The girls were presented with a much better day for cricket yesterday after men’s Premier cricket was heavily marred by the rain on Saturday. The three women’s games resulted in a win to the 1sts, a loss for the 2nds and a tie for the 3rds. Saturday’s weather meant that no more than 32 overs were bowled at any of Melbourne’s Premier men’s matches. An explanation will follow below at to what will happen with these games next week.
Our Club XI teams were also set to resume. Unfortunately Old Haileybury couldn’t get a pitch up for our Division 2 team. Our Division 3 side played an early game at HG Smith (9.00am) so players could head to the ODI at the MCG afterwards. We batted first making 5/126 off the agreed 32 overs with Jon Maher (62*) top scoring. The Old Whitefriars lads must have been looking to secure prime seats at the ‘G’ and passed us in the 25th over.
In missing four players to Victorian Country duties at the national country championships, Amara Carr (47 off 54 balls) made the most of the opportunity to open in the women’s 1sts T20 against Ringwood. Her partnerships with Amy Vine (20) and MCC debutante, Courtney Webb (23) (pictured) who has joined us from Tasmania where she has played a lot of representative cricket, helped the side to a healthy 5/133. In the field, Anna O’Donnell (3/13 off 4 overs) starred with the ball and Tegan Orwin (2/21) showed she is getting back to her usual form after having an early season injury.
The 2nds faced Melton where skipper top scored in her team’s 4/93. Unfortunately this tally was not quite enough, being chased down in the over despite Kampi Nainhabo’s 3/10 off 3 overs.
The 3rds held Ringwood to 9/68 courtesy off a tight four overs from Lauren Innes (2/9) and Brooke Muscat’s 2/12 off her four. Lauren (30*) completed a good double but unfortunately the game ended with scores tied.
Stop press: In referencing the national country championships, hot off the presses is congratulations to Teagan Parker, Stephanie Townsend and Amy Yates who have been selected in the Australian country team. Great achievement girls!
In Premier men’s, due to the amount of play lost to bad weather, the 1st and 3rd XIs will play a one-day match next Saturday while the 2nd and 4th XIs will continue under two-day conditions. In short, in grades where there were five or more matches that had less than 36 overs (32 overs for 3rds & 4ths) completed, and there was no result achieved in any match in that grade, that grades round will be played under one-day (limited over) conditions on the second day. In the 1sts 5 out of 9 games were below 36 overs bowled; 2nds only 3 of 9, 3rds 6 of 9 less than 32 overs; the 4ths only 3 out of 9.
All individual and team performances and records from Saturday's play in 1sts and 3rds will be retained for purposes of ladders and averages.
The 1st XI endured only 27 overs play where Melbourne Uni reached 2/83. The 2nds were making good inroads at 4/83 where Kieran Elliott (2/18) took early wickets and are reasonably placed to force a win on the 2nd day. The 3rds were also well placed having Melbourne Uni 5/56 however that will be wiped. The 4ths were unable to start as they were waiting for a large damp patch to dry where Friday’s rain leaked through holes in the cover before the heavens opened on Saturday afternoon.
Men’s Premier Rd 13 v Melbourne University (Two-Day)
Firsts - Melbourne University 2/83 v Melbourne at Albert Ground
Seconds - Melbourne University 4/81 (K Elliott 2/18) v Melbourne at University Main Oval
Thirds - Melbourne University 5/56 (SL Gordon 2/9) v Melbourne at HG Smith Oval
Fourths - Melbourne University v Melbourne – No play - at Princes Park #3 Oval
Women’s Premier Cricket
Firsts (Rd.5 T20) – Melbourne 5/133(cc) (AD Carr 47) defeated Ringwood 8/105(cc) (A O'Donnell 3/13 T Orwin 2/21) at Albert Ground
Seconds (Rd.6 T20) Melbourne 4/93(cc) (B Chesterfield 41) defeated by Melton 8/94 (K Nainhabo 3/10) at Albert Ground
Thirds (Rd.4 T20) – Ringwood 9/68(cc) (L Innes 2/9 B Muscat 2/12) tied with Melbourne 6/68(cc) (L Innes 30*) at King George Reserve
MCC Club XI
MCC 1 (Rd.9) – MCC drew with Old Haileybury – No play - at Haileybury College Oval
MCC 2 (Rd.9) – MCC 5/126(cc) (J Maher 62*) defeated by Old Whitefriars Cricketers 2/127 at HG Smith Oval - Royal Park