Essendon came home with three out of four wins in the season-opening Round 1 one-day matches against the Greenvale Kangaroos.
After finishing a disappointing 14th in 2017, the First XI have gotten the new season off to a flyer by sweeping to a commanding 95-run win. The Bombers were sent in to bat and scored steadily without ever taking control of the match as captain Aaron Ayre (59), Connor Rutland (39) and Isaac Conway (37) top-scored. HoHHowaergsdfegfHowever, the Greenvale truly was a red-and-black one-way street. Matt Doric and Louis Cameron took the first four wickets for just 21 runs and from there it was just a matter of time for the Kangaroos. Some belated lower order resistance saw Greenvale push their total out to 136 but Tom Oâ€™Donnell (3/31) chimed in to seal the deal for Essendon.
The Second XIâ€™s premiership defence has gotten off with a hiccup as the Bombers fell 46 runs short. The Kangaroos batted deep throughout their total of 9/191 and overcame dangerous Essendon pair Callum Nankervis (4/41) and Mitch Johnstone (3/13). Essendon was left rueing batting collapses as they lost their first three wickets for 14 runs and then went from 4/120 to 7/128 and then 7/142 to 145 all out. James Ryan (54) and Lakshmn Shivakkumar (42) propped up the middle order but they were left without assistance.
The Third XI showed all the signs of being a bowling force to be reckoned with as they rolled Greenvale for just 99 en route to a five-wicket win. The Kangaroos were suffocated for 45 overs as Lachie Busk (3/8) and Lachie McLeod (3/33) dominated before Stephen Mihelakos-James tried to single-handedly chase the runs off his own bat with an unbeaten 63 as the Bombers won with a whopping 21 overs up their sleeve.