Our women’s Shield (3rds) team responded to the disappointment of forfeiting our previous match, by winning their first game since the opening round of the season against the second best team in the competition. Sam Ryan was the star; having sent down her four overs for just 1/9, she then opened the batting and steered her team home, with a ball remaining, with an unbeaten 38. Stephanie Nichols also did well conceding only 1/11 off her four.
The 1sts won their T20 to keep their top two spot in the T20 ladder, being a game clear of third with three T20 rounds to be completed after the Christmas break. Playing Plenty Valley Bats, our English visitor Amara Carr (25) top scored while Amy Vine (20) and Teagan Parker (20 n.o.) made handy contributions. In defending 6/116, opening bowlers Anna O’Donnell (2/14 off 4 overs) and Ella Hayward (1/10 off 4) made things difficult for the ‘Bats’ who were kept to 5/97.
The 2nds, also playing the ‘Bats’, claimed just two wickets but held them to a ‘gettable’ 2/106. Unfortunately the chase didn’t go as planned and we fell 11 short where Bridie Chesterfield (36) led the scoring. The second T20 loss in a row has seen the 2nds slip a game and a half behind second place but still have five more T20 matches to make up the deficit.
All women’s teams now enter the Christmas/New Year recess and resume on January 13.
The men’s Premier teams were able to pack their creams and leave their ‘reds’ at home as they finally played their first ‘red ball two-day’ cricket of the season. All in all it was a very productive weekend up against Casey-South Melbourne, with the 1sts already having a 100-run 1st innings lead; the 2nds locked the six points away when they completed their match on Sunday; the 4ths are well placed to entrench themselves in the top four; while the 3rds have ‘a bit of work to do’.
Playing at Casey Fields, the Swans 1st XI chose to bat first but found themselves on the wrong end of a fired up Pat Smith (pictured) who crashed through the top order with the first four wickets to fall in quick time, before returning to grab two more to wrap up the innings and finish with his second best career figures with the Demons (6 for 48 off 14.2 overs). Glenn Hannah (2/42) and Kieran Elliott (2/13) chipped in at the right time to roll the Swans for 112. Jack Harper (85 off 138 balls, 11 fours and two 6s) had little trouble with the conditions, with Blake Thomson (40) and Matthew Brown (61 n.o.) seeming to enjoy the change of ball colour. With a 100-run overnight lead and the incentive to make a significant climb up the lower half of the ladder, I’m sure the lads will be honing in on a Christmas bonus of outright points.
The 2nds batting featured five scores over 30 with Sam Brewin (73) doing best, and Jackson Koop (45) playing as a bat, provided the backbone of their 285. An inspired spell of fast bowling by Kieran Elliott (4/38 off 16 overs) post lunch set the Demons up for a 96-run victory and should result in the 2nds being in the top eight at the break (and yes, for the keen reader, Kieran did play in the 1st XI the previous day but is making way for returning Victorian U.19 players next week).
The 3rds put in a disappointing effort with the bat on a grassy, but not dangerous, deck and were bundled out for 117 with three players getting 20s. An opening response of 70 didn’t help things but two late wickets to Tom Cesaro gives them some hope.
The 4ths also batted first, with ‘seasoned’ players Shane Giese (41) and Phil Halbish (73 off 55 balls) getting them out of early trouble and contributing the majority of the 153 when the 9th wicket fell. At that point, 15 y.o. Aeden McCormick, son of John playing his first game, joined fellow 15 y.o. Michael Cesarios who is a virtual veteran in his third season but with a previous top score of 15. They put on a remarkable 103 for the last wicket (that I’m sure will have our club statistician Mike Ringham going through the record books), before Aeden was out for 26 with Michael remaining unbeaten on 71; a tremendous effort by both boys.
In being all out for 256, it left enough time to grab 2/27 before stumps.
The MCC Club XI teams played their final round before the break with our Division 2 team bring up a win and back into finals contention. Raj Aiyappan (31 & 3/16) recorded a nice double as did skipper Andrew Baker (22 n.o. & 2/11) and Tom Mellick (25 & 2/11). The Division 3 team battled hard but were passed five down in the 35th over (of 40).
Men’s Premier Rd 12 v Casey South Melbourne (Two-Day)
1st XI – Casey-South Melbourne 112 (P Smith 6/48 K Elliott 2/13 G Hannah 2/42) v Melbourne 3/212 (J Harper 85 M Brown 61* B Thomson 40 S Harper 25*) at Casey Fields #4
2nd XI – Melbourne 285 (S Brewin 73 J Koop 45 O Gunning 40 S McCooke 33* J Paynter 32) defeated Casey-South Melbourne 189 (K Elliott 4/38 S McCooke 2/42) at Albert Ground
3rd XI – Melbourne 117 (S Van Riet 27 M Tucker 25 M Cowdrey 25) v Casey-South Melbourne 2/90 (T Cesaro 2/25) at Casey Fields #5
4th XI – Melbourne 256 (P Halbish 73 M Cesarios 71* S Giese 41 A McCormick 26) v Casey-South Melbourne 2/27 at HG Smith Oval
Women’s Premier Cricket
Firsts (Rd 4 T20) – Melbourne 6/116 (cc) (A Carr 25) defeated Plenty Valley 5/97 (cc) (A O’Donnell 2/14) at Yarrambat War Memorial Park
Seconds (Rd 4 T20) – Plenty Valley Melbourne 2/106 (cc) defeated Melbourne 7/99 (cc) (B Chesterfield 36) at Yarrambat War Memorial Park
Thirds (Rd 3 T20) – Brighton District 3/88 (cc) defeated by Melbourne 4/91 (S Ryan 38*) at Dendy Park – West Oval
MCC Club XI
MCC 1 (Rd.8) – MCC 9/147 (R Aiyappan 31 T Mellick 25) defeated Old Scotch 128 (R Aiyappan 3/16 A Baker 2/11 T Mellick 2/11 S Mellick 2/30) at HG Smith Oval
MCC 2 (Rd.8) – MCC 119 defeated by Old Carey 5/123 at Carey Sports Complex