Sam Harper on way to his maiden century on Saturday
It’s been a while since the men’s Premier teams brought up four wins but they did that on Saturday and, in doing so, propelled themselves into a position where the possibility of all four teams playing finals lies largely in their hands. Our women’s 1sts continued their winning form in their final T20 round ahead of next Saturday’s T20 final against EMP at Harry Trott Oval (2.30pm start). The 2nds and 3rds suffered losses as did both Club XI teams.
Playing for the Bruce Church Perpetual Trophy, the 1sts went on a run rampage. Resuming at 1/83 in pursuit of 295, Will Pucovski was the ‘rock’ behind the chase, batting beautifully for 138 (240 balls, 17 fours) before being dismissed one short of the target. He lost overnight partner Blake Thomson (41) and Matthew Brown before being joined by Sam Harper with the score at 3/140.
With the six points on the line, Sam settled into his work early before turning on the afterburners, delighted to bring up his first century for the Demons. He scored a 100 in the middle session, turning on a powerful hitting display late in the piece before being out for 145, scored off just 116 balls that delivered 11 fours and eight 6s, Seb Gotch joined the party on Will’s dismissal, helping himself to a quick fire 86 (57 balls. Six 6s, seven 4s). A declaration with 34 overs of play left was batted out by the Hawks and stumps called when there was no chance of an outright. However the win has seen the 1sts jump to ninth, just five points off eighth with three rounds to play.
The 2nds put outright points on the line with a declaration late last week. They made steady progress into the Hawks 2nd innings line up and eventually dismissed them for 191 giving us 41 overs to make 190 for the 10 points. Will O’Brien (3/25) and Glenn Hannah (3/60) did best with the ball. In pursuit, Peter Petricola (62) and Andre De Lange (98) had us well on track but when Andre started to lose partners and then with his own departure with the finishing line in sight, the rest of the order faltered and fell four short being nine down and averting what went close to an outright loss, keeping their fourth spot on the ladder.
The 3rds had no such trouble wrapping up outright points. They pushed on from their overnight score of 3/73 to declare with a modest 60 run lead. At 7/17 that lead looked to be ‘plenty’ and although their tail wagged a little, we eventually bowled the Hawks out for just 54. Scott Gordon (3/3 off six overs) led the way, with two wickets each to Alex Cesarios, Nathan Munasinghe and Pat Frawley. The 10 points for the outright has put them back into finals calculation, being 10th but less than a first innings win out of the final eight.
The 4ths had no trouble defending 301, knocking over Kingston for 113. Having them 7/32 generated thoughts of an outright push, largely thanks to Cameron Sturrock’s amazing figures 4 for 6 (8 overs, 4 maidens), however the Hawks chewed up enough overs to dismiss those thoughts. The 4ths stepped up one place to sit third.
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) & 1/71 defeated by Melbourne 5/450 (dec) (S Harper 145 W Pucovski 138 S Gotch 86* B Thomson 41) at Walter Galt Reserve
Seconds – Kingston Hawthorn 158 (W O’Brien 4/42 B Melville 2/23 G Hannah 2/27) & 191 (W O’Brien 3/25 G Hannah 3/60 Z Mevissen 2/32) defeated by Melbourne 2/160 (dec) (P Petricola 77 O Gunning 68*) & 9/186 (A De Lange 98 P Petricola 62) at Albert Ground
Thirds – Kingston Hawthorn 56 (S Gordon 3/14 P Halbish 2/4) & 54 (S Gordon 3/3 P Frawley 2/12 A Cesarios 2/14 N Munasinghe 2/16) defeated outright Melbourne 7/116 (dec) (P Frawley 38 A Cesarios 28) at Binnak Park
Fourths - Melbourne 9/301 (dec) (M Tucker 100* S Giese 54 A McCooke 35 T Thompson 30 J Ash 25) & 1/71 (A Campbell 31*) defeated Kingston Hawthorn 113 (C Sturrock 4/6 C Lill 2/7) at HG Smith Oval
Women’s Premier Cricket
Firsts (Rd.7 T20) – Box Hill 98 (S Townsend 3/13 A Yates 2/10) defeated by Melbourne 5/102 (E Donald 26) at Box Hill City Oval
Seconds (Rd.9 T20) - Melbourne 9/78 (cc) (B Chesterfield 29) defeated by Box Hill 1/79 at Box Hill City Oval
Thirds (Rd. 8 One-Day) – Melbourne 162 (L Innes 97*) defeated by Spotswood 3/164 at King George Reserve
MCC Club XI
MCC 1 (Rd.11) – Old Wesley 8/198 (cc) (S Mellick 4/30 T Bischoff 2/32) defeated MCC 106 at Wesley College Playing Fields, Syndal
MCC 2 (Rd.11) – Old Whitefriars 8/153 (cc) (C Kent 3/22 C Joplin 2/37) defeated MCC 7/130 (cc) at HG Smith Oval