Camberwell put together their best club effort of the year across the grades to clean sweep Kingston Hawthorn, propelling multiple sides into finals contention.
Several individuals put together notable match-winning performances, but Chris "Cobba" Thewlis dominated the headlines quite literally in the 2s, drawing a crowd of journalists to Watson Park after clobbering 237 off 72 deliveries. COB took full advantage of the short boundaries with 20 fours and 24 sixes, cementing himself in the Victorian Premier Cricket record books as the 6th top scorer in a 2nd-grade inning. ( We suspect the other are two-day matches )
This is the highest score in the Men's 2nd XI competition since the 2015/16 season (and 6th highest score in Victorian Premier Cricket history for Men's 2nd XI competition) when another Camberwell Magpies player in Morgan Persson-Clark scored 254* against Prahran.
This once in a lifetime knock? saw the seconds manage 5/441 off their 50 overs, a score they defended by 238 runs after newcomer Coby Fitzsimmons took 3/32 in his second match for the club.
In the 1st XI, it was a pair of youngsters in, Liam Fitzpatrick and Will Townsend combining for a 159-run stand which made all the difference. The Innings was teetering at 5/78 with us on the way to a sub-par total until these two rising stars steadied the ship. ‘Fitzy’ ended up with 100, his first century for the club, while Will contributed 72 runs of his own.
The game was a far closer contest than the one at Watson Park, Kingston Hawthorn falling 10 runs short thanks to experienced quicks Chris Bridle and Andrew Fekete who took 6 wickets between them.
The fourths maintained Camberwell’s winning record on Saturday, chasing Kingston’s sizeable total of 259 with three wickets to spare. Tom Kelly set the platform with 55, his maiden half-century for the club before Kane Scanlon hit the ball to all parts in an entertaining inning of 92.
Bhavil Barr sealed the win with a late flurry, scoring 30* at better than a run a ball.
Unfortunately, the Pies could not secure a fabled ‘Magpie Day’ due to a technicality. The thirds were forced to wait until Sunday for their opportunity to shine. Nevertheless, they made it a Magpie Weekend by beating the Hawks to the tune of 35 runs. The evergreen Brett Watkins put in a superb all-round performance, anchoring the batting innings with 62* before taking 3/16 off his nine overs. Dan Walker returned from a COVID-layoff with 23* invaluable runs at number 11 to steer the team to a competitive total in a fifty run stand with the skipper.
Young spinners Henry Smith and Kye Walford were also pivotal with the ball to help restrict the hawks.
Winning four from four is no small feat, and on this particular occasion, it was filled with memorable milestones across the grades.
The 2nds and 4ths are sitting ninth on the table, just out of the finals as we approach the pointy end of the season.
With players returning and a great feel around the club, there is no better time to get involved. Make sure to get down this weekend and support the boys as they take on Casey-South Melbourne in Round 10!
Article thanks to Josh Nevett