1st Grade Sneak into Finals, Crowder Bags Five
1st Grade romped their way into a place in the one day finals with a thumping 9 wicket win over Mount Lawley at Burrendah Park.
After the Hawks won the toss and batted, Matt Hanna and Ben Gibbon picked up an early wicket each before an excellent display through the middle from spinners Luke Holt and Waheguru Dhillon, with Dhillon also contributing to a run-out in partnership with John Sanders, reduced them to 6 for 72.
The visitors showed some resistance with a 41 run seventh wicket partnership, but the quicks returned at the back end of the innings to clean up the tail and bowl them out for 149 inside 49 overs.
Hanna (3/24 from 10 overs), Gibbon (3/34 from 8 overs), Holt (2/26 from 10 overs), and Dhillon (1/22 from 10 overs) all bowled with excellent control on a wicket that looked good for batting.
The in-form Kallen Bond wasted absolutely no time in the chase, with his dominant innings of 91 from 51 deliveries featuring seven huge sixes in another strong opening stand with Iszak Milentis (41* from 54 balls), as the pair putting on 135 runs from 103 deliveries without a wicket lost.
The skipper fell bowled with just another 8 runs needed to win, but Brock Larance followed his lead, putting his first ball over the rope before a slap into the leg side from his second sealed the win with more than 32 overs to spare.
1st grade will play their one day preliminary final against Bayswater-Morley at Hillcrest Reserve on Sunday.
2nd grade got over the line by 4 wickets against Mount Lawley at Breckler Park.
The Hawks won the toss and chose to bat, but the Dragons put in an excellent bowling performance to rout them for 93 from 34.2 overs.
Spinner Declan Crowder was the star, picking up 5 for 19 from his 9 overs, with strong support coming from quicks Cameron Becker (2/11 from 7 overs), Vidit Vashisht (2/19 from 5.2 overs), and Oliver Arkinstall (1/28 from 8.1 overs).
In response, the Dragons also found batting conditions difficult, slumping to 5 for 43 with Jonathan Crowe, Arkinstall, Ethan Smith, Lachie Lake, and Sean Boers all coming and going.
Captain David Cameron kept a cool head and saw the chase through with a critical 22 not out from 44 deliveries, with support from Liam Hindle (19 from 47 balls) and Becker (5* from 20 balls).
3rd grade went down to Mount Lawley by 2 wickets at Burrendah Park.
The Dragons slumped to 6 for 75 before Brennan Wilson (52 from 69 balls) and Chris Lagana (20 from 44 balls) showed their experience with a 60 run seventh wicket partnership that ensured a defendable score of 147 from 41.1 overs was put on the board.
After the interval, a strong bowling effort reduced the Hawks to 7 for 107 and had the Dragons in the box seat, but a 40 run eighth wicket partnership got them just about over the line.
James Scott (2/23 from 7.2 overs), Zac Blazevich (2/23 from 8 overs), Brayden Lee (2/34 from 9 overs) and Lagana (1/15 from 4 overs) all played important roles with the ball.
4th grade cruised to a 9 wicket win over Mount Lawley at Breckler Park.
A young Dragons team bowled first and rolled the Hawks for 110 from 34.3 overs, with Chanuth Wijelath (2/10 from 3 overs), Jagan Singh (2/17 from 6 overs), Ajit Pal Singh (2/17 from 4.2 overs), Davinder Singh (2/21 from 9 overs), and Senuth Wijelath (1/5 from 1 over) all in the wickets.
In reply, Blake Stephen (57* from 81 balls) continued some good form in partnership with Luke Gorman (28* from 41 balls) as the Dragons needed just 23 overs to get across the line.
Under 17’s beat Mount Lawley by 6 wickets in a T20 fixture at Burrendah Park.
The Dragons restricted the Hawks to 8 for 88 from their 20 overs after bowling first, with Kyall Roach (2/8 from 4 overs) the only multiple wicket taker.
Roach also played an important role with the bat, making 35 not out from 35 balls as the target was tracked down with 19 balls to spare, with Blake Stephen (22 from 27 balls) and Jagan Singh (21 from 25 balls) playing important supporting roles
Under 15’s fell short in their T20 fixture against Mount Lawley, with the Hawks winning by 6 wickets with 15 balls to spare.
The Masters League side won over Gosnells in their first game of the season at Burrendah Park.
While scorekeeping was not the priority, a good social occasion was had by all, with club legend Brad Hogg making an off-field appearance.