The club is buzzing after a momentous Round of “Searing Heat” against Camberwell Magpies in Round 14. Not only did every side record victory against the club sitting on top of the Club Championship, the 1st XI also recorded a stunning upset outright win at Camberwell in what was a fighting bottom vs top performance. A reward for a lot of hard work, demonstrating the talent and capabilities of the squad.
With four wins in Round 14, there had to be many contributors, including:
So many great individual performaces, combining with four great team efforts, to earn our second Searing Heat of the season! Well done to all involved!
With three games to go, the 1st XI sit 17th on the ladder with 20 points from 3 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses. But if a few things had fallen our way this season, the win/loss picture would look quite different.
A 10 run loss in Round 2 against Footscray Edgewater, a 6 run Duckworth/Lewis loss in Round 4 to Melbourne University, a draw in Round 7 where we fell 8 runs short of a successful run chase against Kingston Hawthorn, a 2 run loss in Round 10 to Ringwood, a 3 run loss in Round 11 at home to Northcote, and a draw in Round 12 against Essendon where we were only 2 wickets from victory shows it has been a season of very close near misses and a tale of what could have been. It gives a promising outlook that the young squad are not far away from the mark, and could have easily been sitting in the finals picture this year.
Leading run scorers:
Matthew Gapes (435 @ 31.07), Luke Walker (427 @ 32.85), Liam Tonkin (365 @26.07), Dale Elmi (302 @ 21.57).
Leading wicket takers:
Ben Ashkenazi (18 @ 29.33), Jackson Mockett (14 @ 32.00), Jake Wood (9 @ 20.67), Brodie Symons (9 @ 23.22).
The 2nd XI remain on top of the ladder, continuing their perfect start to the season to now have 9 wins and 53 points. If not for a devastating 10 run loss to Carlton in Round 13, FPCC would’ve reached the white ball final to add to the achievements this season. The side has had terrific leadership from first year captain Sam Wiese. They have considerable depth with the batting, and a range of talented bowling options. They pressure their opposition, and have comfortably won many of their matches. They are looking for a big finish to the season to ensure a top two finish and a home Quarter Final.
Gordon Waterfall (401 @ 50.13), Rob Salerni (384 @ 34.91), Nathan Harford (313 @ 28.45), Sam Wiese (247 @ 24.70).
Ben Frith (24 @ 14.50), Glyn Trueman (21 @ 17.81), Billy Humphrey (17 @ 10.94), Jake Wood (12 @ 19.67).
The 3rd XI sit in 11th position with 5 wins and 31 points, just 7 points away from the top eight with three games remaining. The season has been highlighted by victories including a fighting two wicket win over Kingston Hawthorn with Harrison Barnes and Matt Robertson steering the side home, a thumping 8 wicket T20 win over Casey South Melbourne, a stunning T20 tie against Ringwood where Matt Foy got the side back in the game, a terrific win over Carlton after the Christmas break setup by a century to Kiefer Peries, and an outstanding bowling effort against Camberwell Magpies to dismiss them for only 124.
Nick Mann (332 @ 33.20), Kiefer Peries (216 @ 54.00), Tom La Brooy (139 @ 34.75), Aaron McIlroy (120 @ 24.00).
Jamin Barron-Toop (19 @ 12.79), Aaron McIlroy (17 @ 16.24), Rohan Simpson (10 @ 24.90), Tim Drummond (9 @ 28.89).
The 4th XI have displayed steady form all season to have 8 wins on the board and sit in fourth position on the ladder with 43 points. The side has won five of the last six matches and look to be well set for another finals campaign.
Alex Hands (317 @ 39.63), Steve Dagys (224 @ 44.80), Patrick Skelly (214 @ 21.40), Simon Draycott (177 @ 19.67).
Jack Lavery (20 @ 14.80), Perminder Singh (14 @ 27.50), Alex Hands (7 @ 22.57).
