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Cliffhanger defeat for Apaches First XI

Round 3: 3 November 18 vs Botany United at Booralee 3

The Apaches First XI went down narrowly to Botany United in Saturday’s one day match.

Stand-in skipper Sujee Mampitiyarachchi won the toss and batted first in hot conditions. Watto and Bryan opened the Apaches batting and got the innings off to a steady start. With their eye in, the scoring rate accelerated after the first 5 overs, taking the score past 50.

Bryan was bowled for 17, ending a 75 run opening partnership. Watto went past 50 shortly after, and then set about building a partnership with Ben Harrison. Botany had quickly resorted to setting very defensive, straight fields. As a result, many fours were cut down to singles.

Watto and Ben continued to look strong after the drinks break, until Botany’s spinner held on to a well-hit return chance from Watto. VB got off the mark with a boundary from his first delivery, and helped keep the score moving along.

Ben hit some fine shots, however he was caught in the deep for 25. Joe Cleaves was unfortunate to be dismissed shortly after, having skied a leading edge. VB then completed a trio of quick dismissals, with a soft catch to mid-wicket for 27.

Mark Horvath and Brad Koch then came together to put on a 41 run partnership to close out the innings, combining some big hitting with aggressive running. Mark finished on 32* and Brad 18*.

Bryan Seymour and Brad Koch kept Botany to a subdued start, with the Apaches conceding at just 2 an over from the opening spell and Seymour claiming the first wicket.

VB then came on as first change and snagged the second wicket in his first over. He was joined by Al from the other end, who claimed the first of his two wickets shortly after.

The Botany captain then began to compile a half century, before being dismissed by Adrian Fromm.

After 30 overs, Botany were still struggling on 139, needing 7.7 runs per over. However, the Apaches struggled to contain some strong hitting from Botany which kept them in the game, and the crucial wicket proved elusive.

Bryan returned for his second spell of 4 overs and yielded just 7 runs for Botany. Requiring 45 runs from the last 4 overs, for a moment it appeared Botany’s challenge was fading.

However, a barrage of sixes closed the gap again. Despite some late bowling changes – including long-awaited left-arm pacers from Sujee – the Apaches were unable to shut the game down.

Requiring 6 runs from the last over, Botany took the victory with 4 balls to spare.

Nevertheless, the Apaches controlled much of the match even with a depleted bowling attack missing the likes of Pat Foley, Will Sammuri and Isaac Williams. This was a tight defeat, but there are strong signs for the season.

1st inns. – Apaches won toss and elected to bat
David Waterson – 71
Mark Horvath – 32*

2nd inns.
Bryan Seymour – 2/12 from 8 overs
Al Yap – 2/39 from 8 overs

Apaches First XI off to winning start in summer

Round 2: 20 and 27 October 2018 vs Clovelly CC at Rowland 2

After a first round bye, the Apaches First XI got its season off to a start with a solid 4 wicket win on first innings in its two day match against Clovelly CC.

Clovelly won the toss and elected to bat in Week 1, and Foley struck with his first ball of the season to have Clovelly 1/0. However, a slow but steady partnership saw Clovelly put on 111 for the next wicket.

Sujee bowled brilliantly without luck, but it was Isaac Williams who dismissed both the set batsman to break the partnership and open up the innings. Bryan Seymour returned for his second spell and ran through the middle order, taking 5 wickets in the process. Sammuri also took 2 wickets in an economical spell, with Clovelly collapsing to be all out for 187.

The demise of the Clovelly innings required the Apaches to face an awkward spell late in the day. With a threatening storm cell approaching, Stu Branch and Al Yap held out the Clovelly attack for more than half an hour in dimming light and despite distant lightning to remain unbeaten at stumps.

Conditions in Week 2 could not have been more different and were ideal for batting (including some assistance from Jim’s Mowing). Al and Stu resumed their innings and were looking set until some questionable running saw Stu short of his ground on 17.

