The 1st XI chalked up a much needed win over the Saints heading into the Christmas and New Year break, with Will Pucovski (83 n.o. off 132 balls) and Matthew Brown (77 off 92 balls) steering the Demons home to an eight-wicket win in a polished display. Bowling first, a solid display in the field kept St Kilda to 9/199 from their 50 overs. Sean Sturrock (2/32 off 10 overs) and Aaron Boyle (2/34 off 10) were economical in picking up multiple wickets. In response we lost Blake Thomson with a hamstring before Meyrick Buchanan was dismissed at 1 for 29. This was where Will and Matthew took control with their 135-run partnership.
The 2nds got out of the blocks early with skipper Peter Petricola (103 off 126 balls) leading the way with a brilliant century. Campbell Kellaway added a promising 49 n.o. and we ended 6/240. However the Saints too enjoyed the Albert batting conditions and passed us six down with three balls remaining. Ussie Saddiq kept things alive taking 3 for 46 off his 10 overs.
The 3rds also looked well placed having put 7/216 on the board off their 45 overs, largely thanks to Chris Hasenkam (56) and Fergus O’Neill’s (49) contributions. However it proved to be well short, going down by six wickets in the 43rd.
The 4ths continued their winning form and go into the break on top of the ladder after dropping just one of their opening eight rounds. Skipper Josh Benson (76 n.o. off 79 balls, five 4s and two 6s) and Jonty Leadbeater (60 off 97 balls, three 4s and a six) put on an unbeaten 138 for the 5th wicket after coming together at a worrying 4 for 53. In defending 4/191, the 4ths made light work of it. Michael Cesarios (3 for 17) did most of the early damage and whilst four bowlers chipped in for a wicket each, Tom Cesaro (3 for 17) returned to the crease to ensure an early finish and a bonus point. Mind you, his early one handed pluck at mid-wicket didn’t hurt the cause either.
Our Club XI No.2 side played a catch up round against Old Carey, where they had another close one, with their 164 total being chased down in the last over.
The Premier 1sts now sit 10th, but only a one-day win (4 points) off sixth place. The 2nds dropped to a place out of the eight, whilst the 3rds are just inside it. Play recommences on Saturday January 12 with the one-day round against Northcote (1sts at home). The final one-day format match is the following week (v Ringwood) before four two-day rounds.
The women’s 1sts and 3rds start up again on January 13 while the 2nds wait another week.
The Club XI teams play their first ‘side by side’ double header at Beaumaris SC on Sunday the 13th.
Images courtesy of Karl Ludik
Men’s Premier v St Kilda (One-day)
Firsts – Rd 9 St Kilda 9/199 (cc) (S Sturrock 2/32 Z Mevissen 2/34) defeated by Melbourne 2/202 (W Pucovski 83* M Brown 77) at Junction Oval
Seconds – Rd 9 Melbourne 9/240 (cc) (P Petricola 103 C Kellaway 49* C Anderson 33) defeated by St Kilda 6/241 (U Saddiq 3/46) at Albert Ground
Thirds – Rd 8 Melbourne 7/216 (cc) (C Hasenkam 56 F O’Neill 49 C Holmes 26) defeated by St Kilda 4/217 (cc) at Harry Trott Oval
Fourths – Rd 8 Melbourne 4/191 (cc) (J Benson 76* J Leadbeater 60*) defeated St Kilda 96 (M Cesarios 3/17 T Cesaro 3/17) at Beaumaris SC – North Oval
VIC Super Slam - Renegades Conference
Rd 1 – Demons 6/172 (cc) (M Brown 75 M Buchanan 34 B Thomson 27) defeated Dogs 6/133 (cc) (A Boyle 3/19) at Albert Ground
Women’s Premier Cricket – no scheduled matches
MCC Club XI
MCC No.1 (Div 2) - no scheduled matches
MCC No.2 (Div 3) Rd 1 – Melbourne 164 (R Sharma 35 R Savage 31) defeated by Old Carey 4/165 (P Chin 2/17 K Iyer 2/24) at Carey Sporting Complex (Rees Oval)