Our women’s teams recorded a ‘Demonette Day’ with wins across all three grades whilst the Premier men were unable to deliver a point in their weekend round against Carlton. The Club XI teams went ‘one and one’ with the Division 2’s win having them back in finals contention.
The Premier women’s teams both had strong wins over Carlton-Brunswick who are in their first season in the top Premier grades. The 1sts dismissed Carlton-Brunswick for just 52 where Amy Yates snared 3 for 4, and Hayleigh Brennan and Ella Hayward each took two. The chase and bonus point was gained in the 12th over and keeps us in 2nd place with two rounds remaining.
In the 2nds, Clem Ryan-Fuller (3 for 10) and Brook Pay (2 for 8) lead the way in having Carlton-Brunswick all out for 91. Jennifer Sherman (34 n.o.) ensured the chase was safely negotiated in the 24th over to retain top position with just one round to go.
The 3rds kept their finals chances alive with a win over Mt Martha. Calin Graham collected 3 for 4 in just nine balls after Jen Donnelly (2 for 14) and Alex Cornelius (2 for 10) had done the early damage. Alan D’Aquino (41) set us on track and Calin Graham (20 n.o.) completed a handy double.
The men’s standout performances occurred in the 2nd XI; not because we salvaged a draw in this particular game, but through the efforts of Sean Griffin and Kieran Elliott. Individually they had outstanding games that culminated in them combining for a face saving partnership. Sean, who crossed this season from Monash Tigers after over 100 games with them in various grades, had made several promising ‘starts’ with the Demons but went on with it this time to chalk up his first Premier century, ending with 109 off 180 balls (16 fours).
Kieran Elliott had earlier taken 5 for 49 off 25 overs in the Tigers 9/319 declared. A heavy loss looked on the cards when Will Thompson (41) was dismissed at 4 for 78 with acting captain Sam Brewin retiring hurt with what we know now is a season ending broken arm. Kieran joined Sean at the batting crease at 5/116 and together they put on a remarkable 154 runs for the sixth wicket, with Kieran making a career high 72 in the shadows of stumps.
The 1sts toiled hard against Carlton but were unable to blast their way through a dogged Carlton line-up, who eventually closed at 8/300. Wilson McGillivray (2 for 28 off 16) gave little away and Jackson Koop was rewarded with three wickets for his efforts. Charles Lill (33) and Blake Thomson (45) made a promising start but with a run rate of over four an over required from the start, we faltered and were all out for 200.
The 3rds and 4ths played one-day matches with overs reduced due to Saturday morning rain. In the 3rds Carlton got away at the end of their innings to set us 180 off 33 overs. Pat Frawley (52) batted brightly at the start but needed a partner to also go on with it and we finished 17 short.
The 4ths put 9/156 on the board off 42 overs where skipper Josh Benson top scored with 43. Although Dan Hasenkam took 3 for 17 in the middle of the innings to put Carlton under pressure, unfortunately this wasn’t enough and we were passed six down in the 39th.
Apart from the 4ths hanging onto top spot by a point, all other teams are now just outside of the final eight with two rounds to go. Next week we play Camberwell-Magpies in a two-day round, where it is possible for the 1sts and 3rds to displace them out of the eight.
Our Club XI Division 2 side are making a late charge for a final four spot, their win over Old Xavier taking them up to 5th place. The Division 3 team are out of the race after going down to Old Whitefriars.
No doubt you all followed the Cricket Australia Awards last night where we congratulate Will Pucovski on him being awarded the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year; and former Melbourne player Dean Jones on his induction into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. You can read more on these links:
Men’s Premier v Carlton – (Two-Day)
Firsts – Rd 13 Carlton 8/300 (dec) (J Koop 3/64 W McGillivray 2/28 S Sturrock 2/67) defeated Melbourne 200 at Princes Park #1
Seconds – Rd 13 Carlton 9/319 (dec) (K Elliott 5/49 A Boyle 2/75) defeated Melbourne 7/275 (S Griffin 109 K Elliott 72 W Thompson 41) at Albert Ground
Thirds – Rd 12 (One-Day) Carlton 5/179 (cc) (P Halbish 2/46) defeated Melbourne 8/162 (cc) (P Frawley 52 P Halbish 25) at Princes Park #2
Fourths – Rd 12 (One-Day) Melbourne 9/156 (cc) (J Benson 43) defeated by Carlton 6/157 (D Hasenkam 3/17 S Gordon 2/13) at Beaumaris SC – North Oval
Women’s Premier Cricket
Firsts (Rd 11 One-Day) – Carlton-Brunswick 52 (A Yates 3/4 E Hayward 2/9 H Brennan 2/10) defeated by Melbourne 3/53 at AG Gillon Oval
Seconds (Rd 10 One-Day) – Carlton-Brunswick 91 (C Ryan-Fuller 3/10 B Pay 2/8) defeated by Melbourne 2/95 (J Sherman 34*) at Beaumaris SC – North Oval
Thirds (Shield) Rd 6 (One-day) – Mt Martha 87 (C Graham 3/4 A Cornelius 2/10 J Donnelly 2/14) defeated by Melbourne 2/88 (A D’Aquino 41) at Ferrero Reserve (Oval 1)
MCC Club XI
MCC No.1 (Div 2) – MCC 5/185 (cc) (H Woodhouse 75 J Maher 25 L McCarthy 25) defeated Old Xaverians 139 (S Mellick 2/9 S Hollins 2/22 S Muniandy 2/29) at Xavier College (Plunkett Oval)
MCC No.2 (Div 3) – Old Whitefriars 5/210 (cc) (N Bilwani 2/36) defeated MCC 135 (J Ong 29 R Toperoso 27 J Jackson 25) at Beaumaris SC – South Oval