17 and Acacia Pearce 2/25 off 7

The Mens Second XI hosted top of the table South Warrandyte, week one we posted an impressive 9/266 with standout performances from Conrad Ratcliffe 64 and Mitch O’Neil 40. In reply the boys rolled South Warrandyte for 218 with the wickets shared between the bowlers. This is a great win for the second XI beating the top team and now entering the top 4.

Other teams results, third XI chasing Bayswater Parks, 317 from week one, did so with 11 overs to spare, passing them 6 down. Max Cron was the pick of the bowlers 3/25 off 12 overs and with the bat, captain Javier Mastronardi 79 and Will Newey 74. The fourth XI batted first at Hoddles Creek and were bowled out for 240 with Chook Nyhuis putting on a cover driving and cutting clinic to record his highest score of 63, Miff Smith 57 and Jake Smith 51. Trying their best to keep themselves in the game wasn’t enough as we bowled Hoddles Creek out for 176. Best bowlers, Zane Smart 3/30, Chook Nyhuis 3/30 and Tyler Sonsini 2/33 off 23 overs. The Fifth XI had a good win against Boronia with Ricky Williams the only standout with the bat scoring 61 and then the wickets shared taking them to 4th on the ladder. The Sixth XI the only team to lose on the weekend, playing a stronger Hoddles Creek team, they fell just short, posting 6/178 off their 36 over, Hoddles Creek passed them 2 down. Only Standout was Andre Gibson with 2 wickets and 50 not out with the bat. The sixth XI still sit atop of the ladder after their round 8. The women’s Second XI unfortunately had a wash out as the ground wasn’t playable.

The Club is going well on and off the field, we have a big Family Christmas party planned for 15 December and we are also hosting Montrose Cinema Under the Stars on 23 February 2024.