Zebras Shot Down In Season Opener
The premiership flag was proudly unfurled, but that's about all that went right for the defending Longmuir Shield Champions in their season opener against Bentleigh ANA.
Jamie Saleem was good in his first match for the zebras, taking 2/22 off 8 overs, but the rest of the attack lacked potency as the visitors went onto make 6/203. Mark Devereaux and Brett Gibb got the team off to an opening stand of 60 before Crack was out LBW. Gibby went on to make 57 with support from Anton Duddy (34) but a constant loss of wickets made it difficult for the boys to make any meaningful attack on the target, eventually bowled out for 166.
The 2nds won in a tight contest against Bentleigh ANA. Chasing 8/182 lead by Captain Kim Pitt's 4/28, the boys were in trouble at 6/88 when Toddy Porter came to the crease for a blistering 50 that helped the 2nds to victory with 3 overs to spare.
The 3rds had a good win to start the season, defeating Washington Park by 33 runs. Scott Campbell starred with the ball (4/12), while many of the top order got starts including Bails (41) and Hilly (34) on their way to 6/159.
Shane Healy (41) held the 4ths together as they slumped to 4/64 before play was abandoned against West Bentleigh.
The 6ths had a sluggish start to the season with a mediocre performance with bat and ball, but did enough to get the points over a poor Washington Park side. Brin King (4/39) was the exception with the ball, supported by Mick Cutler (3/49) while Jason Crossley was solid as the lone hand with the bat on 50* at the end.
Member Of Premiers of '58/'59 Pays A Visit
Kevin Kennedy very kindly came to the ESBCC season opener last Thursday night to give the club a unique insight onto how things used to be back in the day. Thanks to Kevin on what proved to be an excellent speech.