CROYDON continued its dramatic turnaround with a second-straight win in the Victorian Sub District Cricket Association on Saturday.
After stumbling to 6-64 on a tricky wicket at Mt Waverley, the Cockies were staring down a repeat of their struggles at the ground last season when they were bowled out for just 51 by the home side.
But lower-order pair Riley Paterson (38 not out) and Michael Ashton (31) teamed-up to make 59 runs for the seventh wicket as the Cockies posted 8-148 in their 45 overs.
Cockies opening bowlers Hamish Paterson (2-37) and Ash Hamer (1-29) got their side off to a perfect start with the home side falling to 3-23 prior to Bedingfield (17) and Andrew Northridge (33) steadying the innings before the skipper was dismissed.
Northridge and David Hegarty (13) looked comfortable before Riley Paterson trapped Northridge leg before wicket. Hegarty was then caught off off-spinner Steven Wright.
The partnership by Ternes (28) and No. 11 Milan Fernando almost ended early when a mix-up left Ternes stranded mid-pitch. But the throw to the bowler’s end was poor and allowed him to make his ground. With nine runs to get from nine balls, Ternes’s lofted shot was caught off Adam Quirk to end the match.
Cockies captain Hagan Shakespeare praised his side for its ability to hang in the game and get the win. ‘‘It would have been nice to finish it off then [with the run out],’’ he said.
‘‘You’ve got to make the most of your chances but in the end they gave us one more and let us end the game.
‘‘Nerves are always high at the end of a close game and you’ve got to be spot on with what you do but that is not always easy. We were lucky to get the last chance.’’
Shakespeare said his bowlers had done the hard yards to get the side over the line.
‘‘We knew it would be a tough total to defend and the pitch died out a bit towards the end,’’ he said. ‘‘Our opening bowlers did a good job and then Riley Paterson with the ball took some wickets and reduced the runs.’’
With more tough matches to come, Shakespeare said his side had to continue to keep its wickets and attack with the ball. ‘‘The guys have really clicked,’’ he said. ‘‘There is a lot of fight in the group.
‘‘The boys were telling me Mt Waverley skittled us for 51 last year, we were four down for not many at the start and were looking down the barrel of that again. We have had a great start, hopefully it will keep rolling.’’
Mt Waverley captain Dhugal Bedingfield said his top-order batsmen had not valued their wickets. “I just think the top three again got out cheaply,” Bedingfield said.
“Credit to Croydon, who bowled well and put in some good deliveries. We really needed a partnership to steady our innings. ’m not sure what our biggest partnership for the day was but it wouldn’t have been more than 30.
“One of the things we have been focusing on is getting partnerships of 35 runs or more, if we had got three of them today then we would have won.”
■ The VSDCA Twenty20 competition begins tonight (Tuesday) with Croydon hosting Bayswater at Fred Geale Reserve at 5.15pm.