Monash University CC News

Season 2013/14 Round 3.1

By Morgan Cole

A good week generally for the Gryphons with 4 wins, 2 defeats and the 1st XI evenly placed. After a near miss last week against the 2012/2013 A-Grade premiers, the lads had another tough game against the other grand finalists Parkville District. With Gamble a late withdrawal due to injury, Peacock got the late call up on Friday afternoon.

Captain Ox proceeded to lose the toss for the third straight week and we were sent into the field on a perfect day for batting.

After an early break through, it was tough work in the field, with the Parkville opener hitting a very nice 55 from 71 balls and combining with the Parkville captain who made 33 of 71 balls to be in a solid position after the first couple of hours.

Bruce came on and took the important wickets of the established batsmen with a very tight spell of pace bowling before tea, ably assisted by Shikar who was looking threatening before tea with a couple of wickets.

After Tea it was the Gupta show, he took the last 5 wickets of the innings, combining spin, flight and bounce. Jimmy was again very sharp behind the stumps with two nice stampings, and minimal extras for the third week in a row.

The end result was 181 runs on the board for Parkville, a very gettable score considering the pitch and outfield. It was a very good team effort with all the bowlers doing their job and some much improved fielding all round.

With 17 over’s left for the day, the batsmen had a tough hour to navigate before stumps. Pete’s run of bad luck continued when one kept low and trapped him LBW for 9. Sunny was clean bowled not long after with a fine piece of bowling from the Parkville quick: Green. Gupta who was looking solid was next back in the sheds after Green took his third victim with Shik out LBW for 10.

Captain Ox & Jonesy were able to see of the last 7 overs before the close of the play with the Gryphon’s placed at 3-45 heading into day 2, next week. With Bruce, BC, Jimmy & Peacock to come, here’s hoping the batsmen can get the job done.

The seconds have lost a close match to a strong Malvern side coming down form A Reserve. After batting first, the guys made a competitive 153 runs, with Saumil Shah 37, the pick of the batsmen. However, Malvern’s top 3 proved very hard to dismiss scoring 43 & 48 respectively. Some nice bowling from Kush & Patel’s off spin kept the match tight, but the damage had been done by the openers.

The 3rd XI has won there 3rd match in a row to be top of D Grade. Matt Sweeny was the star with a fine 63 runs and 5-5. However, despite Sweeny’s impressive effort the most remarkable event for the game was Old Man Harro edging his way to 16 at number 11.

The 4th XI had a very easy day of it thanks largely to the opposition forfeiting.

The new 5th XI registered there first win of the season with a crushing win over Canterbury. Captain West led from the front with 31 runs, nicely assisted by Jack Turner with 25 runs and 2 wickets.

The 6th XI had there second win in a row with a narrow 2 wicket win against St Andrews Gardiner, a great even effort has them sitting comfortably at second on the 5th Grade ladder.

The 7th XI has had a narrow loss against the strong Salesian Old Boys side. The chase of 194 proved too much despite a good batting effort to reach 6/169 of their 35 overs.

1st XI
MCA A Grade Round 3: Sat Oct 19 & 26, 1.00
Parkville 10/181 vs. Monash Uni Gryphons 3/45
S.Gupta 7/77 (24 overs)

2nd XI
MCA B Grade Sunday Round 3: Sun Oct 20, 12.30
Monash Uni Gryphons 9/153 (cc) def. by Malvern 5/157
S Shah 37

3rd XI
MCA D Grade Round 3: Sat Oct 19, 12.30
Monash Uni Gryphons Mens 10/139 def. Youlden Parkville 10/77
M Sweeny 63 & 5/5

4th XI
Win on forfeit.

5th XI
MCA D Sun Grade Round 3: Sun Oct 20, 12:30
Monash Uni Gryphons 10/128 def. Canterbury 10/52
C. West 31

6th XI
SDCCL 5th Grade: Sun Oct 20
Monash Uni Gryphons Mens 8/203 def. St. Andrew Gardiner 9/202 (cc)
R Vedaraman 43
A Chitre 36

7th XI
SDCCL Brown Shield – 1 day Division 1, Sat Oct 19, 1.30
Monash Uni Gryphons 6/169 (cc) SOB 9/194 (cc)
N Nalluri 35 & 2/35
B Muruganandam 41