Frankston Peninsula 1st XI claimed 6 points from the available 8 points after the first two Twenty20 matches. Saturday’s match against Melbourne University was abandoned after 15 overs thanks to a sudden deluge which saw the points split. FPCC were 5/72 with Tom Wood 37* when the storm arrived.
On Sunday in the warm and sunny conditions, the 1sts controlled the match from start to finish in front of a large home crowd at Butler Oval. Kingston Hawthorn lost regular wickets to be dismissed for 94 off 18.1 overs. All bowlers contributed brilliantly to setup the win, led by Nick Boland (3/15 off 4), John Hastings (2/9), Brodie Symons (2/15), Jack Benbow (2/19), Jake Wood (1/27) and Ben Ashkenazi (0/9 off 3). Sam Sturt on debut took two high pressure outfield catches and Liam Tonkin was clean as always with the gloves, gathering four catches and a sharp stumping.
In reply, John Hastings (27) smacked five boundaries to get the chase off to a quick start, before Liam Tonkin (27*) and Dale Elmi (36*) batted carefully but with purpose to secure the fourth win of the season and move to seventh on the ladder.
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The 2nds were very unlucky to not claim two wins from the weekend. Against Melbourne University, the 2nds scored 6/141 batting first thanks to Will Crowder (43), Matt Foy (27) and Nathan Harford (21). The students were then reduced to 7/88 before lower order hitting saw them snatch victory off the last ball of the match. Aidan Wheeler (2/16) and Max Cairns (2/22) did best with the ball.
On Sunday, the Hawks were restricted to 8/123 batting first, with the off spin of Will Crowder (4/24) proving to be effective. In reply, Nathan Harford (25) and Matt Foy (19) got the chase moving well, but the side collapsed quickly to 7/82. Aidan Wheeler (26*) and Harrison Barnes (26 off 15) added 41 runs in quick time, batting with great intensity, power and innovation. But they could not do enough to prevent a frustrating Tie with Barnes run out on the last ball of the match after coming back for a second run to try and win the match.
The 3rds (10/126) fell nine runs short in their run chase against Melbourne University on Saturday (7/135). Jamin Barron-Toop (28), Nick Mann (20) and Liam Bennett (16) top scored in the chase, with Tim Drummond (3/3) doing best with the ball at the end of the innings.
The side bounced back on Sunday, making 5/142 batting first with Tim Drummond (31), Alex Cann (37) Aaron McIlroy (26*) and Liam Bennett (23) adding useful runs. Kingston Hawthorn were kept to 6/125 in their run chase, with Jamin Barron-Toop (2/23 off 4) keeping things tight in the death overs.
The 4ths were outplayed on Saturday with a crushing loss, but they rebounded brilliantly on Sunday. After setting an imposing score of 7/162 batting first thanks to Lachlan Klauer (73) and Patrick Skelly (46), they then kept the Hawks to 6/123 from their 20 overs thanks to an even bowling performance and high intensity in the field.
This Saturday, the 1sts and 2nds travel to the Albert Ground to take on Melbourne in another set of Twenty20 matches. The 2nds will play at 1pm, followed by the 1sts at 4:30pm in a twilight clash. With the WNCL matches on Butler Oval this Saturday and Monday, the East Oval will be hosting the FPCC home T20 matches. On Saturday, the 4ths will take on Melbourne at 11am, with the 3rds starting at 2:30pm.
Then on Sunday, the 1sts and 2nds will host Prahran at the Jubilee Park East Oval, with the 3rds and 4ths travelling to Toorak Park.
A reminder that on Sunday, we will be hosting our first Heat in the Kitchen Luncheon for the season with David Hussey our guest speaker. It will be a great day of fine food, fine wine, laughter and entertainment, with quality T20 cricket also on display with both 1st XI sides fighting to stay in the top eight. Thanks to all those who have booked their spot for Sunday’s lunch. There are still places available at $50 per head. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0431 777 390 to book your place. Please respond by Thursday evening (Nov 23) for catering purposes.