Pies go down in Inner East derby

The Camberwell Magpies’ four senior grades experienced another tough weekend against inner east neighbors Fitzroy Doncaster on Saturday.

In the First XI, the Pies travelled to Schramms Reserve and were sent in by the Lions. It was another tough day for the Pies’ batsmen, who were bundled out on a tricky wicket for 95. Unfortunately for Camberwell no one could get going with the stick, with young gun Ollie Jenkins showing the most resistance down at number eight with a hard-fought 19 not out.

In reply, the Pies threatened to make a game of it when Will Walker struck early to have the Lions at 1/4. From there though Fitzroy Doncaster steadied, with Lakshmn Shivakumar (58*) and Noah Korkolis (30) taking the Lions to an eight-wicket victory.

In the Second XI match at McQueen Park, Fitzroy Doncaster decided to bat first. Camberwell got off to the right start with Kieren Jamieson (3/38 off 10) taking the first three wickets to have the Lions reeling at 3/27. But a Liam Smith century for Fitzroy Doncaster helped push the total up to 212 after 50 overs.

The Pies entered the chase confident it could chase the score down with Daniel Rawson in good form, but this was not the case as we lost both openers in Rawson and Liam Fitzpatrick with the score at 2/8. From there Camberwell couldn’t bounce back, with Fitzroy Doncaster taking wickets at the crucial stages to stunt any momentum in the run chase. Captain Shane Mays got a start with 27, while Hamish Burrill (29) and Thomas Vanderslik (26) made handy contributions, but that wasn’t enough as Fitzroy Doncaster won by 69 runs.

At Schramms Reserve 2, the Third XI played in a game where it was very similar to the twos. Camberwell won the toss and elected to bowl first, and it looked to be a shrewd decision as we restricted the Lions to 202 off their 45 overs. Skipper for the day Joseph Doyle (3/32 off 9) and Adrian Vidajic (3/39) were the pick of the Pies’ bowlers.

In reply, Camberwell were looking in the hunt with a positive opening partnership between Spencer Wood and Samuel Windisch, who was elevated on the back of a 100 the previous week in the Fourth XI. But despite Windisch’s continued good form with 40, it wasn’t enough as Fitzroy Doncaster’s bowlers put in a disciplined bowling effort to leave us 60 runs short.

In the Fourth XI match at Watson Park, Fitzroy Doncaster elected to bat first. It was looking like it was a good decision with the Lions reaching 1/73, but then Camberwell brought it back to 4/101 with Angus Steele and Oliver Garlick taking three wickets in the space of 28 runs.

From there, Fitzroy Doncaster only made another 114 runs as they finished with 215 off their 45 overs. Pick of the bowlers for Camberwell were Jacob Kooran (3/39), while youngsters Max Burn and Ollie Garlick picked up two wickets each.

In reply, Camberwell were in early trouble at 2/18 with both openers in the sheds. But Shelvin Sathiyaseelan and Ishan Gunawardena continued their good form and put on a 68-run partnership, before Lucas Bridger broke the partnership with Sathiyaseelan making 38. After that, the Pies lost 7/72 and subsequently the match as Fitzroy Doncaster won by 57 runs.

While another four losses on the weekend clearly leaves the club with plenty of work to do heading into 2021, there have been some green shoots in individual performances throughout the grades and we look forward to turning the ship around post the Christmas break.

In more successful news, the Camberwell Magpies’ Under 16 Premier side won their first game of their Under 16 Premier Competition campaign with a thrilling five-run victory over Fitzroy Doncaster


In a tremendous display of junior cricket at McQueen Park, Wangaratta boy James Thewlis made 62 opening the batting and number three Edward Nelson making 82 as Camberwell made a impressive 5/249.

In reply, Fitzroy Doncaster gave the chase a real crack with opening batsman Sam Alberico making 62 and Joshua Paton making 62 as well. But the young Pies held their nerve, with co-skipper Henry Smith (2/39 off 10 overs) and Zac Fraser (1/34 off 10 overs) the pick of the bowlers, while opening bowler William Heliotis and Nelson (backing up with his performance with the bat) took two poles as well.

The Camberwell Magpies’ next game in the competition will be against Prahran on January 27.


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