There were several notable personal batting milestones achieved over the course of last weekend. In women’s Premier 2nds Annecy Homberg, who last week made her previous highest score for the Demons (35 n.o.), sailed past the magical half-century mark in an important knock for her team. Coming in at 3 for 34, and sharing an eighth wicket partnership with Kampi Nainhabo (31), Annecy (74 n.o.) was still there at the end when the innings closed at 8/242. This total proved too much for Dandenong, with Jordan Watson and Clem Ryan-Fuller leading the wicket takers with three apiece.
In our men’s 1st XI, playing the first of their two-day encounter at the home of Fitzroy-Doncaster, Sean Sturrock came in at number eight with his team six for 182 and seven for 197 not long after. Mixing determination with aggression, Sean made his maiden 1st XI half century, finishing unbeaten on 50 exactly (70 balls, five 4s and a six) that saw his team to 9/266 at stumps. Earlier in the day Sam Harper (62) kept his form up with the bat and Matthew Brown (48) ticked things over in the middle order.
Our men’s 3rds were in a bit of trouble at four for 73 when skipper Alistair McCooke joined young Demon debutant, Marcus Jackman. They put on 102 before Marcus (48) was unfortunately run out at the bowlers end; the old straight drive off the bowlers fingertips trick! Alistair was out not long after for a well-made 57, his highest 3rd XI score. Not to be outdone, Fergus O’Neill took over from there and made a stylish 69, surpassing his previous highest score of 68 made last season. The 3rds finished the day all out for 277 just on stumps.
The 4ths also had their day of ‘firsts’ in a different manner; Amy Yates and Bridie Chesterfield became the first of our female players to play in a Melbourne men’s Premier team. Well done to Amy and Bridie for taking on the challenge, with both spending a bit of time at the crease and looking ‘at home’. Skipper Josh Benson (62) held the innings together for the main part before his side was dismissed for 172. Two wickets to Cam Sturrock in the 14 overs before stumps, including putting one through the opener who was causing concern being 43 of the 50 scored off the last ball of the day’s play, puts the match well and truly up for grabs.
The 2nd XI put in a fairly ordinary day overall, being bowled out for just 152, with only Campbell Kellaway (39) and Sean Griffin (40) providing significant resistance. It didn’t get much better for them in the field, the Lions ending on 1/218.
Our women’s 1sts stumbled to an unexpected loss, being bowled out for 79. To their credit they put Dandenong under a lot of pressure defending the small target. Amy Yates added to her top-scoring 22 by taking 3 for 18. Tegan Orwin (2/22) also chimed in with a couple but we were left to rue not having a few more on the board being passed seven down.
The women’s Shield and two Club XI teams had the weekend off.
Men’s Premier Rd 5 v Fitzroy Doncaster (Day 1)
Firsts – Melbourne 9/266 (S Harper 62 S Sturrock 50* M Brown 48 B Melville 25) v Fitzroy Doncaster at Schramms Reserve #1
Seconds – Melbourne 152 (S Griffin 40 C Kellaway 39) v Fitzroy Doncaster 1/218 at Albert Ground
Thirds – Melbourne 277 (F O’Neill 69 A McCooke 57 M Jackman 48 A Pellin 30) v Fitzroy Doncaster at Schramms Reserve #2
Fourths - Melbourne 172 (J Benson 62) v Fitzroy Doncaster 2/50 (C Sturrock 2/10) at Beaumaris Secondary College, North Oval
Women’s Premier Cricket
Firsts (Rd 5 One-Day) – Melbourne 79 defeated by Dandenong 7/83 (cc) (A Yates 3/18 T Orwin 2/22) at Greaves Reserve #4
Seconds (Rd 5 One-Day) – Melbourne 8/242 (cc) (A Homberg 74* K Nainhabo 31 S Nichols 27) defeated Dandenong 8/158 (cc) (C Ryan-Fuller 3/26 J Watson 3/43 K Nainhabo 2/26) at Albert Ground
Thirds – no matches
MCC Club XI – no matches