Up at Plateau Park on Week 1 against Harbord, 1st Grade Captain Tom Carden sadly lost his first toss of the season with his team being sent into the field. With scores from past rounds at the park in mind and the start Harbord got off to, things were looking ominous as the opening batsman reached a 100 run stand. However Plateau 1sts fought back brilliantly, lead by Nirav Patel recently back from his South Base Camp Hike in Nepal. Clearly the air up there did something beneficial for Nirav as he picked up 5 wickets for the Plateau, helping to dismiss Harbord for 222 and earning him player of the day. A great effort considering the start the visitors were off to. The rest of the wickets were shared around, David Bennets with 2, Jeff Porter-Dennings and Nick Armstrong both with 1 each.
In reply with the bat, 1sts got off to a solid start. They were 1/33 with Tom Carden and Rob Minnet at the crease at stumps.
On day two 1sts were unable to consolidate their start to chase down 222 crumbling to be all out for 114. Captain Tom Carden top scored with 27, with not a great deal going right for our 1sts.
Once again at Melwood, 2nd grade came up against Manly Breakers. Brodie won the toss and elected to bat in windy conditions. Not a great deal went the way of Plateau at Melwood, all out for 147. Andrew Howson was the clear star of the innings notching up his maiden half century for the Plateau and providing a counter attack from number 6 after early wickets fell. A special mention also to Steve Caproni who really dug in and occupied the crease well for his 19.
In reply Breakers were 1/38 at stumps. Matt Richards bowling 3 tight overs, taking the only wicket and ending with figures of 1/1.
2nds were unable to make inroads into the Manly Breakers top order, who reached the Plateau’s score only 3 wickets down. Conrad Meulman provided an inspiring run out from cover to dismiss one of the batsman from the week before in the first few overs, diving to his left to field a well timed cover-drive and then throw to the non-strikers end to the bowler to have the over committed batsman out of his ground. Apart from this the only wicket to fall was off the bowling of Steve Caproni who once again bowled without a lot of luck and beat the edge on multiple occasions. But drop catches really cost 2nd grade and lead to their eventual demise.
3rd grade Blue
Coming off a truly remarkable victory last week, Collaroy Blue found themselves in a spot of bother against Manly Leagues at Nolans 3. Blue won the toss and sent Leagues in who posted 209, notably the last 3 wickets adding 110 of those runs. Captain and front line bowler Matt Moore finished with impressive figure of 5/38 off his 20 overs and was supported well by John Brooks with 2/25 and Rob Steel with 2/35. With 8 overs left in the day to bat, Plateau lost quick wickets to be 3/15 at stumps.
In a tough spot from the week before, Blue were unable to recover, eventually bowled out for 118.
3rd grade Gold
Collaroy Gold also won the toss and decided to send Cromer in to bat at Cromer Park. The decision paid off as a good one with Gold rolling Cromer for 156 in less than 50 overs. Brad Baber starred with the ball taking 5/35 off 14. Michael Wright and Pat Koch also picked up 2 wickets a piece and Ben Blackshaw and Lauchie Allomes had one each.
In reply with the bat, the boys started fairly well, finding themselves 2/84 at stumps with both openers out.
On Day 2 of their game, Gold pushed past Cromer’s score to secure a first innings victory and then looked toward an outright. Lauchlan Murphie starred with 67 and was supported well by Michael Wright with 37. They reached Cromer’s total of 156 at 7 wickets down, before accumulating a 19 run lead and then declaring at the dismissal of Murphie. In Cromer’s second dig to avoid outright, Gold had them reeling at 5/8 with an outright victory looking possible. But with some luck and resistance, Cromer held on to be 9/102 at stumps. Lauchie Allomes took 3 wickets from his 5 overs and was supported well by Koch and Brad Baber with 2 a piece in the second innings and Ben Blackshaw and Murphie chipping in with one a piece. A strong performance from our upcoming players.
4th Grade won the toss and also chose to send St Peters in at Balgowlah Oval. It seemed a fairly good decision, with the Plateau having them all out for 197. Opening bowler Eli Cox starred with the ball taking 5/40 off his 18 overs. Andrew Davis and Nick Baber also shared 2 wickets each and Neasmith picked up 1.
With 11 overs left in the day, 4ths got off to the dream start, finding them 0/36 at stumps. Andrew Cameron raced to 25, clearly smashing a few boundaries into the picket fence of Balgowlah oval backward of point before stumps was called!
Andrew Cameron lead the charge for Plateau 4ths on the weekend notching up his maiden century for CPCC. A beloved clubman that has played across many grades throughout his years at the Plateau it was a great innings from Camo and well celebrated by the boys back at the Builders as he was awarded player of the day! Unbeaten on 101 not out, the end of the game was called with Plateau claiming a 1st innings victory ending on 4/205. Norris Waters continued his consistent year with 38 and Robert Lerpiniere chipped in 29.