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The Swoop Newsletter - Round 6 2023/24

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First XI: The 1s played out a thrilling draw against Melbourne University, following two similar results for the 3s and 4s last weekend. Bowling first at University Oval, the boys overcame an indifferent start by reducing Uni to 5/139 thanks to three quick wickets from Tom Nelson who backed up his match winning performance from the previous week. Unfortunately, dropped catches allowed a century stand to follow, putting Melbourne Uni back in the driver’s seat as they declared on 8/325. Tom finished with four wickets for the second match running – well done mate! In reply, openers Swapnil Challa and Atharv Deshpande were circumspect early, seeing off the new ball before both fell in quick succession. Reeling at 3/43, enter skipper Shorye Chopra and Liam Fitzpatrick. Convinced that a victory was still within reach, the star pair put on 222 for the fourth wicket – a club record – with both topping the ton. When Chop was dismissed for 111 the match was right in the balance, Camberwell needing sevens and eights for an upset win with less than 10 overs to play. Unfortunately, none of the incoming batsmen were able to get going, and the boys finished the day nine runs short of the target and a deserved six points. Fitzy was unbeaten on 147 off 160 balls, a herculean effort from the vice-captain. The result leaves the First XI 10th on the table, with a crunch clash against the similarly placed Richmond to come this weekend. Second XI: The 2s powered to a comfortable victory at McQueen Park, defeating Melbourne University by 81 runs. Sent in to bat, openers Jack Di Stefano and Akshay Kodoth got the lads off to a strong start, as each of the top four batsmen got a start. Coming in at 2/71, James Wiseman threatened to be the gamebreaker again, racing to 36 off 35 balls before falling as the fifth wicket with the score on 139. As it turned out, the defining innings would come from Hamish Burrill, who stepped up with 70* to anchor the rest of the innings. Buzz’s knock guided us to 258, a competitive total despite the small boundaries in play. Superb bowling ensured that Uni never got close – wickets fell regularly, shared by all five bowlers with Kieren Jamieson (3/21) the pick of the bunch. The last wicket fell at 177, six points propelling the Second XI into the top four after five rounds. Third XI: After a tough start to their 2023/24 campaign, the 3s finally recorded their first win of the season at Princes Park. Captain Tom Vanderslik won the toss and chose to bowl and his bowlers were up for the fight, keeping things tight early before turning the screws further in the middle overs. Fiery fast bowler Hasnain Khalid made two vital breakthroughs with the score at 50, setting the stage for Slik to pivot to spin. The skipper took two wickets of his own, supported by fellow tweaker Kye Walford, before leg spinner Sam Olsen came into the attack, bamboozling the batters on his way to 4/31. The spin to win approach – spin accounted for the final 27 overs of Uni’s innings – paid dividends, as the final total was a meagre 129. Sam and Rav made a positive start, quickly reaching 40 before the wickets began to tumble. From 1/60 the Pies collapsed to 6/80, leaving Mitch Traplin (22*) to steady the chase. Supported by captain fantastic, Trap saw us home by two wickets, an important win in the context of the season. Fourth XI: The 4s had a day to forget at Watson Park, losing by five wickets. Sent in by Melbourne Uni, the batting innings yielded disappointment as Camberwell were bowled out for just 92. Continuing his strong start to the season, Max Burn took two early wickets to give the boys hope but it was not enough. Despite a few more wickets falling, Uni got home comfortably, relegating the Fourth XI to seventh spot on the table. Let’s bounce back against Richmond this week!

Congratulations to William Walker who plays his 200th game for the club this weekend against Richmond! Bill has been a stalwart of the CMCC 1st XI attack for the past 13 years and has shown no signs of ageing, sitting 4th in the comp for wickets taken after 5 rounds. Bills relentless desire to improve, passion for the game and loveable character have made him one of the clubs all time great players. In his time, Bill has made the Premier Team of the Season, won the Radcliffe Grace trophy 2x, been named in the CMCC team of the decade (2007-2016) and represented Victoria in the 2nd XI. Bill, you are a legend of this club and the CMCC community thanks you for your service on and off the field with many games still to come. All the best on Saturday and go Pies!

The Camberwell Magpies invite you to join us on Sunday December 17th from 2pm for Christmas Drinks at the newly renovated Auburn Hotel! All are invited so bring some festive cheer! We can't wait to see you there 🎅🏼🎄 #christmas #hohoho #auburnhotel

Welcome to Jack's Q&A Corner brought to you by Bendigo Bank. This week, I sat down with one of the more intelligent members of the CMCC community, probably the best runner this side of Kenya and a cover drive to top that, it's James Wiseman! 1. Fresh off 124, how many of those runs would you attribute to Dave's "plant the front leg and pull" shot? James: Certainly, the majority of the runs scored would have to be attributed to Daves “Plant the front leg pull shot” philosophy. It's certainly hit cult status in 2nd grade. Makes batting pretty bloody easy once you master this simple stroke as evidenced by Jim a few Saturday's ago! 2. What's been the biggest challenge for you living out of home? James: The biggest challenge to living out of home has definitely been adjusting to living in a new suburb and everything that comes with that including finding new coffee shops, places to shop and transportation. Yeh must be tough moving out of Toorak. Not really much happening around there and pretty low socioeconomic status community so I imagine you've been feeling more safe on the bus compared to the Toorak Tesla's. And yeh must be hard not having your groceries airlifted from Woolies every week to your front door, you've actually gotta go the store now! 3. Have you managed to upgrade from a single bed or do you enjoy the nostalgia of sleeping like an 8 year old with dinosaur sheets? James: Yes, the upgrade to a double bed was well overdue. I’ve certainly noticed the difference a good night’s sleep can make. Glad that the size difference was noticed. A bit more wiggle room for Jim and his ted! 4. You are one of the smarter players at the club, yet we common folk are often unsure if you are messing with us with your classic one liners or if you're serious. So, are you the sarcasm king or just Jim? James: Just Jim And here we were thinking you were 8 steps ahead of us all this time, or maybe you are and still messing with us! 5. What was your favourite memory from your Europe trip a few years ago? James: Favourite memory from my Europe trip would have to be being in Paris when France won the world Cup in 2018. It was crazy to sit back and watch. Something I’m not sure I'll ever be able to experience again. That does sound pretty cool! I hope all our CMCC community planning a Europe trip for next year are in Paris around Olympics time too! 6. If I come over for dinner, what are you cooking for me? James: Depending on what night of the week you come over, but I pride myself on cooking a good spag bol on a Friday night before cricket. If you pride yourself on Friday, good luck to whoever comes on Monday. Jim brings the leftovers of his "spag bol", if it's legal to call it that, for lunch on gameday and the sauce to meat ratio is borderline criminal. If you find a bit of penne pasta that's touched a tomato in its life you'd be pretty lucky. #cmonjim #spagbolsnotthathard #carbloading #science #smithy #housemates #americanexpress #wiseynamedit #thisisforyoujimandsmithy Thankyou to Jim for playing! Who will be next on Q&A Corner? Find out in next weeks newsletter.......

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