Excellent Individual Performances:
So far this season there have been many outstanding individual on-field performances including:
Cameron Gannon 1st XI Debut:
It was great to welcome Cameron Gannon to the 1st XI for Round 13 against Carlton. Cameron is a tall all rounder, who has been in the Queensland Bulls squad since his First Class debut in 2010. He played BBL with Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Renegades before moving to Melbourne Stars for this season’s BBL 06. Cameron bowled well with the new ball in an economical spell, before top scoring in the middle order with 44 off 43 balls.
Scott Boland and Jon Holland have been having great seasons again in the Sheffield Shield, to help see the side on top of the ladder at the Christmas Break. Scott also played well for Melbourne Stars in the BBL, who unfortunately lost to Perth Scorchers in the Semi Final. Jon is about to return from a foot injury and continue his excellent Sheffield Shield season.
John Hastings suffered a season ending knee injury playing for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield at Hobart, which unfortunately ruled him out of BBL06 and the Australian ODI side. Matthew Wade has re-established himself into the Australia Test and ODI teams, and recently scored his maiden ODI century in Brisbane against Pakistan. Matthew has just announced that he will be returning to his home state of Tasmania at the end of Season 2016/17 for family reasons. We wish him all the best for the move.
Searing Heat vs Casey South Melbourne:
The T20 fixture in Round 9 vs Casey South Melbourne saw the squad achieve a Searing Heat of four wins against our local rivals Casey South Melbourne, the second year in a row that the club has achieved this feat against Casey. Here is the squad photo following the achievement.
WNCL – ACT Meteors vs Queensland Fire:
It was a terrific occasion for the club to host a WNCL match in November between ACT Meteors and Queensland Fire. It was a very competitive match in which ACT got the points after a very entertaining innings from Katie Mack who received the player of the match award (right). Both sides and Cricket Victoria were extremely complimentary of the facilities and hospitality. Hopefully we will be able to host further high profile matches going forward.
VCCL Country Week:
In an exciting announcement for local cricket, the MPCA will now play their first two Country Week matches at Butler Oval on January 30 and 31. This presents a great opportunity to come down and watch the local representative team try and win their way back to the Country Week Final. It was great to host the squad in a practice match on January 22 to enable them to have valuable match practice on turf.
Congratulations to Nick Boland who has been selected to represent Victoria at the Imparja Cup in the National Indigenous Cricket Championships, to be held in Alice Springs from February 5 to 11.
Pathway State Championships – South East Country Sharks:
In what is very exciting news for the South East Country Region, both the Under 18 and Under 16 have won their way through to the State Grand Finals after excellent performances in the week long carnival.
The Under 16’s will travel to Geelong to play their Grand Final on January 29. The Under 18’s will have the thrilling opportunity to play the state final at the MCG on February 5.
Well done to FPCC batsman Ryan Hammel (pictured below) who was the leading run scorer for the week for the Under 16’s with 168 runs and a top score of 58. The side also had the chance to discuss tactics with Shane Warne!
In the Under 18’s, FPCC batsmen Tom Ewing (226 runs) (pictured below right), Matthew Foy (163 runs) and Ned Shannon and Sam Sturt (128 runs) anchored the batting for the week, to steer the team into the final. Max Cairns, Andrew Smith, Patrick Nagel and Rohan Simpson also had a great week with the ball.
Congratulations to Tim Spear:
Well done to our bowling development coach Tim Spear (left) who, representing Victoria, recently won the Australian Over 60’s Championships in Perth!
Fundraising Bunnings BBQ:
A successful fundraising day at Bunnings yesterday for the Club. Thanks to all who were rostered with many volunteering extra time. In particular those who filled gaps in the afternoon shift and stayed to clean and pack up. Your efforts are acknowledged and appreciated!
Darren Berry Specialist Sessions:
It has been great to have regular specialist coaching sessions with Darren Berry this season, thanks to funding received from the Australian Cricketers Association. He has covered valuable topics including leadership, captaincy, fielding, wicket keeping, T20 tactics and more.