Welcome to the St Kilda Cricket Club
Saints update: 5
By Tom Morris
been a mixed first five rounds for St Kilda Cricket Club.
a pre-season in which a number of experienced players departed the club, the
Saints have fielded four youthful looking elevens in the opening month, with
results both inconsistent and promising as a result.
3rd XI, led by Stephen Zayler, is unbeaten. This is not to say
Zayler’s men have cruised through the opening passages of the year, rather a
couple of rear-guard solo efforts have saved the thirds from defeat.
late hitting by Zayler himself saw his team post a competitive 7-151 in round
one, before prodigious young leg-spinner Jack Gilbert twirled his way to 6-30
off nine mesmerising overs on debut.
two was a similarly tense affair, with Henry Hall collecting 3-21 off nine
typically stingy overs and Sam Chamberlain batting for the majority of the
innings on his way to a mature 72.
was again in the thick of the action the following weekend versus Essendon,
taking four catches in a display befit of a wicket-keeper rather than a
part-time cover-point fieldsman.
round four was undoubtedly the 3rd XI’s finest back-to-the-wall
an unlikely 186 on the Harry Trott against a Carlton outfit eager for revenge
following its Grand Final defeat seven months ago, The threes slumped to 5-64
(not helped by a torn Josh Drummond hamstring), before Zayler again rescued a
rapidly sinking ship with the help of Matt Powell.
batsmen were dismissed just prior to the winning runs being hit, but having put
on 94 for the sixth wicket, can lay claim to saving the thirds from defeat.
their most conclusive win was on the weekend however, when Alex Bychkov
snaffled five catches and made 84 not out in a comprehensive eight-wicket
victory over Camberwell. Powell was again in the runs, registering an unbeaten
fourths and seconds made comparatively slow starts to the season. Heavily
losses and patchy batting efforts made for less than ideal scorecard reading in
the early weeks of the year. However improved performances in recent weeks has
seen both teams climb off the bottom of the ladder.
it was Ben Edmonds in the 4th XI, who made 122 out of 9-197 to lead
Sam Powell’s charges over the line against Carlton in round four.
Jackson Cooper has made back-to-back half-centuries following his demotion from
the 1st XI and has recaptured the form that saw him become one of
the competition’s most damaging batsmen in 2013/14.
Jowett bowled economically but without luck in the first three rounds, before
taking bags of three and four wickets in the last two weeks to press his claims
for a 1st XI cap.
been ably supported by Josh Bartlett and skipper Jarrad Dowling, while Shea
Gribben’s return from a back injury has added further depth to the club’s
already healthy fast bowling stocks.
has been one debutant in the 1st XI this year, with Lachie Holmes
earning a call-up following an innings of 65 out of 142 against Essendon.
was handed cap No.80, and though he was dismissed LBW for five on debut versus
Carlton, he was in pursuit of quick runs and acquitted himself well in the
field later that afternoon.
the most influential player at the club thus far has been Matt Chasemore.
all-rounder has plundered 344 runs at an average nudging 70, including two 50s
and two 100s that have further strengthened his case for a Victorian call-up.
addition to this meteoric avalanche of runs, the 30-year-old has collected 11
wickets at an economy rate of 3.25, illustrating his enormous value in both
facets of the game.
Graeme Rummans has also enjoyed an excellent start to the year, averaging 55
across five innings. Andrew McGuiness, Will Russell and opener Josh Manning
have all made handy contributions, while Lachie Graf has been the team’s most
Muirhead’s 5-18 off 10 overs at Wangaratta on Saturday helped swing the game in
St Kilda’s favour and signalled a return to form.
leg-spinner wasn’t at his best across the opening few weekends, but gradually
regained his confidence against Carlton before running through the Camberwell
middle order in a remarkable spell of bowling in Country Round.
Kilda currently sits seventh on the Club Championship table, marginally adrift
of Camberwell and slightly ahead of both Melbourne University and Prahran.
1st XI is fifth on the ladder, the seconds and fourths are 16th,
while the 3rds are two points clear at the top of the table.
a one-dayer this weekend followed by a string of red ball cricket weekends, T20
games and another one-dayer before Christmas, adjusting to the aforementioned
formats promises to be a critical factor in climbing into the top five of the
Club Championship heading into the summer break.