Monash University CC News

Women's 2nd XI Match Report Round 2

By Anna Broomhall

12 October 2008 Gryphon 2s vs Frankston @ home.

On a hot day, Frankston won the toss and sent the undermanned (under-womanned?) Gryphons into bat. While Lush was initially startled when told she would be opening, the decision paid dividends as she not only doubled her previous highest score but managed to stay out there past drinks and set a new benchmark of 20. She was well supported by first-gamer Emma who didn't waste any time in smashing a quick fire 18, including 3 magnificent fours.

While Sheeana was given multiple lives by the slippery fingered Frankston team she made the most of it, scampering between the wickets quick as a rabbit and forcing extra runs. Young X was set a target by the Skipper to stay out in the middle for 5 overs if she had to block every ball to do it. Despite apparent nerves and doubts, not only did she stay out there for the requested 5, she batted out the remaining overs with a fantastic 19 not out, including some self proclaimed "flukey" fours and great team work supporting first gamers Shimi and Kayla by taking control of the running between wickets and keeping the scoreboard ticking all the way up to triple figures - the Gryphons innings finished not out 7/100.

While the heat, being 2 players short and unfortunate injuries to Linda and KB put us in a precarious position defending our total, our fielding innings was marked by a number of remarkable efforts - X putting in a great bowling performance as the 2nd opener (the wickets will come), a difficult top edge catch by Tahlia to take the wicket of the left-handed opening batsman (an effort appreciated by all fielders and this Captain as every single was forcing lots of fielding changes!), great teamwork by Kayla, KB and Emma sent all over the field in all sorts of positions without complaint, awesome and somewhat dangerous diving saves by Shimi and the team behind the stumps Sheera and Lush providing both great vocal team support and personal support to me trying to stem the flow of runs.

The Frankston team managed to reach the target only losing the one wicket, however it was a fantastic effort by all players on Sunday. A number of their players made a special effort to get over to me after the game and ask me to pass on their congratulations and mentioned we have some fantastic potential at our disposal we will be a team to beat once we can get a full side on the park.

Some goals to come out of the game:

  1. We need some more noise! Both in the field and while batting, we were a bit quiet... even if it's just "GO GRYPHONS" over and over, I need everyone to get more vocal.

  2. Walking in with the bowler - we were a bit flat-footed at times.

  3. The last things is running between wickets - backing up when you're at the non-strikers end, loud calls and holding the bat to help you run more efficiently - all things that will be covered in training in coming weeks.

Overall thanks to everyone for their efforts - chin up Gryphs, a win is not too far away! Bring on next week!