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Macgibbon - two rounds in; Deepdene Uniting and Trinity Willison top the table

Melbourne's brutal October weather hasn't slowed down the synthetic competitions - with two, one-day rounds already played.  In the Macgibbon Shield, last year's grand finalists Trinity Willison and Deepdene Uniting top the table with two wins apiece.

Round 1

Nick Sparks picked up where he left last season - in red-hot form, top scoring (75) in TWs first round win against St Pauls.

St Pauls were never in the hunt the chase of TWs 5/243 posting 122 at home.  At Hays paddock Glen Waverley (125 off 35)  overs made their hosts Deepdene Uniting work reasonable hard in the chase -they overtook the total in the 37th over. DUs opener Christopher Menz got his season off to a flyer - hitting an entertaining 60 from 51 balls on the heavy outfield. Toorak Prahran scored an impressive first up win - away at Ramsden Street against Clifton Hill.  Batting first, CH made a bright start, but when number three James Clift (36) was dismissed the middle order couldn't form any partnerships and their 161 never looked enough. Charlie Atkins had a good day in the field; picking up four catches and a wicket. TP opener Harry Fitzpatrick anchored the chase with his 61.  Finley Ward was the pick of the bowlers with his 4-36. In other games, Burwood Uniting Canterbury made light work of their chase against Boroondara - overhauling their modest total of 115 (37). Boroondara Skipper Nathan Douglas played a lone hand with the bat with 59.  BUCs bowlers were miserly - Dasun Senevirathna the pick with his 3/19.  BUCs Skipper Rishab Guddadamane (38*) and Andrew Lammardo (45*) posted an unbroken 80 run stand to book the win in the 29th over.

Toorak Prahran took their chances in their Round 1 victory agains Clifton Hill at Ramsden Street Reserve.  See full gallery
Photo: Chris Mirabella Copyright 2023

 Round 2

In the second round, Boroondara's Angus Steele notched an impressive ton (123) and shared an impressive 183-run partnership with Ben Douglas (67*) to help his side recover from 2-1 to inflict a heavy defeat on Glen Waverley.
Deepdene Uniting invited Burwood Uniting Camberwell to bat first. The decision looked vindicated BUC were 5/49 - before a brilliant counter offensive from Dasun Senevirathna (75 from 53) allowed his side to post a defendable total.  - DU's Christopher Menz (for a second week) posted a steady 60 and with Skipper Harry Riddle 71* DU were able to overtake the total in the 26th over. 
Clifton Hill bounced back with their opening win for the season against St Pauls.
In the other game, TW were too strong for Toorak Prahran.

Burwood Uniting Canberbury all smiles in their Round 1, ECA Macgibbon Shield Win against Boroondara:  See Photo Gallery 
Photo: Michael Mirabella - Copyright 2023