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The Swoop Newsletter - Round 14 Edition 2023/24

FIRST XI: Game 1 – The 1s enjoyed a sleep in before resuming their campaign against Melbourne, but the extra shut eye did the boys no favours as they were bowled out for just 77. None of the batsmen were able to get going, leaving the bowlers with an impossible task. Despite tidy spells from Kieren Jamieson and Tom Nelson, the chase was completed within nine overs.

Game 2 – After a brutal wake up call in the first fixture of the day, the First XI produced a much-improved performance in Game 2. Batting first again, Chris ‘Cobba’ Thewlis was back to his destructive best early, blasting 23 from nine deliveries before Coby Edmondstone took on the responsibility of anchoring the innings. Coby contributed 52 runs to guide his side to 6/130, aided by some late order hitting from Jamo (21 off 15). The game was set up for a thrilling finish, but Fitzroy-Doncaster’s top order took the heat out of the game quickly, reaching 100 just two wickets down before hitting the winning runs with five wickets in hand. Will Walker (2/23) was the best of the bowlers yet again, showing that he’s set to carry his outstanding 2023 form into the new year.

A couple of disappointing losses pushed the 1s out of the top eight, leaving them with a hill to climb over the next few weeks. On to Prahran!


SECOND XI: Game 1 – The 2s kicked off their 2024 in the best possible fashion, belting Melbourne by eight wickets in a flawless display. The bowlers had their tails up from ball one, reducing MCC to 6/42 as Alex Ridley, Shantanu Bhaiya and Kevin Prior all took multiple wickets. A partnership at the end of the innings took Melbourne to 7/88, but it was a sub-par total that Swapnil Challa (38* off 41) and Jack Di Stefano (23* off 42) easily accounted for. No better way to start the new year than an eight-wicket victory!

Game 2 – Unfortunately, Fitzroy-Doncaster were far more competitive in the second fixture, robbing the Second XI of an unbeaten day. The Lions batsmen enjoyed the dimensions of McQueen Park, setting 8/150 despite excellent spells from Kevin Prior (3/27) and Mitch Traplin (2/24). In reply, the Pies kept wickets in hand but were always just behind the required run rate, falling 14 runs short with Tom Scott (70* off 56) the standout batsman.

One win from two matches kept the 2s inside the top four, supporting their push for a finals berth.


THIRD XI: Game 1 – Like the 1s, the Third XI struggled to get going after an early start, conceding 3/201 to Melbourne on a dewy Albert Ground. Captain Tom Vanderslik returned impressive figures of 2/28 from his four overs, but the rest of the bowlers were unable to contain an aggressive Melbourne batting unit. It was always going to be a difficult chase, and early wickets put the nail in the coffin. Young guns Pat Forrest and Jez Rigoni both passed 30, but it was too little too late as Camberwell fell 84 runs short.

Game 2 – Given the opportunity to bat first in Game 2, the 3s produced a competitive 7/128 thanks to an anchoring 41* by Jez, who finished the day with nearly 80 runs. However, the Albert is renowned for it’s batter friendly features, and Fitzroy-Doncaster demonstrated that on their way to a six-wicket win. Slick showed the way again with the ball, taking 2/18, but our boys were always about 10 runs short of a winning total.

A pair of losses leaves the 3s languishing in 16th. With that said, there are plenty of points left to play for, and a big response is expected against Prahran this weekend.


FOURTH XI: Game 1 – A sticky wicket greeted the 4s down at Schramms Reserve, so it was a relief when skipper Bob Capstick won the toss and elected to bowl. Melbourne struggled to adjust to the inconsistencies of the well-watered pitch but managed to scrape their way to 7/121. Bob led from the front with 2/14, while Dan ‘Floods’ Walker also took two wickets in his 100th match for the club – congratulations Floods! Wickets in hand were always going to be key, and Will Stamper made sure of that, batting through the innings for 58* as the boys got home with eight wickets in hand.