Watto opened his scoring with a 6 and, assisted by some wayward bowling at times, set about chasing down the Clovelly total. At the other end, Al had his eye in and was punishing anything loose. The pair put on 122 for the second wicket, leaving the Apaches just 24 behind the Clovelly score when Yap was dismissed for 46. Watto followed him from the field shortly afterwards, having been caught for 76 just prior to tea.

Unfortunately, Mark Horvath and Apaches debutante Joe Cleaves were both dismissed shortly after the break. However, at the other end, the other debutant – Ben Harrison – displayed some fine stroke-playing before being caught on 17 with scores level.

Isaac hit the run to take the Apaches ahead, albeit lofted through the hands of a Clovelly fielder, and shortly after the match was called off with the Apaches at 6/198.

It was a solid win first up for the Apaches First XI, with a tight fielding performance in the first week supported by some confident batting in the second.

The Apaches Second XI also had a first innings win and were close to securing an out-right victory: that match report will be up later this week.

1st Inns. – Clovelly CC won toss and elected to bat
Bryan Seymour – 5/56 from 19 overs
Isaac Williams – 2/13 from 7 overs

2nd Inns.
David Waterson – 76
Al Yap – 46

Apaches Three-peat in Winter!

The Apaches have made it SMCA Grand Final wins three years running with a 12th Grade Grand Final Victory on 19 August 2017.

Winter 2017 Grand Final vs Cheetahs Sports Club
Match Report

Player of the match is Will Sammuri! 43* and 2/22

Regan 40*
Isaac Williams 40*
Smokey Hawkins 2/28 (6)
Ashwin Kirubanandan 2/12 (4.5)

Regan lost the toss and heard the sweet sound of “we’ll have a bat”

Will and Tim Bykov opened, both making it difficult for the batsman.

We toiled for 35 minutes, accumulating many dots.

Will got us off and rolling, a beautiful outswinger unbalancing the batsman for a plumb LBW.  Will then procured a miscue which went directly to Isaac at deep square leg. Important breakthrough! Smokey Hawkins bowled nice areas and variations, his patience rewarded with a pleasing LBW.

Ajeet Kumar pitched the ball up, fierce inswing proving too much for their best batter, who top edged it to Isaac. Smokey keeps on getting important wickets, this time taking a caught and bowled.

Morley Goodchild bowled tight lines, forcing the miscued drive, Timmy taking the catch. Paul kept an audience waiting to see this happen. John forced their captain to miscue, Will taking it cleanly at long on. Ashwin forced another miscue and John took the catch.

Ashwin’s pace proved too much for the pinch hitters. He took an edge, dutifully caught by Regan.

Isaac and Regan opened the batting.

Regan picked a good day to hit form, patiently nudging around until after drinks, retiring not out for the first time this season. Encouragement from the sidelines helped him get there, as he was getting pretty tired!

Isaac once again proved his performance and reliability, with yet another fluent red ink innings. He had a small bit of fortune, top edging on 39, but was dropped and then retired not out, having hit 7 boundaries. Isaac finishes the winter season with a batting average of 82 – #1 for the Apaches. Well done, sir!

Will came to the crease and started hitting boundaries almost immediately, the Cheetahs looked downtrodden at this point. Will retires a few balls after Regan, after hitting 8 boundaries, including a six into a car. No smashed windscreen this time though. He closes out the season with 690 runs and 20 wickets. Amazing job, Will! The next Matt Wright?

Ajeet rocked up at the crease and hit a boundary before being bowled. Morley was cruelly denied strike but looked confident. Ashwin arrived at the crease and showed good technique, hitting the winning runs.

It has been a marvellous season, I have had an awesome time playing alongside everyone.

Special thanks to Michael TurekPaul McLeanDuncan PJ, Grant Wheeler, Bibin AntonyGordon George Gomez – you made this possible!
In fact, thank you to everyone that played, it was a true club effort. Bring on summer!

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