Last Wednesday evening our women’s 1sts played their first ever Premier mid-week match for points with the resultant win over Coburg ensuring them a top-two finish on the T20 ladder with a round still to play. Captain Teagan Parker (50 n.o. off 51 balls) lead the way with the bat whist Amy Yates (3/11 off 4 overs) and Tegan Orwin (2/9 off 4) shone with the ball in their 50-run win.
Only the women’ 2nds played on Sunday, a T20 double header at Princes Park. They split their results, falling five runs short in the chase in the first game but made amends in the 2nd with a comfortable 56-run victory.
The Premier men finally played another full day of red ball cricket on Saturday, the first day of their Rd.14 matches against Kingston-Hawthorn. On a day where there was plenty to write about, Max Tucker grabbed the headlines with an unbeaten even 100 in the 4ths, his first for the Demons having fallen four short of that mark a couple of seasons ago (I’ll let you ask him if ‘first ever’). Coming in at 3/100 but finding the side 5/119 not long after, Max dug in for the long haul and 139 balls later brought up his century. Shane Giese (54) gave great support that allowed a late declaration at 9/301, a move that was rewarded with a wicket.
The 2nd and 3rd XIs have already brought up 1st innings points. At the Albert Ground, Glenn Hannah (2/27), Brad Melville (2/23) and Zac Mevissen made early inroads and just as a Kingston 2nd XI recovery loomed, Will O’Brien (4/42) crashed through with four wickets. The Demon top order, namely opener Peter Petricola (77) and number 3 Ollie Gunning (68 n.o.), set about the 158-run target positively, which was achieved in 33 overs. In a quest for outright points a declaration followed and although all 10 Hawks wickets still stand there is plenty to play for next week.
The 3rds travelled to Northcote’s Binnak Park, Watsonia, to take on the Mordialloc based Kingston Hawks and found a fairly sporting strip, although the outfield may have been confused with what sporting season it actually was. Fortunately skipper Josh Benson called the toss correctly and although it took until the 44th over to do so, the Hawks were bowled out for 56. Scott Gordon (3/14 off 11) and Phil Halbish (2/4) were the multiple wicket takers with the four other bowlers used taking one each plus a run out. In response we are 3/73 with Paddy Frawley making 38. A declaration may have been considered, if our hosts had considered packing a third new ball…
There was plenty of leather flying around at our 1sts venue, the Walter Galt Reserve. Unfortunately a lot of it came off the bat of Kingston Hawthorn’s English ‘pro’, Jack Taylor, who made 143 (118 balls) of the 230 scored whilst he was at the crease. Pat Smith (3/42) and Wilson McGillivray (3/49) both took early wickets and fought back with handy breakthroughs at various stages however we ended up with a chase of 295 runs on our hands. Will Pucovski (44 n.o.) and Blake Thomson (35 n.o.) have put on 80 after an early loss and we hope they continue that partnership deep into next Saturday.
Men’s Premier Rd 14 v Kingston Hawthorn (Two-Day)
Firsts – Kingston Hawthorn 295 (W McGillivray 3/42 P Smith 3/49 S Sturrock 2/94) v Melbourne 1/83 (W Pucovski 44* B Thomson 35*) at Walter Galt Reserve
Seconds – Kingston Hawthorn 158 (W O’Brien 4/42 B Melville 2/23 G Hannah 2/27) & 0/13 v Melbourne 2/160 (dec) (P Petricola 77 O Gunning 68*) at Albert Ground
Thirds – Kingston Hawthorn 56 (S Gordon 3/14 P Halbish 2/4) v Melbourne 3/73 (P Frawley 38 A Cesarios 21*) at Binnak Park
Fourths - Melbourne 9/301 (dec) (M Tucker 100* S Giese 54 A McCooke 35 T Thompson 30 J Ash 25) v Kingston Hawthorn 1/8 at HG Smith Oval
Women’s Premier Cricket
Firsts (Rd.6 T20) – Melbourne 6/142 (cc) (T Parker 50*) defeated Coburg 8/92 (cc) (A Yates 3/11 T Orwin 2/9) at Albert Ground
Seconds (Rd.7 T20) Carlton-Brunswick 6/114 (cc) (S Ryan 3/17) defeated Melbourne 8/109 (O Downes 23) at Princes Park #1 Oval
Seconds (Rd.8 T20) Melbourne 4/115 (cc) (B Chesterfield 29* G Mills 25) defeated Dandenong 59 (D Smith 2/2 E Hayward 2/5 B Harris 2/15) at Albert Ground
Thirds – no scheduled match
MCC Club XI
Div 2 - no scheduled match
Div 3 – Rd.5 rescheduled match – abandoned (heat rule)