Game 2 – Fitzroy-Doncaster were the team to beat all day in our pool, and they demonstrated that once again here. Our 4s were tight with the ball early, reducing the Lions to 5/67, but a couple of late partnerships saw that score balloon to 7/145. Josh Nevett and Jimmy Thewlis took two wickets apiece. Jimmy went on to star with the bat, hitting 49 off 47 balls, but he had little support as we fell 41 short.

It's tight at the top in fourth grade, and our lads sit fifth, level on points with both Melbourne and Ringwood.  

Congratulations to Daniel Walker who played game 100 for the club last Saturday!

Debuting way back in 2016/17, Floodsy has been a stalwart of the 3rd and 4th XI bowling attack producing in swingers like no other! Floodsy has also been a fantastic servant off the field, always putting his hand up to go the extra mile and you’ll often find him serving us dinner on a Thursday night!

With best figures of 7-14, Floodsy’s certainly left his mark at the club! A true clubman and much valued member of the CMCC family!

Well done Floods and here’s to doubling up!






Unfortunately we are postponing our ladies day scheduled for this Saturday 13th January. All tickets purchased will be refunded.Stay tuned for updates on the new date!

Welcome to Jack's Q&A Corner brought to you by Bendigo Bank. This week, I sat down with former captain of the 3s, tallest man at the club and fellow badger, its Luke Prior!


1. With the nickname of Cougs/Cougar, do you think your movements on field are as elegant as the big cat?

Luke: The nickname was given to me in U16's after I had a particularly agile day in the field and my teammates suggested I had 'fielded like a Cougar.' Unfortunately, that was the first and last time that this comparison has ever been drawn between me and the big cat as far as movement goes.


Always gets the boys going when we see the big Coug prancing around the field like a baby giraffe. Although I'd like to see if you can prove the book "Giraffes Can't Dance" wrong. Maybe this Saturday night we will see a giraffe dance.

2. What's the best thing about being really tall and bowling leg spin?

Luke: The best part is the audible groans of disappointment from the sidelines when they realise the 6ft 4 bloke on the opposition bowls spin.

The batsmen are quaking watching you warm up with "back of the hand slower balls" thinking, you must be a gun to not even practice stock pace deliveries pre-game. No doubt some nuffy on the sidelines is saying to his mate "geez imagine how much bounce he'd get if he bowled pace".


3. I've noticed you love to rock the Ireland cricket pants, do you plan on collecting other countries pants and showing them off too?

Luke: I love those pants and have been a big supporter of Ireland's progression to a Test playing nation, I think wearing another country's pants would feel like too much of a betrayal.

Might also be a logistical issue of finding pants at Rebel in "giraffe/cougar" size. But you certainly do Ireland cricket proud and there's no doubting your support!


4. I was lucky enough to witness your hattrick a few years ago down at the home of cricket against the Dees! Since then you've been a bit injury riddled so, how's the back been holding up this year and when can we expect another Cougs hattrick?

Luke: The back is the best it has been for a few years now, turns out that getting in the gym a bit more and taking care of the body after a heavy workload is all you need, who would have thought! Hopefully the next hattrick is just around the corner, until then I'm happy to recount the ball-by-ball details of the first one to anyone who will listen.

Just another Magpie hitting the church of iron! Look out for our man King Emperor Capstick with his airpods and tight tees on a Friday arvo getting in his big papa Stoinis primer sesh, lats, back and tri's! And I'm happy to re-live your hattrick anyday!


5. If I come over for dinner, what are you cooking for me?

Luke: The only meal I'm half-decent at is breakfast. I'd cook you up a full English Breakfast for dinner (a 'Brinner') and just hope you hadn't had one that morning.

I think with fair warning this would be a nice change of pace. I would need the warning to ensure I go a more savoury route for brekky and lunch but a full Cougs English brinner is something I would get around!


Thankyou to Luke for playing! Who will be next on Q&A Corner? Find out in next weeks newsletter.......

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