“RDCA U/21 Team Wins Second Round Match
Last Sunday the RDCA played its second round match in the VMCU Neil Wright Shield against the Eastern Cricket Association (ECA) at Jubilee Park, Lucas Oval, Ringwood. This was a must win match to ensure a chance of finishing in the top two teams to contest the grand final in late January 2020. Fourteen squad members were available for selection with two away and one injured for the remainder of the competition.
RDCA won the toss and elected to bat on a good third day pitch. The first innings commenced with the loss of our two openers early then Josh McCallum (MTR) 18 runs and Sam Mulligan (LYD) 29 runs steadied the innings. Wickets fell until Chris Williams (TMP) came to the crease and put together a number of partnerships to bring the total to 8/204 off 40 overs. Chris gave an outstanding batting performance to finish on 86 n.o., including a towering straight six of 80+metres. Ryan Peter-Budge (NRI) 14 runs and Brad Stewart (SCR) 10 runs also contributed to the score.
After lunch ECA commenced its innings with wickets falling steadily until a significant partnership assisted by our sloppy fielding and catching (4 catches dropped and six run out chances missed) enabled a total of 8/137 achieved off their 40 overs. This total should have been below 100 as percentage may decide who plays off for the grand final. Best bowlers were Lachlan Barrett (SCR) 2/9 off 6 overs, Brad Stewart (SCR) 2/19 off 6 overs, Rory Tattersall (SCR) 2/25 off 8 overs - with 3 dropped catches, Ryan Peter-Budge(NRI) 1/0 off 2 overs and Josh McCallum (MTR) 1/28 off 8 overs. A good win but could have been better.
Thanks to the Ringwood CC for allowing us to use their excellent Premier facilities, the Maroondah Council and curator, and to Jason Harthill (RCC) who assisted on the day. Special thanks to Kim Stewart and a lady from ECA who prepared the lunches.
Our final round match is against the Victorian Turf Cricket Association at Croydon Main Oval on next Sunday 15th December. The latter has one forfeit (ECA) and one win against DDCA last Sunday with DDCA and RDCA with one win and one loss each. The outcome of this match will determine who are the top two teams – so an RDCA win is a must!!!! It would be great to see some support for our young men from the RDCA cricket community.
Pat Meehan, U/21 Co-Ordinator.”