Premier cricket resumes from the Christmas/New Year tomorrow. The men’s 1st XI takes on Melbourne University for the Michael Sholly Cup. There are five two-day rounds of the men’s Premier home and away season remaining and given our ladder positions, all matches take on significant importance; none more so than the 1sts (13th) who take on 9th placed Melbourne Uni at the Albert Ground (starts at 11am).
The women’s Premier 1sts and 2nds T20 rounds continue on Sunday 14 with the 1sts playing Ringwood and the 2nds face Melton in a double header at the Albert. The 3rds ‘Shield’ team play Ringwood away.
The Club XI teams also start up again on Sunday where MCC 1 play Old Haileybury away and the Division 2 side host Old Whitefriars at HG Smith with an early 9.00am start Sunday morning.
For those heading to the men’s 2nds at Melbourne Uni tomorrow, there is no parking inside the uni as the usual entrance (Tin Alley) is closed for roadworks (just one of a gazillion roads in Melbourne at the moment!). Suggest park in College Cres/Cemetery Rd and walk through the laneway (Morrison Close) next to the Centre for Theology & Ministry building.
Whist not a Premier match, the Melbourne Cricket Club did play against the Marylebone Cricket Club the day after the Test match on December 31. The Melbourne team comprised not only current MCC cricketers, but also MCC members who play Premier at other clubs. They were Harry Michelmore, Henry Hall (both St Kilda CC) and Glen Parker (Camberwell-Magpies) who were delighted to be given the opportunity, as MCC members, to play a game on the MCG against a reciprocal club. It was also great to see former MCC great, Warren Ayres, back in Demon colours as well as current coach, Adam Dale.
The Marylebone team also comprised cricketers with a wide range of experience, including first-class, but were a little disappointed by the late withdrawal of Australian born Sam Robson who has played seven Tests for England.
A Long Room dinner preceded the match the night before, where Marylebone CC club chairman, Gerald Corbett DL, responded to a toast made to our guests by Melbourne CC president, Steven Smith.
Melbourne captain Andrew Kent won the toss and batted on …the Test pitch…Harry Michelmore (70 off 79 balls (three 4s and two 6s) and Ollie Gunning (82 (121 balls inc six 4s) opened up with a tremendous partnership of 127 before Harry departed. Unfortunately so did a few team mates in quick succession when Alistair McCooke (50 n.o.) joined Ollie at 4/133 to help steady the innings.
Glen Parker put on 57 with Alistair after Ollie was out. Stewart McCooke joined his brother his brother and I’m not sure who had the most joy, Alistair bringing up his 50 off the last ball of the innings, his brother that ‘ticked off’ a six on the MCG, or his father or grandmother watching!
For Marylebone, best of the bowlers were spinners Tom Smith (3/45 off 10 overs) and captain Luke Jarvis (2/28 off 10) who kept Melbourne to 6/245 when a bigger score loomed early on.
Henry Hall struck the first blow for Melbourne however Marylebone began to show promising signs in the chase, particularly from opener Tom Smith (62 off 70 balls, four 4s and two 6s). However Adam Dale (3/26) bowled yet another classical line & length, stump to stump 10 over spell that removed much of the top order. Brad Melville’s introduction kept the brakes on and took a more than handy 3/15 off seven overs including taking out their top scorer. Wilson McGillivray and Stewart McCooke also took wickets in their second spells and helped wrap up a 97 run win.
Melbourne CC 6/245 cc (H Michelmore 70, O Gunning82, A McCooke 50*, T Smith 3/45 defeated Marylebone CC 148 (T Smith 62, A Dale 3/26, B Melville 3/15)