The women’s Reserves (as the grade is known) are through to the grand final for a tilt at back-to-back premierships whilst the men’s 2nd XI is the other Demon team to advance their finals aspirations following the weekend’s women’s semi and men’s quarter-final rounds. Unfortunately the women’s 1sts bowed out in a closely fought semi-final while the men’s 4ths campaign is also over.
Of course it is a team game but there were a couple of standout individual performances; one in the victor’s side and another that ended up on the losing end; centuries to Andre De Lange and Amy Vine.
In the men’s 2nds quarter-final, batting first at the Albert on a well grassed pitch, the Demons were in a spot of bother at 2/30 when Andre De Lange joined Ollie Gunning in the centre. A promising recovery was halted when two wickets fell on 91. However Andre had become well settled and took control, doing the bulk of the scoring and dominating a couple of handy partnerships. Eventually he was out for an invaluable 124 (161 balls, 13 fours and two 6s) with the score at 6/260.
New father Ash Middlin dug in with a much needed 42 and Kieran Elliott also gave the tail strength with a well put together 37 not out. Reaching 9/283 at stumps on day one, the 2nds managed to bat for three overs into the second day leaving Dandenong to chase 291 in a minimum of 90 overs.
The ‘quicks’ took wickets at regular intervals to have the Panthers on the back foot and when Peter Petricola swooped on a run out opportunity, Dandenong were 4/47. Glenn Hannah (3/35), Zac Mevissen (3/33) and Kieran Elliott (2/50) all followed up with wickets in subsequent spells and with Sam Brewin taking the last, Dandenong were bowled out for 125.
As mentioned earlier, Amy Vine provided the other highlight performance of the weekend, opening the batting in the 1sts semi-final against Box Hill and carried her bat, ending up a magnificent 108 not out, scored off just 135 balls that included 13 fours. This followed her century from two weeks ago and took her season tally past 500 runs, 366 of them scored in the 50-over one-day format at 52.3.
Kylie Crowley (35) continued her good touch at the top of the order and with a number of others chipping in, the Demons closed on 6/213. Unfortunately the Box Hill top order was also in good form and although the bowlers and fielders worked hard to dislodge them, success didn’t come frequently enough and were passed four down in the 48th over. Tegan Orwin was the only multiple wicket taker with a tidy 2/26 off her nine overs.
On the flip side, our Reserves put up an excellent chase to secure their grand final berth. Box Hill had reached 3/117 at one stage however we kept the Mustangs in check in the latter half, restricting them to 7/181. Clem Ryan-Fuller captured 3/35 off eight overs and Grace Mills (2/30) also grabbed a couple.
Grace followed up on her all-round qualities, opening the batting and making 51, before being dismissed in sight of the target at 3/165. Bridie Chesterfield (24) helped put on 64 for the second wicket before Grace was joined by Charli Killeen who fell one short of a half century. Although we lost a couple of late wickets, Parry Jenkins helped see the Demons home by five wickets.
The men’s 4ths were soundly defeated at the hands of Essendon who not only bowled well, but caught very well behind the wicket. Batting first the Demons never got meaningful partnerships going and were bowled out for 104. After a much needed early breakthrough, and although Hugh Hyslop (3/32) grabbed two wickets in four balls with the score on 52, we were up against it at 3/65 at stumps. On day two a few half chances didn’t register on the scoreboard and were passed four down. The 4ths showed great character to forge on after being passed and had the Bombers 6/109 but shook hands at 7/187.
So, the women’s Reserves and the men’s 2nds, continue their finals campaign, with the schedule being:
Men’s Premier Quarter-Finals (Two-Day)
Seconds – Melbourne 291 (A De Lange 124 A Middlin 42 K Elliott 37*) defeated Dandenong 125 (Z Mevissen 3/33 G Hannah 3/35 K Elliott 2/50) at Albert Ground
Fourths – Melbourne 104 defeated by Essendon 7/187 (H Hyslop 3/32) at Windy Hill
Women’s Premier Cricket Semi-Finals (One-day)
Firsts – Melbourne 6/213 (cc) (A Vine 108* K Crowley 35) defeated by Box Hill 4/214 (T Orwin 2/26) at Box Hill City Oval
Seconds – Box Hill 7/181 (cc) (C Ryan-Fuller 3/35 G Mills 2/30) defeated by Melbourne 5/184 (G Mills 51 C Killeen 49) at Schramms Reserve #2