Our women’s 2nds, led by Bridie Chesterfield, was the only female team to chalk up a win on the weekend after the 1st XI was washed out and the 3rds went down narrowly to Ringwood. It was as much of an effort to get the 2nds game played as it was to win it – thanks to those people that got covers down Saturday afternoon and off again early Sunday morning.
Shortened to 28 overs, Plenty Valley was restricted to 8/86 largely thanks to Ella Hayward’s 3/20 (off six overs), Sam Ryan’s miserly 2/8 (also off six) and Clem Ryan-Fuller (1/6) conceding just six runs off four overs. The chase looked a bit shaky however Annemarie Tanke (28 n.o.) steered the Demons home.
The men’s Premier teams had a weekend of T20 matches with the 4ths bringing up a winning double. The 2nds and 3rds couldn’t repeat their Saturday win’s over Dandenong Panthers with each going down to Geelong. The men’s 1st XI was one of five 1st XI matches to get washed away with the Saturday afternoon storms and found Geelong too good yesterday.
Time doesn’t permit a detailed account of all matches played over the two days however there were plenty of highlights to recount:
- Peter Petricola’s blazing 91 n.o. off 44 balls (five 4s & six 6) to set up the 2nds match winning score of 7/176 over Dandenong. Jack Harper also contributed 38 whilst wickets were spread with two each to four bowlers.
- The 4ths destroyed Dandenong on Saturday with Kane Bennett (50) and Alistair McCooke (53) combining for an opening stand of 114, bringing up their 100 partnership in the 11th over.
- Defending 3/172 on a smallish ground and on a good pitch wasn’t a laydown misere but someone forgot to tell Cam Sturrock that. After sending down just 16 balls, he’d claimed his first ever ‘five for’, finishing with 5/10 off 3 overs (under bowled you could say). Hugh Hyslop (3/7) then finished things off.
- The 4ths Sunday win over the Cats had many more contributors but the stand out was the all-round performance of Alex Cesarios who made a bright 38 and bowled with a lot of spark to claim 3/13.
- The 3rds, to be blunt, had a fairly dismal weekend with the bat but showed a lot of fight in defending 9/96 against the Panthers. Four run outs highlighted the spirit in the field, perhaps inspired by a brilliant Mac Short catch. Max Tucker (2/5 off 2.5) closed the game out and Michael Cowdrey (2/30) played his part.
- On Sunday Tom Cesaro (4/21) pulled the Cats back into line, as did Nathan Munasinghe (3/12) however we lost a couple of key bats in pre-game & fielding mishaps and weren’t up to the chase.
- Cameron White’s (38 n.o.) Saturday innings was cut short by the storm and there was no play beyond our 3/100 after 13.1 overs. However, on Sunday, Cameron picked up where he left off and batted through to be 85 n.o. (62 balls, three 4s and four 6s). Sam Harper made 32 and 28 over the two days. Unfortunately our 3/156 wasn’t enough as a couple of in-form Cats controlled their innings to pass us two down in the 18th.
The only scheduled MCC Club XI match was washed out.
It would be remiss not to mention our gratitude that we extend to the Kew CC, for arranging to make their ground firstly available, then playable, for yesterday’s men’s 3rds and 4ths matches.
Next week all four Premier men’s teams and our three women’s teams play T20s. A highlight of the weekend should be a triple header at the Albert Ground on Saturday where our women’s 1sts play Prahran (starting at 9.30am) followed by the men’s 2nds (1.00pm) then the 1sts (4.30pm) who both play Frankston Heat. The 3rds and 4ths play at Frankston no.2 (a WNCL match is being played on their main oval) whilst our women’s 2nds will be at HG Smith (11am). The 3rds round off the day’s matches, playing Brighton at Dendy Park.
The men then back up with T20 Sunday matches against Carlton with both MCC Club XIs also scheduled to play. If that’s all too much to digest, go to this web page here that sets out the venue and times of all the weekend’s matches. http://mycricket.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/upcomingmatches.aspx?entityid=212
Men’s Premier Rd 7 v Dandenong (T20)
1st XI – Melbourne 3/100 (C White 38* S Harper 32) v Dandenong at Albert Ground – match abandoned (rain)
2nd XI – Melbourne 7/176 (cc) (P Petricola 91* J Harper 38) defeated Dandenong 9/152 (cc) (G Hannah 2/28 W O’Brien 2/31 K Elliott 2/31 S McCooke 2/38) at Albert Ground
3rd XI – Melbourne 9/96 (cc) (J Ludik 26) defeated Dandenong 85 (M Tucker 2/5 M Cowdrey 2/30) at Greaves Reserve (Oval 4)
4th XI – Melbourne 3/171 (cc) (A McCooke 53 K Bennett 50 A Cesarios 30) defeated Dandenong 46 (cc) (C Sturrock 5/10 H Hyslop 3/7) at Greaves Reserve (Oval 4)
Men’s Premier Rd 8 v Geelong (T20)
1st XI – Melbourne 3/156 (cc) (C White 85* B Thomson 32 S Harper 28) defeated by Geelong 2/157 (W McGillivray 2/29) at Albert Ground
2nd XI – Melbourne 9/111 (cc) (J Paynter 27) defeated by Geelong 7/114 (G Hannah 3/18 S McCooke 2/28) at Albert Ground
3rd XI – Geelong 9/131 (cc) (T Cesaro 4/21 N Munasinghe 3/12) defeated Melbourne 9/69 (cc) at Victoria Park (North Oval) - Kew
4th XI – Melbourne 8/152 (cc) (A Cesarios 38) defeated Geelong 9/98 (cc) (M Cesarios 3/6 A Cesarios 3/13) at Victoria Park (North Oval) – Kew
Women’s Premier Cricket
Firsts (Rd 6 One Day) – Plenty Valley v Melbourne at Yarrambat War Memorial Park – match abandoned (rain)
Seconds (Rd 6 One Day) – Plenty Valley 8/86 (cc) (E Hayward 3/20 S Ryan 2/8) defeated by Melbourne 6/87 (A Tanke 28*) at HG Smith Oval
Thirds (Rd 6 One Day) – Melbourne 7/134 (cc) defeated by Ringwood 6/137 at Proclamation Park
MCC Club XI
MCC 1 (Rd.4) – Melbourne High School Old Boys drew MCC 1 at Melbourne High School - Woodfull-Miller Oval – match abandoned (rain)
MCC 2 (Rd.4) – MCC 2 v bye