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The Swoop Newsletter - Round 18 Edition 2023/24

FIRST XI: The 1s hosted Northcote at McQueen Park in their latest two-day fixture, batting first. After losing an early wicket, opener Tom Scott consolidated with Coby Edmondstone, the pair putting on 61 for the second wicket. While Coby fell for an entertaining 43, Scotty settled in for the long haul, taking his time to build an anchoring innings. Supported by Liam Fitzpatrick (63), Tom fought his way to a maiden CMCC ton, guiding his side to 8/340 off the maximum 100 overs. Boom recruit Alex Ridley produced two quick wickets to give Camberwell hope for an outright win, but the experienced Northcote middle order made the most of favourable conditions to reel our total in with just under five overs to spare. Rids was the pick of the bowlers with 2/80.


SECOND XI: In hot pursuit of a finals berth, the 2s were eager to take the upper hand in their clash against the Dragons at Bill Lawry Oval. However, Northcote had other ideas, powering to 284 after a 115-run opening stand. The total could have been even larger if not for Hamish Burrill and Will Troy – the duo took four wickets each, Will producing his best spell for the club. In reply, Atharv Deshpande led the way with a steely 67, following up his 75 from the week before. It was to no avail though, as the remaining batsmen bar Jim Wiseman (42) failed to make an impact, resulting in a 119-run loss.

The Second XI are still well positioned to make the final eight, sitting eighth with one round remaining. A win will almost ensure qualification, while a loss would leave us relying on Northcote to lose their remaining fixture.


THIRD XI: The 3s hosted Northcote at Watson Park, where the Dragons elected to bat first. It turned out to be a fruitful decision, as Northcote overcame a middle order collapse to tally 285. Skipper Tom Vanderslik was the standout for Camberwell, taking 5/35 in a true captain’s display. While others struggled to contain the flow of runs, Slik conceded less than two runs per over – a rounded bowler’s performance. Unfortunately, he was left to do much of the work with the bat as well, after the Magpies slumped to 6/22. Tom stood up to accumulate a fighting 38, putting on 72 with fast bowler Lucas Harrison (43*). It was not enough to prevent a crushing loss, as we finished up on 126.


FOURTH XI: Fighting for their spot in the top eight, the 4s were asked to bowl first on a scorching day at Mayer Park. Despite the testing conditions, Bob Capstick’s men managed to take wickets consistently throughout the day, restricting the Dragons to 239 on a flat pitch with a lightning-fast outfield. Spinners Luke Prior (3/67), Anton Ponnamperuma and Tom Mariadason were all exceptional, while the quicks toiled admirably in the heat. Tom Donaldson got us off to a flying start on the evening of Day 1, but he was forced to retire due to being unavailable for Week 2. In his absence, the top order struggled on the second morning, before left-handers Tom Sheehan and James Jarrett combined. The pair put on 100 to change the momentum, and after Shifter’s dismissal for 45, the ever-reliable Dan Walker stepped up to deliver another clutch knock. Floods made 41, pushing us past Northcote’s score, before some real fun was had. Anagh Wadhwa made 39*, but the real story was Anton Ponnamperuma, who celebrated his 150th game with a career-high score of 25. Congratulations Ton, your stroke play was a pleasure to witness.

The Fourth XI are similarly placed to the 2s, chasing a win this round to lock in a finals berth.

Congratulations to Anton Ponnamperuma who played his 150th game for the club last round!

Anton debuted in the 2008-09 season and has since been the icon of the 4th XI. Across 150 games Anton has compiled 220 wickets and fittingly made his highest score for the club (25) on Saturday in game 150! Anton is one of the kindest, loyal and funniest people you will meet and is a reason why so much success from a team and individual perspective, has sprouted from the 4s! He is the heart and soul of our club and is ageing like a fine wine!

Well done Anton, you are a life member and multi award winner at the Pies and we love every second you spend with us!

CMCC Ball 2024

Join us on Saturday 24th February at the Hawthorn Hotel for our annual ball.

Dress - Jacket & Tie


Single Ticket - $125

Couples Ticket $240

Each ticket includes:

  • 2 course meal

  • 2hrs of selected beer, wine and soft drink

  • 1x CMCC raffle ticket

As part of the night, we will be running a raffle with each ticket including 1x raffle ticket. The raffle prizes are:

First Prize - $1000 cash

Second Prize - $500 cash

If you would like to purchase raffle tickets individually, this can be done via the link below, the cost of a single raffle ticket is $30.


Please direct any queries to Mark Graven (, Reuben Jamieson (0490 962 763) or Indy Wickes (

To purchase your ticket to the CMCC Ball 2024 click the link below

Welcome to Jack's Q&A Corner brought to you by Hark Media. This week, I sat down with another quiet achiever, our first XI keeper and favourite kiwi at the club, it's Ben Shields!


1. Are kiwi fruits actually better in New Zealand?

Ben: 100%


Short and to the point, I like it! I am a big skin on and eat it like an apple man but I understand people don't enjoy the furry mouth feel.


2. Do you have any thoughts on Lewis Hamiltons move to Ferrari for 2025?

Ben: Rate it. Hopefully he wins an 8th World Championship with them.

I agree, would be a fitting send off if he could bring the Tifosi their first drivers championship since Schumacher and also overtake him with 8 championships too! So much drama already and the F1 season hasn't even started!


3. Do you think you have the best beard at the club?

Ben: No doubt. No one else is even in the picture.

Confidence is key. It's channeling Bobs tight polo, airpods, RM's friday night gym session vibe and I love it. Bad luck Verve and anyone else who thinks they can grow a beard.


4. Often wicket keepers are short and nimble, how did you get into keeping and what are the advantages of tall keepers?

Ben: I became sick of snicking off for no runs and having to field for the rest of the day. So decided to pickup the gloves. It’s far more entertaining.

Bit of height helps make us look like a better fielding side… tidying up a few wayward throws.


Well we could definitely use the extra length in the 2nd XI with the way Griff throws em in from cover, boy oh boy! But keeping keeps you in the game and always nice to know you can contribute in more than one way.

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

Ben: Beef Massaman curry

No messing around, here, straight to it! Sounds delish, keeping it vague with just the title gives it a slightly mysterious feel which keeps everyone intrigued! Would be keen for it! 

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

The Toyota Good For Cricket Raffle is back for another year! Tickets cost $5 each and can be purchased via the link below. The club receive's 100% of the proceeds and you go into the draw to win some amazing prizes, including 3 new Toyota's! Now that's Good for Cricket!

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