Leg-spinner Jonty Leadbeater (pictured) appeared to be one player, at least, that enjoyed the transition to ‘two-day, red ball’ cricket by taking a personal best 6/37 from 18 overs in just his 12th game in Demon colours. His efforts ensured the 4th XI gained a much-valued six points to maintain their fourth spot on the ladder heading into the Christmas break. Casey-South Melbourne resumed at 2/27 chasing 256 and was in deeper trouble early through a Steven Van Riet wicket, a run out and an unfortunate knee injury to their number 4. Having already gained the initial breakthrough late on the previous Saturday, Jonty resumed control to take the last five wickets and pilot the 4ths to a 107-run win.
Unfortunately they were the only points the Demons added for the day. The 1st XI declared on their overnight score with a 100-run lead but found a far more resilient Swans top order second time around. An opening partnership of 101 was eventually broken by Wilson McGillivray that led to a run of wickets by Pat Smith (2/46) and Meyrick Buchanan (3/58). However stumps was called when Casey-South Melbourne were 6/240 in the second innings, with the Demons having to settle for the first innings points gained on day one.
The 3rds had left themselves with a highly unlikely task of taking eight wickets for under 27 runs. In fact we didn’t go close with the Swans declaring 94 ahead after losing seven wickets. Our effort with the bat second time around wasn’t much better than the first where Angus Campbell made 41 of our 107. The Swans had the task of making 11 from one over to win outright however Zac Mevissen (2/3) managed to insure that didn’t happen.
Of course the 2nd XI wrapped up their early Christmas gift of six points last Sunday and go into the second half of the season inside the top eight.
Play resumes again on January 13 where there are five two-day rounds to complete the home and away season. The 1st XI takes on Melbourne University for the Michael Sholly Cup. Of course all rounds will be important for the rest of the season given our current 13th position however a win would take us to within three points of our eighth placed opponent, whereas a loss would send us a distant 15 points behind a team we’d like to displace from the ‘eight’ come the end of the season.
The women’s T20 rounds continue on January 14 with the 1sts playing Ringwood and the 2nds face Melton in a double header at the Albert. The 3rds play Ringwood away.
The Club XI teams also start up again on the Sunday where MCC 1 play Old Haileybury away and the Division 2 side host Old Whitefriars.
For those wishing to take a closer study of the ladders over the break, they can be found here.
WILSON’S HAT-TRICK OF HAT-TRICKS
You may recall that in the Rd.4 2nd XI match v Ringwood earlier in the season that Wilson McGillivray took a hat-trick in his 6/29. Well Wilson was at it again at the recent national U.19 championships. Representing Victoria Metro in a play-off round against host state Tasmania, the home team were going along okay at 4/145 chasing the Vics 3/288. A partnership was broken then ‘enter Wilson’ for his second spell, who knocked over the numbers 7, 8 & 9 in consecutive deliveries, then added the no.10 for good measure next over finishing with 4/19 off 10 overs.
In the following match just two days later, a consolation final v ACT/NSW Country, Wilson did it again. Returning for his final spell of the tournament, he removed a century maker, the other not out bat, and completed the ‘trick’ with an LBW, finishing with 5/48 and ended up the highest wicket-taker of the championships.
Men’s Premier Rd 12 v Casey South Melbourne (Two-Day)
1st XI – Casey-South Melbourne 112 (P Smith 6/48 K Elliott 2/13 G Hannah 2/42) & 6/240 (M Buchanan 3/58 P Smith 2/46) defeated by Melbourne 3/212 (dec) (J Harper 85 M Brown 61* B Thomson 40 S Harper 25*) at Casey Fields #4
2nd XI – Melbourne 285 (S Brewin 73 J Koop 45 O Gunning 40 S McCooke 33* J Paynter 32) defeated Casey-South Melbourne 189 (K Elliott 4/38 S McCooke 2/42) at Albert Ground
3rd XI – Melbourne 117 (S Van Riet 27 M Tucker 25 M Cowdrey 25) & 107 (A Campbell 41) defeated by Casey-South Melbourne 7/213 (dec) (J Ash 2/13 T Cesaro 2/36) & 2/3 (Z Mevissen 2/3) at Casey Fields #5
4th XI – Melbourne 256 (P Halbish 73 M Cesarios 71* S Giese 41 A McCormick 26) 1/32 defeated Casey-South Melbourne 149 (J Leadbeater 6/37) at HG Smith Oval