This week saw some shuffling in our lower grades as we introduced a 5th team for the season. The new side, comprising of a number of under 16-18 juniors and fathers, slots into 5th Grade in place of the previous “Development Team” who move up to 4th Grade and become “4ths Gold”. Many thanks to MWCA for accommodating our late entry. Its great to see the Plateau have 5 senior teams once again.
On a rather disorganised day that saw a few late arrivals, first time CPCC captain Fitzpatrick thankfully won the toss and batted at Lake Park. Wickets fell steadily through the innings which never really got started. A steadying 27* from Harry Dunn helped the Plateau limp to 7/113. In the field we made some early inroads and had Wakehurst 4/25 before a steadying 5th wicket partnership brought the score up to 77 and the target within sight. Despite some additional late wickets, Wakehurst passed the total 7 down after 27 overs. Jeff Porter-Denning was the pick of the bowlers with 3/23 off his 7.
In the story of the round, 3rds won the toss and batted at Terrey Hills. It wasn’t long before it started raining boundaries. Adam Morrison, usually known for his bowling, opened the batting and made the most of the opportunity. He combined with Kesh Ratnavibushena batting at 3 to bring the score to 97 before Kesh was dismissed for 22. That brought Adam Sheppard to the crease and the real destruction began. In what will be hard to beat as the partnership of the year, the Adams blasted the CPCC total to 257 – a partnership of 160. Adam Morrison claimed his first century and finished on 110 not out whilst Adam Shepard fell agonisingly short of his ton, reaching 98 not out at the end of the innings.
Terrey Hills went hard in their chase as they also found the boundary with regularity. The first wicket didn’t fall until their score was at 104, thanks to a Sheppard run out. It was yet another 100 runs later when the next two wickets fell – and guess who, it was Sheppard who claimed them both. Needing 15 to win off the last over Terrey Hills could only manage 7, with Adam Shep capping off his day by bowling that over and claiming another run out on the final ball.
Plateau were sent in by Mona Vale at Kitchener Park and despite 32 from opener Blake Conde it looked like 4’s woes with the bat had carried over into a second week when they found themselves 7/82. John Brooks (36*) and Ben Summers (29*) then combined for an unbeaten 8th wicket partnership of 72 to steer CPCC to a handy score of 7/154. In the field wickets were hard to come by with the first not falling until Mona Vale had reached 87. 3 run outs after this kept Plateau’s hope alive but unfortunately Mona were able to pass the total on the first ball of the last over, 4 wickets down.
Previously our 5th Grade “Development Team”, our new 4ths Gold side faced Cromer at Nolans 2 in their first 4th Grade challenge. Cromer won the toss and batted and thanks to some tight bowling CPCC were able to contain them to just 6/126 off their 35 overs. U15 junior Ollie Fairchild was the pick of the bowlers taking 3/16 off 5. The Plateau chase was then led by skipper Andrew Cameron (32) and u16-18 junior Luke Harvey (47*). 4’s Gold passed the Cromer total 6 down on the first ball of the last over to make it a perfect start in their new competition.
Our new 5th Grade team came up against Forest at Plateau Park and were sent in. Mick Thomson glued the innings together with his 56 before bizarrely being out hit wicket to CPCC Masters player Kym Woolf. Other small contributions helped bring the Plateau total to 9/133 off their 30 overs. The innings also saw president Col Huxley batting with son Alec for the first time, albeit briefly, at 10 and 11. Unfortunately CPCC weren’t able to make enough inroads with the ball as Forest cruised to the total 4 down after 27 overs. There were some promising spells by juniors however, with Braeden Thomson taking 2/12 off 4 and Josef Brown 1/9 off 3.
Seniors now have the weekend off for the long weekend before returning for another round of one dayers on the 12th.
Full scores on MyCricket.