Club partnership records were broken in the women’s 1sts win that kept them in contention for a top two finish. Amy Vine and Kylie Crowley (pictured below) opened up to chase Prahran’s 5/199 and put on a magnificent 164-run opening partnership. It not only smashed the 1sts club record opening partnership of 98 that Amy was part of when achieved twice last season (with Teagan Parker and Stephanie Townsend), it sailed past the 1sts record for any wicket, the previous best being the 2nd wicket stand of 118 when Hayley Jensen combined with, guess who, Amy Vine against EMP last season.
It is also now the highest partnership in any of our women’s grades, eclipsing the 149-run 2nd wicket partnership between Bridie Chesterfield and Elly Donald in Premier 2nds against Prahran in 2014/15.
Amy’s 132 ball innings was an example of great concentration mixed with aggression at the right time, striking 12 boundaries to finishing 106 n.o., the second century in her Demon career. Her partner in crime, Kylie, perhaps batting a little more measured than her renowned aggressive approach (??), converted one of many starts she’s had this year to bring up her second half century of the season before being dismissed for 65 (104 balls, three 4s).
Earlier in the day, a first ball wicket to Anna O’Donnell (3/37) was a dream start but it took Elly Donald (2/29) to break up a 96-run 2nd wicket partnership, and she did so removing the two ‘in’ batsman within one run. Ella Hayward (3/34) had a far more profitable second spell and Anna added two more throughout the innings to limit Prahran from what was appearing to be a higher target at one stage.
The girls now play Box Hill in the final round next Sunday (away at Box Hill City Oval) where a win would result in us jumping over the Mustangs into second place.
The Seconds had a good win over Prahran. Batting first, opener Lauren Innes followed up last week’s century with an even 50. Dayna Smith also made a valuable contribution, her 44 being a personal best for Melbourne. In defending 7/197, we bowled Prahran out for 104. Jane Livesey (3/29) was welcomed back into the line-up and Kampi Nainhabo took an impressive 3/12 off 5.3 overs. Breannan Harris and Lauren Innes each took two apiece. The 2nds stay over a game clear on top and well positioned for a crack at another flag.
The Shield team played their last match of the season and went close to causing a major upset. They held top team Frankston to 9/113, largely thanks to Chelsea Wemyss who made early inroads (3/22 off 10 overs), and a tidy seven overs from each of Breese Jenkins and Alex Cornelius. Unfortunately we slipped from a promising 2/39 to be 8/60, at which point Rachel Heenan and Brooke Muscat put on 36 for the ninth wicket but we ended up 13 short at the close.
In men’s Premier, fair to say we’ve had better days since the Demons really started finding their collective feet last December. The 1sts, needing a win, elected to make first use of the Mervyn J Hughes Oval pitch that had a reasonably even spread of browned couch. The scorecard reads eight scores of 15 or more, six between 21 and 33. As a result, we were bowled out eight short of 200. With that card you can imagine that each time a promising partnership loomed, a loss of a wicket or two, put us behind where we’d like to be.
In response Footscray are 1/55, but confident that the spirit that has seen the boys keep their finals chances alive when they’ve appeared lost, will be there next Saturday to have a mighty crack at rolling the Dogs.
The 2nds had a rather sedate day at the crease save for Ollie Gunning who top scored with 66 off 69 balls. Thirties to Jackson Koop and Ask Middlin consolidated the innings and Zac Mevissen finished 40 n.o. when play concluded with the Demons 7/249.
The 3rds, needing an outright to fluke an unlikely finals place, sent Footscray in. That outright chance quickly evaporated when the Doggies openers put on 134. This was when the lads needed to dig deep to find some spirit; and found it in a big way from Nathan Munasinghe. Bowling into a strong breeze with their opener heading to a century, Nathan chipped away with his leg-spin and with much toil and a lot skill, was richly rewarded taking 8/78 off 28 overs. A quick scan of the club records has this as the club’s 6th best all-time 3rd XI figures. In dismissing Footscray for 254 and being 0/4 in response, this gives the boys the chance to finish on a winning note.
The 4th XI, needing a win to guarantee a top four placing, now look like relying on other results to do so after being bundled out for just 61, having been 2/36 at one stage. Things didn’t go much better in the field with the Bulldogs 4/161 at stumps.
Men’s Premier Rd 17 v Footscray (Two-Day)
Firsts – Melbourne 192 (M Buchanan 33 A De Lange 31) v Footscray 1/55 at Mervyn G Hughes Oval
Seconds – Melbourne 7/249 (O Gunning 66 Z Mevissen 40* A Middlin 36 J Koop 35 S Brewin 31) v Footscray at Albert Ground
Thirds – Footscray 254 (N Munasinghe 8/76) v Melbourne 0/4 at Tony Dodemaide Oval
Fourths – Melbourne 61 v Footscray 4/161 (P Frawley 2/45) at HG Smith Oval
Women’s Premier Cricket (One-day)
Firsts - (Rd. 9) – Prahran 9/199 (cc) (E Hayward 3/34 A O’Donnell 3/37 J Watson 2/29) defeated by Melbourne 3/201 (A Vine 106* K Crowley 65) at Albert Ground
Seconds – (Rd. 9) – Prahran 104 (K Nainhabo 3/12 J Livesey 3/29 L Innes 2/15 B Harris 2/26) defeated by Melbourne 7/197 (cc) (L Innes 50 D Smith 44) at Toorak Park
WCCC Shield (Rd. 12) – Frankston 9/113 (cc) (C Wemyss 3/22) defeated Melbourne 9/100 (cc) at East Seaford Reserve