The 1st XI looked like handing the points, and the Michael Sholly Cup, to Melbourne University, after appearing to be in control of their one-day match for most of the day. Patty Smith joined Wilson McGillivray as ‘last men standing’ with the score 9/194 chasing 210 and 22 balls remaining. The target was whittled down to eight to tie, nine to win, from the last over. A leg bye and a single off the first three balls meant, with three balls left, six to tie and seven to win.
The third last ball was in Patty’s ‘wheelhouse’ and he sent it sailing over long-on’s head for six, much to the joy of his team mates. With the field now up, the next ball was drilled over cover for four; game over!
Earlier in the day Wilson (3/44 off 10) led an even bowling performance in the field to restrict the ‘students’ to their 9/210. Sam Harper (58 off 61 balls) got the Demons off to a healthy start. Blake Thomson (66) top scored playing the anchor role, however we conjured to leave it to the last pair, and Patty’s heroics, to get us over the line.
The 1sts remain in 13th place but the middle part of the ladder has squeezed up with nine teams sitting 6th to 14th separated by just seven points with four two-day rounds remaining (weather permitting!).
The 2nds continued their round under ‘ordinary conditions’ and ended up with a convincing win. Uni resumed on 4/81 and although Kieran Elliott (3/39) got an early break to add to his two wickets last week, it looked like we might have to rely on a Uni declaration to give us a chance of a result. A run out and three wickets to Stewart McCooke (3/27) changed that and we chased 185.
Peter Petricola (82 n.o.) set the platform and, after Paddy Rowe (31) made a nice little contribution, Ollie Gunning (50 n.o.) joined ‘Pepsi’ to see the team home to an impressive 8-wicket win.
The 3rds had a disappointing day. Joel Ludik (34) was the only player to top 30 and our 163 total was passed just one down in the 33rd over.
The 4ths had a far more productive one. Playing ‘ordinary conditions’ after there was no play at all last week, we played aggressive but sensible cricket to set up a very handy win. Batting first, Paddy Frawley (88 off 86 balls) relished the opportunity to open up and made his highest score for the Demons and with cameos from Alistair McCooke (30) and Jonty Leadbeater (66), it allowed a declaration after just 36 overs, giving them 44 overs to take the 10 wickets.
To Uni’s credit they took up the challenge and never shut up shop. With that approach in mind, they gave plenty of chances although not all were taken. Cameron Sturrock took early wickets and a couple of run outs halted threatening partnerships before Shane Giese (3/10) helped wrap up the points with nine overs to spare.
The 4ths retain their top four place in the final eight, the 2nds moved up a couple of spots to 5th, whilst the 3rds need to find their best cricket to climb into the top half of the ladder.
Neither of our Premier women’s teams played on the weekend so our ‘Shield’ side were able to bask in the glory of a convincing 60-run win over Box Hill in their final T20 round of the season. Jennifer Sherman (67 n.o. off 53 balls, eight 4s)) made her first ever half-century for the club and Rebecca Heenan compiled 34 before retiring. Chelsea Wemyss (2/13), Breese Jenkins (2/13) and Brooke Muscat (2/17) all put in excellent four over spells to seal the win.
The girls finished the T.20 competition in 3rd place, narrowing missing a place in the T.20 final by half a game.
Unfortunately neither of the Club XI teams were able to bring home the points even though they both did well in the field to dismiss their opponents.
Tomorrow night (yes, Wednesday January 24) will see our women’s Premier 1sts play their first ever mid-week T.20 round at the Albert Ground, hosting Coburg, with the game to start at 5.30pm. I’m sure the team would appreciate seeing as many club people there as possible and there might even be a sausage or two on sale. A win will wrap up a T.20 final’s berth even though there is another round to go.
The women’s 2nds play a T.20 double header on Sunday against Carlton-Brunswick then Dandenong a Princes Park ovals no.1 & 2, the first game starting at 11am.
On Saturday the men’s two-day round, where the 1sts play for the Bruce Church Perpetual trophy, is against Kingston Hawthorn. The 1sts play away at Walter Galt Reserve, Mordialloc and the 3rds travel to Binnak Park, Watsonia (Northcote’s ‘second’ ground – don’t ask).
Men’s Premier Rd 13/18 v Melbourne Uni (Two-Day)
1st XI (Rd.18) – Melbourne Uni 7/210 (cc) (W McGillivray 3/44) defeated by Melbourne 9/214 (B Thomson 66 S Harper 58) at Albert Ground
2nd XI (Rd.13) – Melbourne Uni 185 (S McCooke 3/27 K Elliott 3/39) defeated by Melbourne 2/187 (cc) (P Petricola 82* O Gunning 50* P Rowe 31) at University Main Oval
3rd XI (Rd.18) – Melbourne 163 (J Ludik 34 N Munasinghe 29) defeated by Melbourne Uni 1/165 at HG Smith Oval
4th XI (Rd.13) – Melbourne 6/215 (dec) (P Frawley 88 J Leadbeater 36 A McCooke 30) defeated Melbourne Uni 156 (S Giese 3/10 C Sturrock 2/23) at Princes Park #3 Oval
Women’s Premier Cricket
Firsts (T20) – no matches
Seconds (Rd 6 T20) – Bye
Thirds (Rd 5 T20) – Melbourne 3/145 (cc) (J Sherman 67 R Heenan 34*) defeated Box Hill 7/85 (cc) (C Wemyss 2/13 B Jenkins 2/13 B Muscat 2/17) at Kalang Park
MCC Club XI
MCC 1 (Rd.10) – Old Geelong 131 (S Mellick 3/14 M Phillips 3/23 J Maher 2/16) defeated MCC 90 (A Baker 26 T Mellick 25) at HG Smith Oval
MCC 2 (Rd.10) – Caulfield Grammarians/NCG 136 (T Bischoff 3/24 C Kent 3/30 A Neylon 2/8) defeated MCC 123 (C Lill 34 A Gordon 30) at Glen Huntly Park