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Hampton United will enjoy two wins this weekend after the 2nd XI and 3rd XI took home the points in Round 4 of SECA action. The 1st XI were due to play today, but the weather forecast meant that the match was called off.
Round 4 – G Grade – Hampton United 2nd XI v Omega 4th XI – Sillitoe Reserve
An all-round performance from the 2nd XI delivered an 8-wicket win against Omega’s 4th XI at Sillitoe Reserve.
The 2nd XI were dominant against Omega's 4th XI, restricting them to 9/129 after 51 overs. Marcus Barber was brilliant in both of his spells, taking 3/15 off his 15 overs, including 7 maidens. Matt Smith bowled well and was unlucky not to take a wicket, whilst Andrew Woolston and Josh Crigan bagged a couple of wickets each.
On Day 2, Omega declared overnight, giving Hampton United just 65 overs to chase down the total. With the forecast of heavy rain imminent, United comfortably chased down the total, only losing Steve O’Shea for 29 and Sam Crigan after making a superb 59. Josh Crigan (32*) and Dave Pearce (8*) ensured that United capped off a solid batting performance. United finished the day 2/152 after 31 overs.
After Round 4 of the results, Hampton United are 3rd on the G Grade Ladder with a healthy percentage. United next take on Bentleigh Uniting’s 4th XI at Sillitoe Reserve, who are coming off a loss against East Sandringham.
Round 4 – J Grade – Murrumbeena 1st XI v Hampton United 3rd XI – Caulfield Park Oval 3
It was a high-scoring encounter which resulted in Hampton United chasing down Murrumbeena’s total to win by 7 wickets at Caulfield Park.
Kane Silom was the hero for the 3rd XI with an unbeaten century that carried the visitors to victory. Silom’s century is the first for the club this season!
Murrumbeena were difficult to contain, scoring prolifically. Murrumbeena finished 5/189 after 41 overs at Caulfield Park. Darryl Reed continued his form with the ball with another bag of wickets. Murrumbeena were given another 4 overs to bat, finishing 5/233.
It was going to be a challenging task. Craig Hamiltion and Will Bryne got off to good starts but were unable to go on. Hamilton was trapped lbw for 22, whilst W Byrne was bowled for 16.
Kane Silom and Darryl Reed batted superbly, whilst it was 38 extras that helped carry the 3rd XI to an incredibly run chase. United finished its 45 oversd 3/235.
Despite the impressive win, Hampton United are 9th on the J Grade ladder, only behind Murrumbeena on percentage. United take on East Sandringham 6th XI at the Destructor Site. East Sandringham defeated Highett West in the previous round.
The 1st XI will likely go to 2nd on the E Grade ladder on points. They take on Elwood’s 3rd XI at Elwood Park next round. Elwood are coming off a win over East Bentleigh Central.
It is a top of the table clash between E Grades two undefeated sides. Hampton United 1st XI take on the Melbourne Dazzlers in a One Day match on Sunday 26 November at Sillitoe Reserve, starting from 1:00pm.
Tatterson Park was unavailable for the Melbourne Dazzlers, which meant that the fixture was changed to able to have a match. Both teams are undefeated and have made very positives starts to the season.
The Melbourne DazzlersThe Melbourne Dazzlers are currently on top of the E Grade ladder and are clear of Hampton United by percentage. Their wins have been against East Bentleigh Central, the Victorian Cavaliers, and Elwood.
The Dazzlers have lost just 20 wickets this season, the lowest in the competition. They have also made 725 runs as a team. Fahmid Ahmed has scored the most runs in the competition (224 runs), including a century. With the ball, they have taken 27 wickets, the fourth lowest in the competition.
In their clash against Elwood, their top order batsmen failed to start, but it was their middle order of Mishra and S Singh (as well as Elwood’s extras) which got them to 7/181 in just 49.3 overs.
Key Melbourne Dazzlers Players
Hampton United is also hosting a barbeque and drinks overseeing the match, shaping up to be a great day at the cricket!
Hampton United 1st XI Team – Paul Burgess (C), Rowan Doyle, Max Murray, Tom Larkworthy, Matt Smith*, Rohan Martin, Harry Hill, James Larkworthy, Nick Pavlou, Andrew Grant, Fergus Murray. (sides selected as of Thursday 16 November)
Hampton United Committee Member, Editor of The Middle Stump
Hampton United have hosted their inaugural Ladies’ Day High Tea Lunch at Sillitoe Reserve.
Around twenty-five guests attended the event, enjoying a spread of cakes and sandwiches along with a few drinks at the club rooms and under the shade of the Hampton United marquee.
Everyone enjoyed the social atmosphere, enjoying great company, and watching the 2nd XI play out in the middle against Omega.
Guest speaker, and Our Watch and White Ribbon ambassador Tarang Chawla, gave an emotional and highly-engaging speech about his work and Nikita’s story, prompting a lengthy question & answer session following.
Event organiser Rowan Doyle was pleased about how the event played out. "For me I thought it was an excellent day, really great to see all the ladies recognised and enjoying a day dedicated to them. I think Tarang was an excellent choice of speaker and really prompted some good discussion amongst the ladies." he said.
"For our first ever ladies day we had a great turnout and I think the ladies are already looking forward to next years event which will hopefully only get bigger and better. We were very lucky with the weather as the rain poured down right as we were finishing tidying up the tables."
A special mention to Rowan Doyle who organised the running of the event. Melissa Cafarella, Hampton United’s first female committee member, was appropriately the Master of Ceremonies, doing a fantastic job. Thanks must also go to the committee members, players and others who helped make the event possible.