1sts lost the toss and found themselves bowling first again up at Plateau Park. They took on Wakehurst Green (ex Dee Why) for the second time this season. Plateau started well through a few early breakthroughs to openers Richards and R Dunn and had Wakehurst 3/36. That brought Wakehurst batsman Mahajan to the crease who proceeded to play a fantastic innings. With the help of some smaller contributions from other batsmen, they began to pile on the runs. CPCC eventually bowled Wakehurst out in the 70th over for 339, Mahajan unbeaten on 162. Nathan Logan took 3/63 including a broken stump, other wickets were shared around.
A promising start to the run chase was made on day 2 with openers Carden and Bennetts putting on 68 for the first wicket. Bennetts and captain Brodie Elliott then had a 116 run partnership for the 2nd wicket. When Bennetts was dismissed for 86, Plateau were 2/184. From there a lift in the run rate was needed. Minnett was unfortunately caught just within the boundary with 23 and then Elliott was dismissed for 74. Fitzpatrick and Moss joined each other at the crease and began to find the boundary with regularity. At one stage, at 5/309, it looked like they were going to cruise Plateau to victory, but then there was another turn. They were dismissed for 34 and 44 respectively in quick succession. The lower order wasn’t able to continue proceedings and all of a sudden we were 9 fa and looking to survive the final couple of overs for a draw. Richards and Eady were able to do that in high pressure circumstances, and 1sts held on for 3 points in what was an exciting game of cricket.
3rds were up against the top team Wakehurst Red at Nolans 4, in a one dayer. They did well the contain Wakehurst to 135 (Sheppard 2/9, other wickets shared). Trouble struck during Plateau’s run chase as Wakehurst bowler Dunne proceeded to go through the top and middle order, leaving us in dire straits at 8/28. Sheppard then combined with Matt Jackson to restore respect to the innings. They scored 28 and 31 respectively before being dismissed. Unfortunately CPCC finishing on 89.
Next door at Nolans 3, Blue lost the toss and found themselves in the field. They took regular wickets through Cromer’s innings and bowled them out for 177 at the end of day 1, with Ben Summers and Matt Moore both taking 3/28. On day 2, after a couple of early wickets, it was once again the Blake Conde show. His second consecutive hundred led Blue to a comfortable 6 wicket victory with 20 overs to spare. Blake’s 105* was supported by James Humberstone (23) and Damon Steel (33).
It was a tough couple of days at the office for Gold at Lionel Watts. They batted first against Wakehurst and were unfortunately bowled out for 83. Captain Andrew Cameron provided some resistance, scoring 27. They were then able to restrict Wakehurst’s scoring rate to just 3 an over as they looked for a declaration. Matt Jackson (playing week 1 for 4ths) took 2/7 off 6 and John Heiniger took 2/30. Wakehurst declared at 7/158 after 53 overs. They didn’t leave enough overs to bowl Plateau out for the outright, and the game finished with CPCC 5/84 in their second innings.
In a great day for our 5th Grade side, they produced their first victory of the season by beating Forest convincingly. Plateau scored 4/121 off their 30 overs (C Huxley 29*, B Henley 27, M Thomson 21). The young bowling attack then put in a fantastic performance to bowl Forest out for just 82. Rishi Raju took 4/9 off 5, Jujhaar Singh 2/25 off 5 whilst others chipped in for 1 each. Congrats to 5ths and we hope to see more great performances coming up soon!