Monash University CC News

A Day in the Sun, followed by Rain

By Stephen Pearson

Sid Batting against Bayswater
Day One

Welcoming back U21 representative Kunaal Parhboo, and Trevor Dixon, along with bringing in first gamer Vivian Vyas, I must I had a good feeling about this game.

Ten minutes before the game and Bayswater`s captain had apparently gotten lost in Fawkner, so the umpire picked one of the two bayswater players that were present and made him toss the coin.

After winning the toss, I decided to have a bat, and due to opening batsman Choy not being present, I asked Kunaal to do the job. Things started alright for me with 6 of the first over, but went to leave the ball in the 5th over, and got a edge. Not the start I had hoped for.

Sid came to crease at the number 3 slot again, Kunaal and him pushed the scoring along, and saw off the new ball, until Kunaal attemped to cut a straight one, and middle stump was bent back. Nathan, who was unlucky to miss out in the last match (twice) looked steady, and played nice and sraight, pushing one ball through covers for a boundry. The Eddy and Mamgain partnership saw the Gryphons to the 20 over mark, when Nathan miss hit one, that was eventaully caught by the bowler. His dismissal, along with the introduction of a left-arm chinaman saw a middle order collaspe, seeing Singh, SJ, Sid and Buckley all fall before we had a ton on the board.

Piyush, now left with tail, had a job ahead of him. The tail prepared to prove their captain wrong set about destroying the now tired Bayswater attack. Piyush firstly supported by Trevor Dixon, who bludged 24 runs including two cross bat shots straight back down the ground. When TD was bowled from the left arm spinner, Bayswater folk-law hero, Kelvin Choy entered the crease, 8 wickets later than expected. He may had batted for 8 overs without a run, he may also have only made 4, but Kelvin`s 38 run partnership started to turn the game in our favour.

Well if Kelvin`s grit and detremination started to turn the match, then Viv put the game on it`s head. Batting with the now tiring Piyush, the two dispatched the bayswater attack to all parts of the ground. Vivian batting with great flare and huge power, as he out scored Piyush almost 2 to 1. Vivian and Piyush had a 75 run 10th wicket stand, which is a new record for the Monash Gryphons Cricket Club. Breaking the Ben Lloyd and Dave Bennett recovery against South Yarra set in 1995.

With 13 overs to bowl, and Kunaal with a sore ankle, Buckley and myself opened up the bowling. With an agreesiove field set we gave away a few runs, but were able to remove both openers. A match that is still in the balance, with some hard work left to next week.

Day Two

Bad news to start with Parhboo has brocken his ankle, and would be out of action for 3-4 weeks. Singh a no show, find out later that he is in hospital with a really bad migraine. Luckily secured the services of the Baulch man, little did I know, our luck would rub of on him, and he would see our 1st XI win there first game.

Now onto the field, we had a job to do. I took myself out of the attack, and brought big TD in from the Hospital End. But it was Buckley the first to break through, dismissing my opposite number for a few extra to his overnight score. Now 3 for 49 and looking a little shacky, the wheels were about to come of for Bayswater, but not before, a solid partnership between Ian's and Garry's sons brought the score up to 74. Buckley caught and bowled Duncan for 14, and then 4 balls later confusion rained as Browne and TD combined to run out the 5th wicket. TD collected the next wicket, having Galvin caught behind. Buckley then got number 3 for himself, and Kelvin caught a smashed cover drive, centimeters from the face. Dixon finished it of bowling the last wicket, and Bayswater were all out for 89 in the first innings.

Eelecting to put the Baysie boys back in, and not take a new pill, worked first ball, when TD sent back the opening for golden duck. Buckley then cleaned up the number 3, with another great ball, seeing middle stump fly again. Two wickets, I thought we could throw the ball around a bit, and give some other guys a bowl. Viv and Sid bowled a little too short and were punished by two of Bayswater's more seasoned batsman. We did manage to collect one wicket during there spell, Viv with a great flat throw dismissing Ian.

A change in bowling was required, and it was to be Nathan and myself to bowl some seam up full of length deliveries. Nathan's first over saw the number five caught behind by Keeper Boy. His next over, Nathan took a caught and bowled, that he both dropped, and caught at least 4 times. Next over Sid tried to top his effort of jungling, holding one from my bowling. The next Bayswater boy in was not early enough for a hit in the first innings, and proceeded to hit me out of the attack.

I was replaced by Sid for his second spell. Nathan once again turned on his magic grabbing another return catch, this one better than the last, a one hand diving special. Sid bowled much tighter in his second spell, and when Nathan was looking like a rest, I brought TD back on to finish the tail. The planned work well early, seeing the guy that missed out in the first innings sky a ball to sid in point. Expecting to deliever Bayswater there last rights, and an innings defeat, I bought myself back on. The rain continued and the runs flowed, as the last pair for Bayswater piled on the runs. They were at one stage offered the decision to continue or not by the umpire. After asking his dad, the batsman decided to continue in the light rain. Bayswater were 30 runs in the lead when TD finally got the edge.

31 runs to win, with 12 overs to complete the task. I sent out Kelvin and Keeper Boy, hopinh no-one would be required. Kelvin who was looking good was the only one to fall, a vicous bounder from Ian Jones, saw him caught of his glove. Viv coming in at three, went 4, 4, 4, 2, dot, dot, 6, game over.

A very healthy result for us, and great game played with sportsmanship, and fun. The Bayswater boys would have to be one of our favourite opponents in the Mercantile, and we look forward to a trip to there home ground in January.