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The Swoop Newsletter - Round 15 Edition 2023/24

FIRST XI: A return to one day cricket saw the First XI host Prahran at McQueen Park, taking the ball after skipper Shorye Chopra won the toss. The visiting side made a solid start before a couple of quick wickets brought us back into the contest at 2/40. Another clump of wickets fell in the middle overs, leaving Prahran 5/126, but a second consolidation saw them reach 7/265 at the completion of 50 overs. A rain delay reduced the target to around 210 off 30 overs, and early wickets had the Magpies on the back foot. Akshay Kodoth stood tall with 64 off 60 balls at the top of the order, but he received little support as Camberwell were ultimately dismissed for 162. With a position in the top eight still up for grabs, Dave will be tuning his team up for another huge clash against Carlton this weekend.


SECOND XI: The 2s also had a disappointing day at the office, falling to Prahran by 108 runs. Bowling first in helpful conditions at Waverley Oval, everyone’s favourite Kiwi Alex Ridley struck early, setting the tone for the innings. Riddles was the thorn in Prahran’s side, taking 4/26 to help restrict the hosts to 7/185, with Will Troy (2/26) also putting up excellent figures. However, an already green wicket was made even more tricky by persistent rain, and the batting innings got off to a shaky start – 0/10 quickly became 4/26, and the wickets continued to tumble until the final wicket fell for just 77. It was a deflating end to a day that started with plenty of promise, and the 2s now sit seventh, just two points inside the top eight.


THIRD XI: The Third XI travelled to Ross Gregory Oval for their away fixture against Prahran, and were made to work for their wickets in a testing bowling innings. Every Prahran batter made a start, but the bowlers made breakthroughs at important moments, led by quicks Chris Bridle (2/37) and Simon Greene (2/38). Chasing 235 for victory, the top order failed to fire – just one member of the top six made it past 10. As such, the target was out of reach quickly, but James Jarrett (27), Brides (21) and Lucas Harrison (21) added some respectability to the final total.


FOURTH XI: Unfortunately, the 4s were unable to prevent a reverse Magpie Day, going down by 22 runs at Watson Park. Excited to be back on home soil, the bowlers made early inroads and maintained the rage throughout the bowling innings, keeping Prahran to just 136. Captain Capstick was again the pick of the quicks, taking three wickets in a trademark display. As with the other fixtures, rain added some difficulty to the chase, but Tom ‘TD’ Donaldson looked unfazed as he plundered 51 off 34 balls to set the platform. However, once he fell the wickets began to tumble, and none of the batsmen were able to stop the rot with the last wicket falling at 114. Fortunately, the Fourth XI clings onto their place in the top eight, but this week’s match against nine placed Carlton now takes on greater importance.

After an outstanding week with the ball, Alex Ridley has been rewarded with a First XI debut! Keep throwing the batters riddles they can't handle! Very well deserved and all the best for Saturday!


After 5 rounds of play, our U16 Dowling boys are top of Pool A heading into next Tuesday's semi final!

Some stand out performers so far have been Lucas Smith, Jobe Fraser and Daiwik Rekhi with the bat and Adam Rixon and Oliver Schofield with the ball.

Stay tuned to PlayCricket for Tuesday's match details, it would be great to have as much support as possible! Go Pies!




A massive thanks to Indy Wickes and the social committee for last Saturday which was Around the World Night!

Led by Captain Reuben Jamieson on flight CM77, the CMCC family were taken on a cross-continental journey through Sri Lanka, Italy, Hawaii and Mexico!

A wonderful night of fun had by all and we can't wait to do it again next year!

Welcome to Jack's Q&A Corner brought to you by Bendigo Bank. This week, I sat down with one of the most loveable characters at the club, he has a textbook cover drive and an even smoother bowling action, that's right, it's Kieren Jamieson!


1. Being a lover of thrifting, what's the best thing you've picked up recently?

Kieren: I've been a bit slack lately with op shopping, but probably my two pairs of runners I'm rocking at the moment, a pair of Saucony endorphin trail (RRP $160), and a pair of New Balance 1080V12 (RRP $250) I got for $50 each, gotta love facebook marketplace. I think I'm going to start trying to flip op shop finds for cash, little side hustle. 

Might need to have a collab between KJ and Macklemore for who pops the most tags in the Thrift Shop! Those are some nice snags though, it's just a way better adult version of Trash and Treasure from primary school fetes back in the day!


2. How does it feel being known as Indy's partner around the club now that she runs all the fun and successful social functions and you just bowl fast?

Kieren: I've been running/helping with the social committee since I got to the club, so it's nice to have Wickesy getting calls from Gravo and Verve about social events while I take a back seat. In all honesty, it makes my life a lot easier when my partner is involved and enjoys being around the club.

And we are so much better for having both of you being such a big part of the club! You and Wickesy have served the club selflessly since you arrived and we can't thank you enough!


3. We've seen your name in the best batters a little bit recently, what do you put this success with the stick down to?

Kieren: With an average of 49 in 1XI this year I can see why this question came up. I put it down to batting once in preseason, and having a bloody good stick from our boys at Badger Cricket.

Look out Fitta, KJ's coming for ya. Cob might have to re-consider who is more deserving of the elusive 'Gold Badger' sticks from now on! Clearly KJ's been using Dave's bat outside off stump cheat code and hitting big dingers as a result!


4. Did you get a XXXX Gold sponsorship during your time practising up in QLD with all the insta stories you posted enjoying a cold one?

Kieren: Still waiting for the payout from them actually, seems to be a lot of free advertising to the 400 followers I have.

Clearly they weren't aware you're an opening bowler in premier 1s and average 49 with the stick, they missed out on some huge upside there. Although, I'm surprised you weren't cracking open a Bundy Rum like our man Lord Supreme Emperor Capstick who thankfully doesn't uphold some of the stereotypes associated with Bundy was wonderful to have Mrs Lord Supreme Capstick down on Saturday too, proving that the shred, airpod, corporate, RMs, tight tee lifestyle does pay dividends.


5. What's the best part of being an osteopath and are you a crack addict?

Kieren: I think the best part of being an osteo is the small part I play in proving to someone that there injury/pain isn't a death sentence. I'm doing some further study at the moment and explaining the fact that often pain is a terrible indicator of tissue health to people in pain is very fulfilling. I am not a crack addict haha, I can do that, but I think the more I learn about persistent pain, the further I move away from hands on therapy.

Pain management is a really interesting space and its always great to pick eachothers minds when we play together. Maybe KJ and Physioworks could combine to improve injury prevention/recovery. Just a couple of healthcare professionals, saving lives, no biggie!


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

Kieren: I'd be under the pump with you Jack, being a dietitian. I do love cooking though. I've recently acquired a Matty Mathieson cookbook, so I'd be pulling that out and having a crack at something in there.

In the summer weather, Wickesy and I do love a thai beef salad.

Matty Mathieson is hilarious, his emmy's speech this week for 'The Bear' was gold. I'd love to see what you could re-produce of his. I'd feel more confident heading to your place than say Jim's. A love of cooking is so underrated!


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

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