A MONTH further into the RDCA season and several Hawks sides have realistic prospects for finals. Only one team has no chance, and that is only due to a lack of numbers.
As reported in the November Diary, the First XI (Wilkins Cup) was 2/54 chasing a meagre 108 by Chirnside Park. The team was cruising on the following Saturday, but then the wheels fell off.
Three wickets fell at 83, a further four between 89 and 91, and the last at 102. In its second innings, Chirnside Park reached 11, but promptly lost three wickets. It then reached 18 before losing its last seven wickets for three runs. Its total of 21 (Garrett 8/6) left the Hawks requiring only 28 runs off 31 overs. David Hill (22 n/o) and Michael Crosbie (2 n/o) knocked it over in a very swift 2.4 overs.
Round 4 started with a collapse and it was 4/38 before a fightback from Steve Lindsay (46), Dave Cutler (21) and Steve Garrett (25) pushed the score to 160. In reply, Montrose collapsed to 3/17 before a rain interruption. A 134-run partnership then took the match away. With two wins and two losses, the Hawks are a game outside the top four.
The Seconds (A Grade) are third with a win-loss ratio of 5-2 and two matches clear of fifth. In Round 6, the Hawks reached 3/189 (Matt Manuell
56) and held Chirnside to 8/136 (Jacob Janssen 4/31). In a Round 7 two-dayer, the same team struggled to be all out for 108, and the Hawks replied with 5/118 (Manuell 32no, Robbie Bowen 47).
The Thirds (D Grade) are fourth and one match clear of its nearest rival. A win in Round 6 against Bayswater Park (Robbie Cutler 68) was followed by another win against the same team (Liam James 38, Daniel Wigney 25no and 3/28).
The Fourth XI (F Grade) suffered its only hiccup in Round 6 and lies second, only behind top on percentage and a half-game clear of third. Lachlan McMahon (6/52) was the star with the ball in Round 7, with Olinda reduced to 94 all out.
At the end of the first day, the Hawks were 1/43 and seemingly well on the way.
The loss of six wickets for just 20 runs reduced the Hawks to 7/66. A wicket at 86 left the result in doubt, but captain Tom Chrisfield and promoted Fifth XI captain McMahon steered the side home.
The Fifth XI unfortunately is struggling to find players. Its most notable game was Round 5 in which Bayswater Park took until its second-last
over to pass a target of 5/135.
Round 1 of Veterans was washedout and was to be played last week at the time the Diary went to print.
The O40-1 team is second with two wins and a loss. A win against Kilsyth (Paul Foley 42 retired, Brett Careedy 41 retired) was followed by an 80-run loss to Montrose (Tim Rule 3/14, Paul Foley 29).
With two wins and a loss, the Over 40-4s are also second, level with third and fourth-placed, and one game behind the top team. A score of 9/130
(Rob Little 41 retired) in Round 3 was not enough against Croydon Ranges’ 3/132. Round 4 was better with Warrandyte’s 10/82 no match for the Hawks’ 2/91 (Chris Jose 3/7, Wayne Wilson 43 retired).
The Over 50s team has not won yet, but was close in Round 3, losing in the last over (Peter Reilly 40 retired, Joe Ross 2/18). In Round four, 10
players (nine for part of the match) lost by 99 runs to Wonga Park (Peter Reilly 2/22 and 32, Ian Jones 3/28).
The U16-2s are 2nd on 4-1 (only loss to unbeaten Croydon North). Round 3 was a win vs Montrose (Adam Johnson 4/10, Josh Exley 2/12 and 45, Pat Harris 32). Round 4 was also a win – against Ainslie Park (Josh Exley 49, Jakeb Cullen 44, Mikey Gibbons 4/12).
In Round 5, the team rolled Warrandyte for 35 (Darcy Harris 4/6, Nikoda Brooking 3/6, Mikey Gibbons 2/8) and was already in front at 1/37 after day one. Batting on to a declaration at 5/117 (James Sandison 26no, Jack Sims 25, Ryan Paterson 25, Brooking 8no), the bowlers knocked over Warrandyte for 42 (Brooking 3/8).
U14/3 (combined with North Ringwood) is also on 4-1, with their only loss to undefeated Lilydale, and are placed second on the ladder.
After a win in Round 1, the U12-1 Hawks lost their next three. In Round 3, Jackson Braunthal’s 23 and Nick Walker’s 17 and 2/4 were highlights.
In Round 4, the strong North Ringwood team was 6/174 (Declan Mulqueen 2/16, Ky Sofarnos 2/19), which was too much for the Hawks who managed 10/91 (Walker 26 retired, Braunthal 23).
U12-4 is working its way into the season, with three losses and a bye. Round 4 against top of the table Croydon North was very competitive, with a score of 6/111 (Will Crosbie 17) against 9/164 (Will Fasan 2/8, Kane Church 2/11).
On the social front, the Junior Wrap of the Round is back, with well attended functions on November
16 and 30, and another to come this weekend (December 14).
An U12 T20 competition is planned for December 21, while a poker night is scheduled for January 18, and Pink Stumps Day (date to be confirmed).
By FRANS BROUWER
Warrandyte Diary – Issue 2013_12