The Albert Ground hosted nine T20 matches over the last two weekends that included a triple header on Saturday. Our women’s 1sts started the Demon weekend off on a winning note, defeating Prahran by 46 runs. Amy Vine (61 n.o.) lead the way with the bat and Amy Yates (2/20) and Anna O’Donnell (3/18) made the early inroads with the ball. My personal highlight was ‘off field’ when asked to present 14 y.o. first gamer, Ella Hayward, with her MCC cap (pictured right). We are confident of a great Demon career for Ella.
The 2nds, playing at HG Smith, followed up with a 53 run win over the True Blues. Stephanie Townsend (42) got the team off to a bright start. The bowlers had no trouble defending 5/122 with only 44 of Prahran’s 69 coming off the bat and Kampi Nainhabo impressing with 2/8 off her four overs.
The quirk of the fixtures had the men’s 2nd XI play both their matches at the Albert and they did remarkably well defending 6/131 and 122 on Saturday and Sunday respectively. In the match against Frankston the top score was just 28 by Andre De Lange and stand-in captain, Jack Paynter (not out). Scott Gordon (3/18) ate into the Heat’s top order and Stewart McCooke (1/18 off four) helped up the run rate during a critical period.
Andre capped a good weekend top scoring with 46 against Carlton. Ollie Gunning (2/9 off three) showed his versatility, Kieran Elliott (3/19) added plenty of fire while maintaining good control and Nathan Munasinghe (1/18 off four) held his nerve.
The 1sts went down in both matches. Set 153 by Frankston, we managed only 135 where Jack Harper top scored with 35. The less said of the game against Carlton the better where we were thoroughly outplayed.
Unfortunately the 3rds also didn’t register any points. A good effort with ball in hand saw us bowl out Frankston for 123 in the 20th over. Leg-spinners Nathan Munasinghe (3/20) and Michael Cowdrey (2/13) did well as did pacemen Cameron Sturrock and Tom Cesaro, each taking 2/20. The chase disappointingly fell 20 short where Michael Cowdrey (32) top scored. Playing at the Albert on Sunday, the bats were set a more challenging 3/177. They were making a reasonable fist of it, thanks largely to the promoted Alex Cesarios whose extremely promising 55 off 37 balls was terminated by rain. Disappointingly there was no resumption of play with the score 14 runs behind the Duckworth Lewis target.
The 4ths continued on their winning way on Saturday mustering 6/163 against the Heat. An all-round bowling performance kept Frankston 59 short with Josh Ash and Hugh Hyslop the multiple wicket takers. Against Carlton the following day, the initial target we set (7/112) was reduced to 94 off 16 overs due to a weather interruption. The boys fought well but went down in the last over where Hugh again took two wickets.
In other scheduled matches on the weekend, our women’s ‘Shield’ team battled for numbers and lost to Brighton Districts but was glad for the support from Bronte James (45) and our women’s co-ordinator Marcella Torre who came out of retirement (temporarily she hopes) to help put a team on the field and a competitive score on the board.
In Club XI cricket, sticky surrounds on afternoon showers saw the only scheduled match cancelled.
Next weekend, T20 cricket continues for the girls (includes a 1sts and 2nds double header at the Albert on Sunday) however, for Premier men, two-day cricket will finally arrive; the first of seven rounds to complete the remainder of the season where the 1sts take on Greenvale Kangaroos at home.
Men’s Premier Rd 9 v Frankston Peninsula (T20)
1st XI – Frankston Peninsula 5/153 (cc) (W McGillivray 2/35) defeated Melbourne 135 (J Harper 35) at Albert Ground
2nd XI – Melbourne 6/131 (cc) (A De Lange 28 J Paynter 28) defeated Frankston Peninsula 8/124 (cc) (S Gordon 3/28) at Albert Ground
3rd XI – Frankston Peninsula 123 (N Munasinghe 3/20) defeated Melbourne 7/103 (cc) (M Cowdrey 32) at Jubilee Park (Frankston) #2 Oval
4th XI – Melbourne 6/163 (cc) (A Campbell 28 A McCooke 27) defeated Frankston Peninsula 124 (J Ash 2/16 H Hyslop 2/39) at Jubilee Park (Frankston) #2 Oval
Men’s Premier Rd 10 v Carlton (T20)
1st XI – Melbourne 91 defeated by Carlton 2/94 at Princes Park #1 Oval
2nd XI – Melbourne 122 (A De Lange 46) defeated Carlton 6/111 (K Elliott 3/19 O Gunning 2/9) at Albert Ground
3rd XI – Carlton 3/177 (cc) defeated Melbourne 4/96 (A Cesarios) at Albert Ground
4th XI – Melbourne 7/122 (cc) defeated Carlton 7/94 (A McCooke 2/15 H Hyslop 2/18) at Princes Park #2 Oval
Women’s Premier Cricket
Firsts (Rd 1 T20) – Melbourne 7/168 (cc) (A Vine 61* G Ricardo 25) defeated Prahran 7/122 (cc) (A O’Donnell 3/18 A Yates 2/20) at Albert Ground
Seconds (Rd 1 T20) – Melbourne 5/122 (cc) (S Townsend 42) defeated Prahran 6/69 (K Nainhabo 2/8) at HG Smith Oval
Thirds (Rd 7 One Day) – Melbourne 81 (B James 45) defeated by Brighton District 2/82 at Dendy Park – West Oval
MCC Club XI
MCC 1 (Rd.5) – MCC 1 drew with Old Xaverians (washed out) at HG Smith Oval
MCC 2 (Rd.4) – MCC 2 v bye