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The Swoop Newsletter - Round 4 2023/24

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First XI: The 1s fell short in their clash with Casey South Melbourne at McQueen Park, with the Bloods taking first innings points comfortably. Bowling first on a flat wicket, Day 1 was one of toil for the Magpies bowlers, as each of the Casey top four made it past 40. The quicks worked hard all day – Will Walker, Reuben Jamieson and Tom Nelson each took two wickets. Bill was the standout once again, bowling 30 tight overs to finish with 2/76. After electing to bat into the second day, Casey ultimately declared at 6/355, leaving our boys with a mountain to climb. A win was never really on the cards – early wickets left the Pies reeling, before Ben Shields added some respectability to the scoreline with a classy 83 off 125 balls. No other batter topped 30 as Camberwell were bowled out for 177, a disappointing result. The First XI will be out for redemption next week against Greenvale, as they look to return to winning ways. Second XI: The 2s also suffered a disappointing defeat in their fixture, losing outright at Casey Fields. A first innings total of 72 set the boys up for a long two days, however early wickets reignited the match – Casey were 3/6 in their first dig, until some disciplined middle order batting saw the Bloods pass our score four wickets down. Jack Lydon (5/52) ensured that Casey didn’t surge too far ahead, declaring at 9/213. Unfortunately, our 2nd XI were unable to turn things around in their second innings, losing all 10 wickets for just 102 as Casey claimed maximum points. It’s bound to be a big week on the track as the 2s prepare for their first home fixture of the season. Third XI: The 3s played out a thriller at Watson Park, with the match see-sawing across the two days. Taking the ball on Day 1, Camberwell produced a disciplined bowling performance, dismissing Casey for 227 right on the eve of stumps. Kevin Prior was the pick of the bowlers with 4/54, while Mitch Traplin (2/35) made early inroads to set up a positive day. It wasn’t just the bowlers making things happen in Ashburton – Rav was electric in the field, setting up two dismissals. Confident of chasing a sub-par score on Day 2, the boys were shocked to find out that the sprinklers had been left on the night before, creating unexpectedly difficult batting conditions. The deck was doing plenty early and Casey took advantage, reducing us to 4/46 with all wickets coming bowled. Although the pitch started to improve, all seemed lost when we headed in for the tea break at 8/86, still over 140 runs short of the target. Little did Casey know, there was still plenty of batting talent at the crease, with Jack Di Stefano coming in at eight due to illness and Kev Prior an underrated tailender. The pair chipped away at the target throughout the afternoon session, batting with patience to take the game deep. Both Jack and Kev passed 50, the latter tallying 73 in his first half century for the club before falling with 26 runs to get. Lucas Harrison supported Jack to take us even closer, until the final wicket fell at 209, our fightback falling just short. That’s two tough losses for the 3rd XI now, but spirits remain high ahead of Round 4. Fourth XI: The 4s secured our only points of the round, recording a 111-run first innings victory at Ross Gregory Oval. Sam Olsen anchored the batting innings with 93, his best score for the club and one of many match-winning efforts to come. Some help from the tail took our total to 212, a competitive score. Our bowlers demonstrated their experience on Day 2, all contributing as the 4th XI dismissed Casey for 101. Respected leaders Bob Capstick and Luke Prior took three wickets each, while Dan ‘Floods’ Walker also got amongst it with 2/28. Forced to bat for 12 overs, we managed 2/47 before the game was called, Sam unbeaten on 12. Three rounds in the Pies sit third on the table, unbeaten alongside Melbourne and Prahran. Great start lads!

A massive congratulations to Jack Lyndon who makes his 1st XI debut this week!

Jack has impressed in the opening 3 rounds, taking 5 fa last round and was recently selected in the Vic Metro U19 squad to play in the national championships! Jack started with us in the Dowling Shield and has worked his way through the grades. A very well deserved selection!

Let em rip young fella and go well this week!


Saturday night was our first social function of the year, our annual CMCC Table Tennis Tournament! Congratulations to our winners Sam Olsen & Sam Jackson (pictured above), you were a class above. It was a bitter sweet victory for Jackson who defeated his dad, Paul, in the final. A battle for the ages! Thankyou to everyone who competed, we had players, partners, friends and even an umpire participate which was fantastic to see! Finally, a massive thankyou to Indy Wickes and the social committee for organising the night, it was a lot of fun for all!

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!

Welcome to Jack's Q&A Corner brought to you by Sherlock Wheelbarrows. This week, I sat down with one of the all time greats, a legend, everyone's favourite fast bowler, life member and current competition leading wicket taker with 16 in 3 rounds, Will Walker! 1. For those who don't know, how long have you been at the club, do you remember your first game and did anything exciting happen? Bill: Been at the club since the 2009/10 season. First game was against Fitzroy Doncaster in the 3rds and had a win, I can’t remember if I did anything tbh. Captain was Bobby Mac which was interesting! Into year 15 and ageing better than Lebron James! I don't reckon many current players would know Bobby Mac but they would definitely know our lord emperor supreme of the 4th XI, Bobby Capstick! 2. Who has had the biggest impact on your cricketing career thus far? Bill: Brendan Drew. When he came to the club I wasn’t truly enjoying the game as much. He showed a passion and drive to make everyone a better playing at the club and brought every single player from 4th grade to 1st grade together and created one big team. Drewy also allowed me to just enjoy the ride of playing at a high standard with my mates. He was a true leader of men. Nothing but respect for Drewy! He was a fantastic coach, brilliant player and is an even better man! 3. When's your next appointment with the optometrist because you seem to see a lot of wickets in the nets the batters don't? Bill: Nothing wrong with me eyes mate, just easy to take wickets off 15 yards in the nets. Those nets are so much fun and definitely not scary at all. I do make sure to not wear my tighty whities on a Tuesday or Thursday! 4. Do you have a go to karaoke song? Bill: Cher - Believe, it’s a classic! Not wrong, it definitely hits! Might need to have a CMCC Karaoke Night to test out those pipes! 5. What is it about cricket and the club that drags you back every season? Bill: Playing with my mates and club functions. Also someone has to drive Kevin to training. Not long now till Kev will be graduating to red P's, fangin it down Camberwell Rd going 41 in the 40 zone! But yes the friends you make at cricket are very special. 6. You recently passed 300 club wickets, firmly cementing yourself in the top 5 wicket takers in the clubs history. That's an amazing achievement, what does it mean to you? Bill: It’s a great honour and nice little reward but I would give up every single one of those wickets for a premiership, and the party after it hahah. Very modest from a true champion of our club! A premiership would be the icing on the cake for an all time career! 7. How much extra pace and scare factor do you think the mo, mullet and tatts combo adds to your bowling? Bill: Zero I reckon the opposition batters would say otherwise when you come steaming in down the Simon Hill, hair flowing, stache blowing and tatts glowing on a Saturday morning! 8. If I come over for dinner, what are you cooking for me? Bill: Thai green curry make the paste from scratch btw. We've finally expanded into an Asian cuisine! Love the paste from scratch. Bill strikes me as an underrated chef, a poor mans Curtis Stone, I could imagine him in a Coles ad promoting 'Bill's Thai Green Curry Paste'! Thankyou to Bill for playing! Who will be next on Q&A Corner? Find out in next weeks newsletter.......

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