The first game of the 2008 season saw us blood 6 new recruits all eager to prove the big bucks paid to secure their services. With season regulars Lucas, Tom, Josh & Rosie unavailable not a lot was expected from such a young & inexperienced line up. But boy were we wrong. Opening bowlers Lucas Stambos & Marcus Alessi both had the ball swinging & seaming around from the outset. The Balwyn top order looked out of their depth as the wickets tumbled from both ends. After 3 overs the score was 3 for 1 just about game over. The only resistance came from opener J.Baring who retired on 25 no. Wickets continued to tumble through out the short innings which saw the home team bowled out for just 47. Apart from the outstanding bowling performance, special mention must go to Bailey Mallia, Phillips – Williams, Lucas Stambos Alex Hodder who each took outstanding catches. You have now set a standard for the whole season.
Great Bowling performance from first gamers :
Lucas Stambos who took 3 for 2 off his 3 overs
Nick Tsalikis 1 for 6 off his 2
Alex Hodder 2 for 12 off 2
Connor Firth 1 for 9 off 2
After morning tea was taken openers Chris Welsh (5 no) & Phillips –Williams (8 no) got us off to a flying start to be 0/25 after 6 overs. Bailey Mallia (7 no) & Nick Welsh (5 no) continued the solid start at the top order. Lucas Stambos backed up his bowling performance with another great contribution with the willow to post (8 no) as well as Marcus Alessi who made a great start with both bat & ball to sore an unbeaten 7.
Alex Hodder showed that he will be a handy allrounder with (2 no). We past the required runs in the 12th over to easily run out comfortable winners & get our season off to a high flying Eagle start.
Man of the Match: LUCAS STAMBOS