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The Swoop Newsletter - Round 3 2023/24

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First XI: Despite some nervous moments, the First XI were able to secure first innings points against Kingston Hawthorn in a thrilling finish. Resuming at 7/92 chasing 107, the visitors struck almost immediately, bringing Tom Nelson to the crease. Enter Ben Shields, who carried his form from the previous week to hit the remaining runs single-handedly, supported by Tom who successfully faced out 15 deliveries. Ben was dismissed for a match-winning 41 after the Magpies went ahead, prompting a declaration from the skipper which sent the game into a second innings. The boys made early inroads, with Will Walker taking a wicket with the very first ball of the innings. However, the Hawks held their nerve to prevent us from chasing an outright victory. Incredibly, ‘Bill’ took 6/33 to finish up with 11 wickets for the match, leaving him top of the Victorian Premier Cricket bowler rankings after two rounds. Well done lads! Second XI: The 2s were also successful on the weekend, achieving a comfortable first innings victory. Chasing 179, the opening pair of Swapnil Challa and Griffin McComb put on 97 for the first wicket, taking the game away from the Hawks. Swappy (61) and Griff (52) were both dismissed, but the likes of Jack Di Stefano (50*), Akshay Kodoth (39*) and Hamish Burrill (16) all ensured that the target was easily reached. With ample time remaining, the Pies declared 44 runs ahead and had a second crack at Kingston’s batting line-up. Early wickets provided hope, but ultimately the teams shook hands with Kingston 4/146 in the second dig. Regardless, it was a comprehensive performance from the 2nd XI. Third XI: Resuming at 5/260, the 3s were chasing quick runs when bizarre circumstances interrupted play. As you may have seen on the news, a deliberate car fire was lit opposite Watson Park on Saturday morning, forcing the teams off the field as fire engines rushed to the scene. Once play resumed again the batsmen went to work, ploughing a further 31 runs in four overs before captain Cann declared with the score at 6/291. Opening speedster Lucas Harrison took full advantage of the new ball to claim two early wickets, but after that it was tough going as a couple of new faces showed their quality for Kingston. ‘George’ Harrison (3/69) never stopped trying, steaming in for 18 overs, however it was a game for the batters, with the Hawks running down a lofty target with five wickets and a few overs to spare. One senses that our boys will be better for the run, after what was a hard-fought two-day affair. Fourth XI: The closest finish of the round came in the 4s, with Bob’s men prevailing by just a single wicket at Highett Reserve. Two early wickets were far from ideal as the Pies pursued Kingston’s 193, but experienced wicket keeper batsman Ben Tricarico came in and anchored the innings at three, compiling 50 off 99 balls. With support from Tom Sheehan (35) and Lucas Jones (21), the 4s crept towards the target, losing wickets regularly throughout the course of the day. Runs were required from the tail and those prayers were answered – captain Capstick contributed 19, and debutant Beau Metcalf chipped in with 14. Despite those efforts, club stalwart Anton Ponnamperuma strode to the crease at no. 11 with three runs still required for victory. It was never in doubt, with the newly promoted Anton finding the boundary to seal a special victory for the 4th XI.

U19 Vic Metro Selection

Congratulations to Atharv Desphande and Jack Lyndon on their selections in the U19 Victorian Metro Squad for the upcoming National Championships in December. Atharv joined the Pies this year and has opened the batting in the first two 1st XI games of the season. He demonstrates a balance of power and class at the crease and we can't wait for him to go big this season. Jack was a late addition into the Vic trial squad this year after impressing late last season in our 2nd XI. Jack's determination to improve and willingness to seek feedback is the backbone of his selection in the squad. The Magpie family are super proud of both of you and we are looking forward to seeing you make an impact in Albury for Victoria. The carnival will run from November 30 to December 7.

Welcome to Jack's Q&A Corner brought to you this week by Chemist Warehouse Camberwell. I was joined this week by leading wicket taker at the club for 2022/23, genuine quick and quiet achiever, Lucas Harrison. 1. Do you enjoy the nickname George after George Harrison of the Beatles and do you have a favourite Beatles song? Lucas: It's definitely grown on me but it's hard to trust a bloke with 3 first names. Favourite Beatles song would be 'Hey Jude' except when it's sung by the Barmy Army. Good pick, I'm more of a 'When I Saw Her Standing There' kind of man but the na na naaas of 'Hey Jude' are iconic! 2. How many calf raises do you do daily to maintain the exceptional calf width you possess? Lucas: Let's just say there is a reason we got bigger dumbbells in the magpies gym over the offseason. Quality over quantity. And here I was thinking Griff was 'King of the Shred', when Calf King Harro's been hitting the church of iron more than all of us! 3. What is your favourite hobby outside of cricket? Lucas: I enjoy camping and overnight hiking when I get the chance. I was shattered to miss out on the Kilmore camping experience this year. A great hobby to have but tough to do during the season and yes Kilmore is always a fun weekend away to start the year. 4. Your figures last year of 7-12 were the third best in CMCC history. Was there any reason you didn't take the other 3? Lucas: Verve currently holds the record. Didn't want to take away his glory. Getting ahead of Bob was enough for me. Like Verve needed another excuse to remind us how good he was but yes, beating Bob is tough these days! 5. Have you ever played a musical instrument? If so what was it and were you any good? Lucas: Played a year of trombone during school and never quite got the hang of it so had to hang up the brass. I started playing the guitar as a lockdown hobby and continue to learn the craft and it continues to question my musicality. Maybe the Harrison musical legacy lives on in you! Can't wait for you serenade us in song post game one day! 6. If I come over for dinner, what are you cooking for me? Lucas: I'd probably go with a spaghetti carbonara. For dessert, my cheesecake usually goes alright but since you're a dietitian Jack, I might stick with a fruit salad. How nice of you to reference a Wiggles classic! A fruit salad is yummy yummy but you might have some tough competition in club sponsor Mimi's for that carbonara. Thankyou to Lucas for playing! Who will be next on Q&A Corner? Find out in next weeks newsletter.......

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