Only the women’s 2nds and men’s 3rds came away with match points from the nine games the Demons were involved with over the weekend. The girls did so in emphatic style where the bonus point they earned kept them on top of a closely fought ladder whilst the boys found themselves in a very tight finish that could well have been a repeat of the tie they had the week before.
Playing in a low scoring game at Box Hill, our women’s 2s had opener Grace Mills (43) top score with Jordan Watson (27) the other main contributor in our 8/128. Box Hill looked well placed at 2/58 but tight Demon bowling eventually paid dividends when wickets started tumbling courtesy of Breannan Harris who ended up with the impressive figures of 4/12, with good support from Sam Ryan (2/8) and Kampi Nainhabo (2/16) to roll the home side for 82.
The women’s 1sts was shaping as a game to totally forget although I’m sure debutant Emma Medland (pictured receiving her cap off recently Hans Ebeling award recipient, David Crow) would always count it as a special day. What she wouldn’t have expected was to come in at 9/88. Emma (25 n.o.) wasn’t going to let the opportunity to do something special pass, combining with Annemarie Tanke (42 n.o.) to put on an unbeaten 73 for the last wicket to bat the overs out and have 161 to defend.
In the field we gave defending that total a good shot but were passed eight down in the 46th over.
Our men’s 3rds bowled the Saints out for 179 off the second last ball of their allotted 45 overs with Michael Cowdrey’s leg-spin capturing 3/27 and Scott Gordon also ending up with three after striking two early blows. Top scorer Sam Brewin (52) and Mac Short (43) put on an opening stand of 88 and at 2/125 things were looking straight forward. However at 7/145 things seemed much wobblier until skipper Josh Benson (28 n.o.) played a big part guiding his team home with assistance from Scott Gordon (12 n.o.); winning with a ball up their sleeve!
The 1sts and 2nds kept St Kilda to ‘chaseable’ scores but both fell well short of the mark. In the 1sts wickets were shared around early and knocking the Saints over looked a chance a one stage. A recovery resulted in St Kilda making 9/217 where Wilson MacGillivray ended with the very tidy figures of 3/24 from his 10. Unfortunately only Blake Thomson (46) and Jack Harper (34) made it past 30.
At the Albert, in the 2nds Sean Sturrock (4/34) created many more chances than the four successful ones that ended in the scorebook and Kieran Elliott worked hard for his 3/44. To be reduced to 9/94 in response to St Kilda’s 9/203 is difficult to explain, especially when opener Mat Begbie had little trouble making 49 of them (52 balls, three 4s & two 6s).
The 4ths welcomed some ‘experience’ to their team as our depth was tested with players on State/CA XI duties and others with school cricket. We scrapped our way to 145 with the assistance of a decent dose of ‘extras’. It was good to see Alex Cesarios (2/16) back at the bowling crease however, although we put in a competitive effort, we were passed five down in the 40th over.
Both MCC Club XI teams took to the field on the same weekend for the first time this season. Our 1sts team’s 7/172 was comfortably overtaken by Old Xaverians. Our 2nds had Chris Kent spinning some magic where, in attempting to defend 116, Chris took 5/27 (after also making 23) before we were beaten by just two wickets.
Our women’s Shield side took on Mt Martha where there are no details available at the time of writing other than to note they went down by 86 runs.
Next week, the women’s teams play their final one-day round for a period whilst the men’s teams start two weekends of T20 matches played on each Saturday and Sunday.
Men’s Premier Rd 6 v St Kilda (One-day)
1st XI – St Kilda 9/217 (cc) (W McGillivray 3/24 P Smith 2/52) defeated Melbourne 149 (B Thomson 46 J Harper 34) at Harry Trott Oval
2nd XI – St Kilda 9/203 (cc) (S Sturrock 4/34 K Elliott 3/44) defeated Melbourne 131 (M Begbie 49) at Albert Ground
3rd XI – St Kilda 179 (M Cowdrey 3/27 S Gordon 3/44) defeated by Melbourne 7/180 (cc) (S Brewin 52 M Short 43 J Benson 28*) at IW Johnson Oval
4th XI – Melbourne 145 (A McCooke 27) defeated by St Kilda 5/147 (A Cesarios 2/16) at HG Smith Oval
Women’s Premier Cricket
Firsts (Rd 5 One Day) – Melbourne 9/161 (cc) (A Tanke 42* G Ricardo 36 E Medland 25*) defeated by Box Hill 8/165 (A Yates 2/18 E Donald 2/32) at Albert Ground
Seconds (Rd 5 One Day) – Melbourne 8/128 (cc) (G Mills 43 J Watson 27) defeated Box Hill 82 (B Harris 4/12 S Ryan 2/8 K Nainhabo 2/16) at Box Hill City Oval
Thirds (Rd 5 One Day) – Mt Martha 4/185 (cc) defeated Melbourne 99 at King George Reserve
MCC Club XI
MCC 1 (Rd.3) – Old Xaverians 3/184 defeated MCC 7/172 (cc)
MCC 2 (Rd.3) – MCC 116 (D Wilde 25) defeated by Caulfield Grammarians/NCG 8/117 (C Kent 5/27 M Kennelly 3/21) at Glen Huntly Park