No CPCC Senior teams suffered a loss on the first day of cricket season on Saturday, with 3rds, 4ths and 5ths chalking up wins and 1sts playing out a thrilling tie.
1sts won the toss and chose to bat. New recruit and opener Alistair Fitzpatrick hit 91 on debut for the Plateau. His opening partner Ruben Donato scored 29, before stalwart Rob Minnett joined in to notch up another fifty for the Plateau finishing unbeaten on 52. The Plateau looked in trouble late in the game before a wicket maiden from returning fast bowler Jeff Porter-Denning put them back in the running. An eventful last over and a 2 off the last ball saw the scores tied at 217 to conclude the match.
Another toss win for 3rds who also batted first. They struggled early before a middle inning recovery was led by Kesh Ratnavibushena, who hit a career high score of 28, and debuntante Andrew Wheather who whacked 14. The CPCC innings closed at 8/117. A great bowling performance saw the Plateau always in control. Ben Eady, Col Huxley, Adam Morrison (CPCC debut) and Matt Jackson all took 2 wickets a piece and Harbord pulled up short, bowled out for 100 in the last over.
4ths were sent in to bat and made the most of it, scoring 7/169 at Lionel Watts. The innings was dominated by Blake Conde, who is coming off 4 centuries last season, scoring 81* and batting through. Ganesh Raj put on a great display of hitting at the end of the innings, scoring 47* off 30. Wakehurst were then bowled out for 112, with Raj Ganeshrah taking 4/12 and Matt Moore taking 4/31
5ths were also sent in by Wakehurst at Griffith Park. They scored 7/131 off their 30 overs then restricted their opposition to 9/115.
Full scores on MyCricket.