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Rams too strong in Round 2

The Camberwell Magpies are still on the look out for their first win in season 2020/21 after going down in all four grades against Ringwood.

The First XI were at home on Saturday against Ringwood and were looking to secure their first win for new coach Ian Stanger.

Unfortunately for the ones, they were sent in on a wicket that had a bit of spice in it early which the Rams’ attack took full advantage of. Opener Rishab Guddadamane (21) and captain Andrew Fekete (26*) were the only batsmen to pass 20, as Ringwood had a day out with the ball to bundle the Pies out for 106, with Ian Holland being the main destroyer with 5/20.

In reply, Ringwood in chased down the target comfortably to win by seven wickets, with Tom Rogers making 57. For the Magpies, skipper Fekete led the way in the wickets column with 2/36.

To view a full replay of Saturday’s First XI match from McQueen Park, click here.

In the Second XI, Camberwell batted first at Russell Lucas Oval. In a similar scenario to the First XI, the twos were also in a rocky position early as Ringwood bowler Sam Beer took the first three wickets as the Pies fell to 5/48.

But a strong lower order fight back led by keeper Griffin McComb (62), Kevin Prior (43) and Tom Vanderslik (31) helped Camberwell to 9//200 off their 50 overs.

For the majority of Ringwood’s batting innings the game was in the balance, with both sides getting themselves into a position to win the game. Unfortunately for the Magpies, rain intervened and the Duckworth Lewis Method was introduced, which brought the total down to 172 off 40 overs to make it a hard ask for Camberwell.

In the end, Ringwood took out a tight one by three wickets. The pick of the bowlers for Camberwell was Kieren Jamieson with 1/26 off 10 overs, while Hamish Burrill gave the Pies a fighting chance late in the game with 3/9 off 4 overs.

In the Third XI, Camberwell batted first at Waston Park and found themselves in a tricky spot at 4/98. But a well-made 57 at close to a run-a-ball from youngster Dhruv Redhu pushed the score up to 195 as Camberwell were bowled out in the last over. Ringwood’s main destroyer was Tom Humphries with 6/18 off 8 overs.

Again rain proved to be a factor in Ringwood’s chase, as the target was reframed to 183 off 42 overs. Camberwell looked good early with the ball when they had Ringwood 3/98 with Henry Smith on a hat-trick. Ringwood’s keeper batsman Benjamin Gibson then stepped up and made a match winning knock of 74 as the Rams chased down the reduced target with five wickets in hand. Pick of the bowlers for Camberwell was the evergreen Joe Doyle with 2/31, while youngster Smith (2/36) and Will Townsend (1/28) also impressed.

In the Fourth XI, Camberwell travelled out to ‘The Rock’ (Jubilee Park) and elected to bat first. This worked well with an opening partnership of 65 between Sam Windisch and Max Hudson (22).

Two quick wickets brought Ishan Gunawardena (42) to the crease, and he combined with Windisch to add a 62-run partnership before Windisch fell for a well-made 68 (5 x 4s and 3 x 6s). In the end, Camberwell made 5/207 at the end of the 45 overs.

Camberwell’s attack made a strong start to have the Rams in some early trouble at 3/53, with Josh Nevett picking up two wickets (2/25). But in another rain affected game where Duckworth Lewis ultimately played a key role, Ringwood found a way to victory with Zach Flintoff making 64 to take the Rams to a six-wicket win.

Despite the four losses, there were numerous positives across the grades which will give the Magpies some confidence they will be able to break the duck against Prahran next weekend.


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