FIRST XI: The 1s hosted Carlton at McQueen Park last weekend, sent in to bat first after losing the toss. Early wickets have been our enemy all season and that trend continued as we slumped to 4/46, but the in-form Liam Fitzpatrick was still at the crease, and he set about resurrecting the innings. It was almost like Fitzy was batting on a different pitch to his teammates, scoring freely on his way to 91 off 112 balls to single handedly manufacture a total of 156 for the bowlers to defend. The bowling innings started promisingly with wickets to Will Walker and Kieren Jamieson, but Carlton had their own anchor in Evan Gulbis, who helped steer the ship despite regular wickets at the other end. The Blues eventually completed the chase with four wickets in hand, but not before Jack Lyndon returned the excellent figures of 3/21 in an attention-grabbing spell.
The First XI now sit 14th on the table ahead of a clash with the similarly placed Dandenong this weekend.
SECOND XI: Skipper Griffin McComb won the toss for the 2s at Princes Park, and his call to bat first was rewarded handsomely. Kiwi opener Henry Walsh put up his best performance in Camberwell colours, scoring a quickfire 68 to set the tone before James Wiseman (80 off 73) and Adit Pawha (105 off 89) dominated the middle overs, propelling the Pies to an imposing total of 5/303. It was Adit’s second century of the season, and a sensational return from a hamstring injury. Carlton made a fast start in reply, but the wickets soon began to fall and only a century from one of the openers held the chase together. Eventually the weight of a climbing required run rate became too much, the Camberwell bowlers combining to dismiss Carlton for 224. Kevin Prior took three wickets to lead the attack, while each of the quicks were among the poles.
The Second XI cemented their spot in the top eight with the win, moving up to fifth with three rounds remaining.
THIRD XI: The 3s looked to get their season back on track at Watson Park on Saturday, batting first in familiar conditions. The innings was building well at 2/59, but a collapse of 5/31 shifted the game back into Carlton’s favour. Late order runs from Ben Tricarico (32), Tom Vanderslik (22) and Lucas Harrison (16) pushed the score up to 181, which was still below par. Early wickets were required and unfortunately, they did not come, with the Blues cruising to an eight-wicket win.
The loss leaves the Third XI 16th with three games to go, a finals berth now out of reach.
FOURTH XI: The 4s won the toss and elected to bat on a flat-looking Princes Park pitch and made a fast start thanks to Tom Donaldson (32 off 30). Once he was dismissed, however, the innings lost its momentum, and the surface began to play some tricks. From 0/42, the Fourth XI lost 10/63 to be 105 all out, and Carlton appeared to have the upper hand. What unravelled next had to be seen to be believed. The Blues were cruising at 1/42 but then wickets began to fall as the runs dried up, with spinners Luke Prior, Anton Ponnamperuma and Lucas Jones taking over, spinning the ball sharply. Two wickets each to Prior and Jones tore through the Carlton middle order, before Dan ‘Floods’ Walker returned to wipe out the tail and secure a miraculous 12-run win.
The Fourth XI are seventh on the table, and now have the confidence to attack the remaining fixtures in pursuit of finals qualification.
U16/U18 REPRESENTATIVE TEAM UPDATE
Our U16 Dowling Shield team finished their carnival this week in a tough semi-final loss to Richmond. The team finished first in Pool A with 4 wins from 5 games and did the club very proud!
The U18 Pies weren't as successful finishing 5th in Pool A which brought their tournament to an end last Sunday. The team finished on 10 points with 2 wins from 5 fixtures!
Stay tuned for next weeks newsletter for a full breakdown of our U16 & U18 teams by coach Matt Grose.
Welcome to Jack's Q&A Corner brought to you by Bendigo Bank. This week, I sat down with a man some say is a poor mans Colin de Grandhomme, an underrated all rounder and much valued clubman, it's Mitch Traplin!
1. Did anybody actually know who Travis Kelce was before Taylor Swift started dating him?
Mitch: Even as an avid NFL fan, I did not know who Travis Kelce was until Taylor Swift was plastered all over ESPN every few seconds. I do hear that this Travis guy goes alright, so all the best to him going forward.
For the swifties out their, King Travis (as he is known by the swifterhood now) was a legend well before they became an item. Although, I'm keen for the great love songs that'll come out of this relationship. Also NFL was so boring before this relationship started, I literally only watch NFL now to see all of Taylor's reactions.
2. What would be your number 1 item to have at the lunch/afternoon tea break?
Mitch: I say bring back the classics. Barbecue Shapes.
Oooo controversial that you've picked barbecue over pizza but a very respectable choice. The grade cricketer asked a similar question of the aussies and the best was Big Papa Stoin requesting wagyu and lettuce cups alongside Ashton Agar's request of chardonnay. Would certainly make the final session a bit spicy!
3. You did an excellent job organising Hawaii for Around the World Night! Do you wear that Hawaiian shirt in public or is it just for special occasions like CMCC functions?
Mitch: The Hawaiian shirt has only been worn for the Around the World Night. Given how well everyone did in preparing their countries and how great the night was, I believe the Hawaiian shirt should be retired and framed, along with Riddles and Swappys get ups also.
A fair call and yes it was a brilliant night. Speaking of things that should be retired, Griff's camo croc's come to mind.....
4. How was your time in Adelaide last week watching the test and do you plan on channelling any of the godlike powers you acquired in the 'city of churches' into gameday?
Mitch: Adelaide was great fun. Getting to watch the only two full days of the test was great. Sadly, no godlike powers have been brought back to Victoria, no matter how many churches I could’ve visited.
A shame that no holy powers were acquired although sitting on the hill for a couple of days would've been very cool. A man who does hold some god like powers is our man Lord Emperor Supreme Edmund Capstick of the 4th XI who's name is scarily similar to Edmund Rice, who for those Kevinian's at the club, would know how blessed the name is!
5. If I come over for dinner, what are you cooking for me?
Mitch: Like 99% of those you’ve had answer your questions, I’ll compete with them and put my hat in the ring and say I’d cook a porterhouse steak and roast potatoes.
A popular answer but the difference might be the roast potatoes! I know if you ask my girlfriend, nothing beats her yiayia's roast potatoes so if you can produce anything remotely similar it'll be a winner.
Thankyou to Mitch for playing! Who will be next on Q&A Corner? Find out in next weeks newsletter.......
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