The men’s 1st XI season is over, after winning their previous six games to lift them from 16th to finals contender, going down in the final ‘must win’ round to Footscray. In fact it was a rather lean day against the Bulldogs, with the 2nds and 4ths also losing, and the 3rds holding out for a draw.
Our women’s 1sts, playing Box Hill where the winner would finish second on the season ladder and the right to a home final, went down by 46 runs.
On a brighter note the Reserves, already guaranteed top of the ladder position, finished their home and away season in winning form, culminating with a huge degree of excitement when Emma Medland claimed a hat-trick off the last three balls of the day to seal an eight run win.
Earlier in the day skipper Bridie Chesterfield top scored with 76, her first half-century of the season after some earlier near misses. Parry Jenkins (26) and Emma Medland (24 n.o.) also chipped in to help their side to 8/197 off the 45 overs. Box Hill was making good progress in pursuit and reached 6/183 but just when the Mustangs got within striking distance Emma closed things out in the finest of styles.
The women’s 1sts were in the field first and although they looked to be pegging back Box Hill at different stages, they were a 198-run target, Elly Donald did best with 3/23 off her seven overs. In reply Kylie Crowley (30) got us away to a good start and Amara Carr (49) set in for the long haul but wickets fell all too regular and were bowled out 45 short.
In the men’s 1sts, with Footscray resuming at 1/55 and state player Travis Dean added back into their line-up, faced a real task defending 192 and went down fighting by three wickets. Sean Sturrock (4/79) was the pick of the bowlers, creating chances and a few near misses, with Jackson Coleman (2/58 off 25 overs) also putting his heart and soul into it.
The 2nds continued on from their overnight score of 7/244 to declare at 8/290 when Zac Mevissen was out for 68. Wickets were hard to come by although at 4/131 we appeared a chance before a 119-run partnership thwarted that. Brad Melville (3/46) did best with the ball. Despite the loss the 2nds still finished 3rd.
The 3rds, chasing Footscray’s 254, suffered early losses before Fergus O’Neill (58) joined Joel Ludik (55) for a steadying 96-run partnership. The run rate required started edging out and the fall of wickets halted any momentum, to the stage where we batted out a draw eight down still 42 short.
The 4ths, already 100 behind on first innings when the Bulldogs resumed at 4/161, held their lead to 177. Unfortunately we didn’t fare much better in the second dig, making just 109 and losing outright, Trent Thompson (38) putting up the greatest resistance. The consolation is we hung onto third place.
So, the women’s 1sts and Reserves, and the men’s 2nds and 4ths, season continues into finals, with the schedule being:
Men’s Premier Rd 17 v Footscray (Two-Day)
Firsts – Melbourne 192 (M Buchanan 33 A De Lange 31) defeated by Footscray 7/224 (S Sturrock 4/79 J Coleman 2/58) at Mervyn G Hughes Oval
Seconds – Melbourne 8/290 (dec) (Z Mevissen 68 O Gunning 66 A Middlin 36 J Koop 35 S Brewin 31) defeated by Footscray 7/294 (B Melville 3/46 W O’Brien 2/79) at Albert Ground
Thirds – Footscray 254 (N Munasinghe 8/76) drew Melbourne 8/212 () at Tony Dodemaide Oval
Fourths – Melbourne 61 & 109 (T Thompson 38 P Frawley 26) defeated by Footscray 9/238 (dec) (P Frawley 2/45) at HG Smith Oval
Women’s Premier Cricket (One-day)
Firsts - (Rd. 10) – Box Hill 8/197 (cc) (E Donald 3/23) defeated Melbourne 153 (A Carr 49 K Crowley 30) at Box Hill City Oval
Seconds – (Rd. 10) – Melbourne 6/196 (cc) (B Chesterfield 76 P Jenkins 26) defeated Box Hill 9/188 (E Medland 3/29 J Livesey 2/40) at Albert Ground