If ever there was an example of the beauty of having our own second ground that we maintain, there’d be none better than the very first match played on the North Oval at Beaumaris Secondary College (BSC) on Saturday. Having been subjected to rain and heavy skies during the week, and on Saturday itself, that prevented any play on the majority of Premier grounds, our 3rd XI was able to play from 1.30pm to stumps and achieved the only result across the four grades of the whole competition.
Our ground staff at BSC, Scott West and Mark Towson, might say they were ‘just doing their job’, but their efforts were second to none and much appreciated.
On the match itself, our bowlers gave little quarter to Casey-South Melbourne by bowling them out for 87, with four bowlers each taking two wickets and two taking one. With 18 overs play remaining the batsmen set about securing first innings points, and that they did in the last over of play after Pat Frawley (41) lead the way.
The 1sts failed to get a start and although the 2nds and 4ths played for a substantial part of the day, all matches in those three grades will be played as one-day matches next week. Under the rules, where five or more matches fail to have at least 36 overs play (32 overs in 3rds & 4ths), and no points have been achieved in any match in that grade, the round will replayed under one-day rules on day two. Hence, as our 3rds had a result, the whole of the 3rd XI grade will continue under two-day match conditions.
Individual performances will count in career records so, for example, Sean Griffin’s excellent 4/39 off 17 overs in the 2nds will not be completely lost.
The weather brightened for Sunday’s round of matches. Our women’s 1sts prevailed in a tight encounter with Plenty Valley. The bowlers were generally on top with Anna O’Donnell (2/18 off 10 overs), Tegan Orwin (2/15 off 10 inc. four maidens) and Ella Hayward (2/29 off 7.1) mainly responsible for bowling the ‘Bats’ out for 134. Amy Yates (42) set us on our way with Teagan Parker and Bridie Chesterfield making 20s. The chase got very tight but we held our nerve to get home with three wickets in hand and achieved a bonus point.
The 2nds batted first against Plenty Valley and had four players make between 19 and 28, ending on 4/151. This proved to be a few shy and we were passed six down in the 38th over. Stephanie Nichols (2/17) was the multiple wicket taker, adding to her 23 runs with the bat.
The women’s 3rds played a T20 double header but unfortunately didn’t collect any points. Yolanne Carvalho (33) top scored in the first game but our 4/66 wasn’t enough with Alex Cornelius collecting our two wickets. The 2nd match must have been far more exciting. Chasing 87, we agonisingly fell one short after Alana D’Aquino top scored with 38.
The men’s Club XI started their season although the number 2 team playing in Division 3 were disappointingly washed out on Saturday. Our Division 2 1st team debuted on the BSC North Oval but found the going, and opposition in particular, tough and were bowled out for 54. Reports were that we bowled and fielded well to have Old Haileybury four down when passed but lamenting that we didn’t have another 30 or 40 on the board.
Men’s Premier Rd 4 v Casey-South Melbourne (Two-Day)
Firsts – Melbourne v Casey-South Melbourne at Albert Ground - NO PLAY
Seconds – Casey-South Melbourne 9/164 (S Griffin 4/39 B Melville 2/22 A Boyle 2/30) v Melbourne at Casey Fields No. 4
Thirds – Casey-South Melbourne 87 (S McCooke 2/5 C Hasenkam 2/8 H Hyslop 2/9 F O’Neill 2/18) v Melbourne 3/89 at Beaumaris Secondary College, North Oval
Fourths - Casey-South Melbourne 4/145 (S Giese 2/24) v Melbourne at Casey Fields No. 5
Women’s Premier Cricket
Firsts (Rd 3 One-Day) – Plenty Valley 134 (T Orwin 2/15 A O’Donnell 2/18 E Hayward 2/19) defeated by Melbourne 7/135 (cc) (A Yates 42 T Parker 29) at Albert Ground
Seconds (Rd 3 One-Day) – Melbourne 8/151 (cc) (C Ryan-Fuller 28) defeated by Plenty Valley 6/152 (S Nichols 2/17) at Yarrambat War Memorial Park
Thirds (Rd 3 T20) – Melbourne 4/66 (cc) (Y Carvalho 35) defeated by Brighton District 2/70 (A Cornelius 2/23) at Beaumaris Secondary College, South Oval
Thirds (Rd 4 T20) – Geelong 4/87 (cc) defeated by Melbourne 6/86 (cc) (A D’Aquino 38) at Beaumaris Secondary College, South Oval
MCC Club XI
MCC 1 (Rd.1) – MCC 54 defeated by Old Haileybury 4/55 at Beaumaris Secondary College, North Oval
MCC 2 (Rd.1) – Old Carey v MCC at Carey Sporting Complex (Rees Oval) – MATCH ABANDONED