By Josh Handasyde
U12-4: Healesville 8/111 defeated by Mooroolbark 6/112
Healesville batted first on a lightning-fast outfield at Queens Park. Louis Keath (45) and Manny Winrow (16) both opened and retired before returning to the wicket later and being dismissed. Ben Hunter 16* was the other notable scorer with Healesville losing consistent wickets after their good start to being bowled out for 111. While bowling we were able to take consistent wickets throughout the innings but some Mooroolbark cornerstones kept them in the game with Mooroolbark eventually passing the total 6 down with 2 overs left. Manny Winrow 2 Wickets and Arthur Coleman and Mika Kerst both claimed 1 wicket with 2 runouts also occurring.
U12-9: Healesville 5/52 defeated by Yarra Glen 3/110
Healesville Batted first at Yarra Glen and were able to defend their wicket well with four of the top six batsmen finishing not out but runs were shortchanged with the boys unable to pierce the infield consistently due to some strong Yarra Glen bowling and finished 5/52 of 23 overs. The bowling innings started less than ideal with 3 boundaries being struck in the first over but after that, some good bowling helped to restrict the runs and also claim 3 wickets throughout the night Felix McMahon, Alby Gotch and Angus Holmes claimed 1 a piece.
U14-3: Healesville 3/56 Chasing Wantirna South 118 *Two Day Match
Travelling to Wantirna South the boys were sent into the field and through tight bowling and good fielding they were able to leave Wantirna scrambling at 6/45 before some strong partnerships managed to give them 118 on the board, Henry Harding 3/10 off 7 and Sam Keath 2/12 the pick of the bowlers with Aeden Senti and Harry Duff also picking up wickets. Three run-outs also occurred which is a testament to the strong fielding effort. With 12 overs to bat, it started less than ideal with Sam Keath being dismissed on the first ball before Aeden Senti (26) started putting the pressure on the bowlers before he and his partner Henry Harding (9) were dismissed on the stroke of stumps leaving us needing 63 runs for the 3rd win in a row.
U14-7: Healesville 5/70 Chasing Norwood 87 *Two Day Match
In the split innings two-day match which saw the team bat 25 overs each on both days, Healesville Batted first and after the last two-day match, looked to value their wicket and build slowly to a score, with Tully Ellis and Tom Quaggin doing well to see out the first 10 overs of the day while still seeing the scoreboard go at 3 an over. Throughout the innings, batsmen were able to get to 30 balls but weren’t able to kick on which left the Bloods 5/70 after what could have been so much more, after some soft dismissals. However, all was forgotten after the spectacular bowling performance which saw Healesville lock in to restrict extras which was a key focus and run through the strong top order of Norwood. Harry Thomas 2/8, Summer Caldicott 1/7 and Austin Simmons 2/5 ran through the top order before Tully Ellis finished them off with 3/12. This leaves the Bloods needing the final 18 runs to win with 5 wickets in hand.
U16-4: Healesville 0/148 Versus Chirnside Park 8/68 *Two Day Match
Back at Queens Park the boys won the toss and elected to bat with Eli Prentice making his first half Century 52* and Denzel Parson 38* setting the boys off to a great start with Sam Drummond 27* and Lucas Frazzetto 23* the current not out batsmen. The bowling innings started well with Cooper Bell 2/12 taking early blood and Tyler Braden running through the middle order finishing with 3/7 to leave Chirnside Park all but out of the game at the end of day one.
Seniors 1st XI: Norwood 7/277 *Two Day Match
Travelling to Norwood saw the Bloods lose the toss and were sent into the field. Norwood openers got to work with a 120-run opening stand taking the heat out of Healesville’s bowling attack before Josh Handasyde got the breakthrough in the 28th over. The Bloods continued to bowl tight areas to restrict the runs but Norwood batted well and didn’t allow the Bloods to get any momentum before Liam English struck with a top edge off a ball that bounced a bit more than the batsmen anticipated. Healesville continued to plug away after tea with Ryan Webster claiming his first wicket at the club and a mixture of tight bowling and good batting saw the score crawl up to 7/277 with Mitch Tampaline 2/42 off 20 and Josh Handasyde 2/52 off 15 the picks of the bowlers. Congratulations to Darcy English who played his First 1st XI match bowling well with figures of 0/15 off 7.
Seniors 2nd XI: Wandin 411 *Two Day Match
A grim day for the Bloods saw them send Wandin in and the onslaught began with Wandin able to score with ease on quick outfield. While the batting was good, particularly by Bryce Edwards who made 198, bowlers weren’t able to bowl in the right areas to consistently threaten and fielding relinquished any sort of pressure Healesville were able to build. Brodie Grace 2/52, Zac Fawdry 2/64 and Jack Drummond 3/86 bowled tirelessly but runs were able to flow throughout the day. A big chase for next week and will be interesting to see how the team approaches it.
Seniors 3rd XI: Healesville 8/206 defeated Bayswater Park 9/134
Travelling to Bayswater stand-in skipper Matt Wilkinson won the toss and decided to bat with an onslaught ensuing, with Jesse Thomas 40* Grant Braden 40, Matt Kellalea 30 and Aman Singh 47* all making quick runs to give the Bloods a more than competitive score. Garry Mundi was able to claim an early wicket and bowled tight with 1/7 off 4. Allan Pearce 2/36 off 9, two overs more than the maximum due to a scoring error was one of the more humorous moments of the day and Tyler Braden came on late to take 4/15 to clean up the middle to late order.
Seniors 4th XI: Healesville 2/192 defeated Lusatia Park 4/157
The first victory this season for the Fourth XI saw them bat first with Ethan Nikcevich blasting a quickfire 50* and Zach Coleman (41) playing the anchor role. Matt Harding also scored his maiden half-century for the club making 52* to see the Bloods through to a strong total of 192. A mixture of tight bowling and strong fielding saw Healesville make early inroads which would eventually lead to the victory with Denzel Parsons 1/33 and Megan Schelfhout 2/23 leading the attack with Zach Coleman also pinching a wicket late.