Unfortunately our Premier 1sts were well beaten by Essendon Maribyrnong Park in the women’s T20 final last Saturday. Batting first, Amy Yates (31) led a recovery after a shaky start where we were 2 for 8. Stephanie Townsend, Amy Vine and Amara Carr tried to give the innings momentum but lost their wickets in doing so and we ended on 8/96. EMP’s aggressive start with the bat paid dividends and although Brea Sutton chimed in with 2/5 off her two overs we had too little to play with and were passed in the 14th over.
There were plenty of highlights in the three winning men’s Premier teams in their Saturday/Sunday clash against Northcote. Sam Harper (128 n.o. off 145 balls, 12 fours and three 6s) backed up his debut Demon century with another outstanding innings. Peter Petricola (113 off 163 balls, 14 fours and a 6) finally converted one of many good ‘starts’ into his first of the season. There were five other half century makers and five players took ‘four fors’, including Alistair McCooke (4/11 & 4/14) who did it twice in the 4ths. In the same game, Adam Tonkin snapped up six victims behind the stumps in Northcote’s 1st innings, equaling a club record in that grade.
In the 1sts, played at the Bill Lawry Oval, Kieran Elliott (4/55) and Patrick Smith (4/61) led the attacked and with Sean Sturrock getting the other two, we dismissed the Dragons for 217. Jack Harper (50) played very solid at the top of the order despite losing early partners. Matthew Brown (84) joined Jack to steady the ship to see the Demons to 2/60 at stumps. On Sunday they continued on until the loss of Jack at 3/99. That is where brother Sam took up with Matthew, combining for a match clinching 4th wicket partnership of 131 to grab the six points.
A declaration halted Sam’s innings, and that of Meyrick Buchanan (30 n.o.) who was spending handy time at the crease, in what might have been viewed as an unlikely quest for outright points with just 41 overs play possible. However, if you look at the ladder, results meant we are still 9th but now seven points out of the eight with two rounds remaining (six points are awarded for 1st innings, 10 for an outright) so any remote chance of an outright result had to be (and has to be) followed.
The 2nds built their win around a good batting performance led by Peter Petricola. It was great to see Jackson Koop (52) back in Demon colours after a back injury has curtailed his ability to bowl for a period and he put on 128 with Pepsi. Sam Brewin (56 n.o.) took over on Pepsi’s departure at 5/193 and, with Ash Middlin (41 n.o.), put on 87 for the 7th wicket to allow a declaration at 6/304.
Wickets were hard to come after Zac Mevissen grabbed one early before Will O’Brien (4/34) and Brad Melville (3/27) made started to make heavy inroads. Glenn Hannah took two of the last three to see the Demons home by 94 runs.
The 4th XI were the other victors. After sending Northcote in, Hugh Hyslop (3/24) dismissed both openers. Alistair McCooke took care of the middle/lower order to snuff out the Dragons 118. The chase was a little shaky until a partnership of 82 between Michael Cowdrey (38) and Charles Lill (59 off 51 balls, eight 4s) saw us to first innings points. A declaration occurred with a52-run lead, looking to ‘run through’ Northcote a second time. It didn’t come off although we did have them 6/87 and allowed Alistair to collect his second bag of four.
For those intrigued by the possible association of the Lill name, Charles recently joined the club, recommencing his cricket career after two seasons off, having moved to Melbourne from WA two years ago to pursue a football at Essendon FC. The answer is ‘yes’ for those wondering, Charles is the grandson of John – welcome Charles.
The 2nds head into Rd.16 (v Prahran) in 4th spot, the 3rds lost ground by dropping to 12th but are still just five points out of the top eight. The 4ths are in 2nd place and guaranteed of finals but will want to continue on their winning way to finish in the top two.
In other MCC matches last weekend, our Shield women’s team were held to 9/112, Lauren Innes top scored with 20 and did best with the ball (1/9 off 5 overs) but were passed two down.
In MCC Club XI, our Division 2 team bowled Old Scotch out for 143 with Tom Bischoff and Jonathan Grigg each claiming three wickets. Unfortunately Jonathan Maher (57) didn’t get enough support and we fell 13 short. Our Division 3 side received a forfeit as fellow Premier club opponent, Northcote, couldn’t find a spare ground with Premier clubs playing Saturday and Sunday.
Or Women’s reserves had the weekend off and resume in the one-day format this Saturday, as the 1sts will do, both sides playing EMP (1sts at the Albert on Sunday).
Men’s Premier Rd 15 v Northcote (Two-Day)
Firsts – Northcote 217 (K Elliott 4/55 P Smith 4/61 S Sturrock 2/35) & 2/90 defeated by Melbourne 4/311 (dec) (S Harper 128* M Brown 84 J Harper 50 M Buchanan 30*) at Bill Lawry Oval
Seconds – Melbourne 6/304 (dec) (P Petricola 113 S Brewin 56* J Koop 52 A Middlin 41*) defeated Northcote 208 (W O’Brien 4/34 B Melville 3/27 G Hannah 2/46) at Albert Ground
Thirds - Northcote 9/206(dec) (SL Gordon 4/57 AM Cesarios 2/35) defeated Melbourne 103 (N Munasinghe 32) at Binnak Park
Fourths - Northcote 118 (A McCooke 4/11 H Hyslop 3/24) & 6/87 (A McCooke 4/14) defeated by Melbourne 7/170 (dec) (C Lill 59 M Cowdrey 38) at HG Smith Oval
Women’s Premier Cricket
Firsts - T20 Final – Melbourne 8/96 (cc) (A Yates 31) defeated by EMP 3/97 (B Sutton 2/5) at Harry Trott Oval
Seconds – no scheduled match
Thirds (Rd. 9 One-Day) – Melbourne 9/112 (cc) defeated by Carlton-Brunswick 2/113 at King George Reserve
MCC Club XI
MCC 1 (Rd.12) – Old Scotch 143 (T Bischoff 3/21 J Grigg 3/30 S Mellick 2/20) defeated MCC 9/130 (J Maher 57 J Jackson 25) at Scotch College – Melville Oval
MCC 2 (Rd.12) – Northcote forfeited to MCC (ground unavailable)