Agonisingly short of a double ton at Wandin Cricket Club

Olivia Edwards after a great knock of 51 not out. Picture: SUPPLIED

By Bryce Edwards

Wandin 1st XI vs Mt Evelyn – by David Thorne

Wandin’s 1st XI hosted Mt Evelyn’s 2nd XI in a two-dayer at Wandin.

Wandin’s captain David Thorne won the toss and chose to bat.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t Wandin’s day with the bat with Mt Evelyn bowling well and Wandin only reaching 105 off 40 overs.

David Thorne (26)

Jamie Oakley (18*)

Tim Thorne (16)

With Wandin being bowled out early, Mt Evelyn would bat well with the Wandin bowlers struggling to stop the runs and Mt Evelyn finishing the day in 2/92.

Wandin 2nd XI v Healesville 2nd XI – by Rick Painter

Wandin would travel to Healesville in perfect conditions for cricket with Healesville winning the toss and electing to bowl first. Wandin’s innings started steadily with a 66-run partnership before the wicket of D Marshall for 32. Another partnership of 60 between R Vallence and B Edwards would consolidate a good start and after 40 overs the score would be 3/155.

After the tea break, the partnership would continue with Edwards holding up an end and 40+ run partnerships with D Trembath and then with young Jack Dowithwaite (35). B Edwards would get his 100 and keep the scoreboard ticking over and with the score on 5/225 and 22 overs to go Edwards would partner with R Painter and together they would pile on 125 runs in the next 15 overs before Painter was dismissed for 53 and the score on 6/350. With B Edwards now on 170 the focus would soon be on whether he could achieve a double ton but he would be the last wicket to fall just agonisingly short on 198 but having guided his team to 10/411.

Wandin 3rd XI vs Hoddles Creek 2nd XI – by ‘The Don’ and/or Patty Laws

A great all-round team effort saw Wandin bowl out Hoddles for 171 on a quick ground with all players pulling their weight and sharp in the field. In reply, Gordo and Tom got Wandin off to a quick start 1-53 after 8. With the Dogs in the driver’s seat, the Wombats fought back to have them 3-86 before Lawsy and Jules got the Dogs to 5-137. Again the Wombats counter-attacked with young Robbo standing up and hanging around to get Wandin to 8-155 and a close finish on the table. A tense few overs with young Eman keeping out an all-Wombats bowling attack and Mark getting Wandin over the line with a few balls to spare as the Dogs took the points in a game that see-sawed all day. Congrats to young Kai on his first senior wicket.

Wandin Women’s vs Bayswater – by Charlotte Edwards

Wandin Women’s team took on a previous B-grade team at Bayswater this week. After the high of last week’s win, Wandin knew they were more than capable of getting the win this week.

Wandin took the field to bat first, and Charlotte Edwards and Jacquie Lowrie opened the batting. Wandin were off to a good start with fours being hit and good running between the wickets until unfortunately, Edwards was dismissed on 13 runs after a very close LBW call. A highlight of the batting innings was skipper Olivia Edwards making a very impressive 51*, what a way to make your first 50. Edwards batted exceptionally all innings and this milestone was a deserved reward for all her hard work. Another highlight was Lowrie batting through the innings until the 18th over. Jacquie played a vital role in this innings as her running between the wickets and constant work kept Wandin’s score ticking over, Lowrie finished on a very handy 12 runs. Wandin ended the innings on 110 runs and was ready to defend this total.

Opening bowlers Olivia Edwards and Keeli Friend worked hard with the ball and kept their opening battings to a low total. Edward finished up with the ball on an amazing 2/4 off 3. Wandin were sharp in the field and tight with the bowl making it very hard for Bayswater to chase down their runs. Charlotte Edwards took the bowled and ended her overs on 2/8 off 4 alongside Tangi Clancy who balled competitively throughout her overs including a chance at hat-trick ball before she finished her overs on 2/4 off 2. Wandin’s constant hard work with the bat and ball paid off as at the end of the 20th over Bayswater was kept to only 59 runs. Wandin got the win. It was an amazing day of cricket for all of the girls and was a true show of all the hard work they had been putting in.