The Fourth XI were the lone team to shine on a dark day for the Bombers against Footscray Edgewater.
On any other day, the First XI’s effort of 252 would have seen them win most matches (and would have won five of the matches played in the round). However, they fell short of Footscray Edgewater’s total of 320 by 68 runs. Aaron Shellie (97) fell agonisingly within reach of what would have been his first century of the season and was well supported by Matt Doric’s 53. Essendon are now a game and a half outside of the top eight.
The Second XI played out a frustrating and ultimately redundant day against Footscray Edgewater. Having already had their first innings total of 136 overhauled, Essendon were sent back in to bat when Footscray Edgewater declared on their overnight score of 2/140. The Bombers were unable to make much of a better fist of it in their second dig with only Isaac Conway (41) making a mark – not that it mattered as stumps were reached with the Bombers at 9/151, having at least saved themselves from an outright defeat.
The Third XI fought all day in their defence of 187 and were only left regretting that they didn’t have a bit more breathing space as they fell to a three-wicket defeat against Footscray Edgewater. Whilst they were up against it from the outset, the Bombers applied enough pressure to ensure they weren’t out of the contest until its very end, with Patrick Willach taking season-best figures of 3/19. Essendon couldn’t crack Footscray Edgewater duo Shaifi Moazzem (80) and Jarryd Clements (68), which sealed their upset defeat.
The Fourth XI were Essendon’s conquering heroes after valiantly defending their modest total of 135 to hold out for an exhilarating eight-run win over Footscray Edgewater. The Bombers backed themselves in from the start with wickets coming first steadily and then in a rush; the match’s turning point came when a pair of Sai Bolla wickets pushed the score to 8/86. Even so, Footscray Edgewater pushed the match to a thrilling denouement before Nick Ingleton claimed Jake Duff to finally wrest back a stirring win. The Bombers could look to their depth as they key to victory, with all five bowlers taking two wickets. The win keeps Essendon inside the top eight.