It was ‘back-to-back’ ‘Demonette Days’ for our women’s teams where Parry Jenkins provided the stand out performance in the 2nds. Parry, batting at number four and coming in at 2 for 30, took control and made her first century for the Demons, eventually run out for 116 off just 114 balls (14 fours and a six).
Other highlights were Jackson Koop’s highest 1st XI score, an undefeated 61, while in the 2nds Patty Smith (51 n.o.) made his first half century since 2010, both when their team’s innings needed a lot of rebuilding. Perhaps more of a lowlight was our Club XI Division 2 side, who were making a charge toward finals, went down by one run off the last ball of the day.
In terms of how the teams went, Parry’s century went a long way to posting an impossible target for Dandenong who were bowled out for 59, securing the 2nds top place on the ladder and a home semi-final next Sunday at the Albert Ground, taking on EMP.
The 1sts kept second spot on the ladder and with one round remaining need to beat Ringwood to clinch a home semi. The bowlers did well to dismiss Dandenong for 115 with Amy Yates (3/24) heading the figures again, and Tegan Orwin and Ella Hayward amongst the wickets with two apiece. The chase was far from comfortable, getting home six down but with plenty of overs in hand; Amy (39) top scoring. Incidentally Amy is the leading wicket-taker (28) and fourth highest run scorer (460) across the whole competition in the one-day format.
Our 3rds, currently 6th, kept their final four chances alive with another win even though they face two teams above them in their two final rounds. Five bowlers each snared two wickets that was negotiated five down, Brook Pay top scoring with 24.
The men’s 1sts had a solid start when batting first against Camberwell Magpies, reaching 1 for 121 after Charles Lill (61) posted another half century and Will Pucovski’s return into Demon colours yielded 43. Several promising partnerships were broken followed by the loss of successive wickets, with the one constant being Jackson Koop who finished unbeaten when we were all out for 280. There were no successes in the six overs before stumps in this ‘must win’ match if a final eight berth is to be captured.
The 2nds started not as well, being 4 for 53 before Sean Griffin (40) steadied things a little. At 6/108, a finals exit looked likely however Kieran Elliott (52) backed up last week’s batting performance. A score of under 200 beckoned when Kieran was out at 9 for 179 however that is when Patty joined Aaron Boyle (35) for a fighting last wicket partnership of 90. The Magpies will resume at 0/24 chasing our 269.
The 3rds bowling first, were attacked early but fought back from the Magpies being 2 for 85, to bowl them out for 125, taking the last four wickets for none. Glenn Hannah and Marcus Jackman took earlier wickets and Josh Ash grabbed two in the middle, before Trent Thompson (3 for 2 off 3.1 overs) polished things off. The Demons are 2 for 52 at stumps.
The 4th’s day, also in the field first, followed a similar path to the 3rds. Although 2 for 5 early, Camberwell made a slight recovery to be 5/101 at tea but were bowled out for 130. Wickets were shared early before Tom Cesaro took his second, with Stewart McCooke (4 for 27 off 18 overs) getting just reward in his unbroken spell. Dan Hasenkam (2/10) finished the innings off however, being 4 for 51 at stumps, the game is back in the balance.
The Club XI No.1 side, having gone down to Old Scotch by the one run, face the same foes again next Sunday at Beaumaris, with a win still giving them chance of a finals spot if other results go their way. The No.2 side are out of the finals race even though the result of yesterday’s game isn’t known at the time of writing.
Men’s Premier v Camberwell Magpies – (Two-Day)
Firsts – Rd 14 Melbourne 280 (C Lill 61 J Koop 61* W Pucovski 43 M Buchanan 26) v Camberwell Magpies 0/12 at Camberwell Sports Ground
Seconds – Rd 14 Melbourne 269 (K Elliott 52 P Smith 51* S Griffin 40 A Boyle 35) v Camberwell Magpies 0/24 at Albert Ground
Thirds – Rd 13 Camberwell Magpies 125 (T Thompson 3/2 J Ash 2/11 M Jackman 2/33 G Hannah 2/39) v Melbourne 2/52 at Watson Park
Fourths – Rd 13 Camberwell Magpies 130 (S McCooke 4/27 D Hasenkam 2/10 T Cesaro 2/21) v Melbourne 4/51 at Beaumaris SC – North Oval
Women’s Premier Cricket
Firsts (Rd 12 One-Day) – Dandenong 115 (A Yates 3/24 T Orwin 2/9 E Hayward 2/11) defeated by Melbourne 6/117 (A Yates 39) at Albert Ground
Seconds (Rd 11 One-Day) – Melbourne 4/241 (cc) (P Jenkins 116 A Homberg 41*) defeated Dandenong 59 (J Watson 2/8 K Nainhabo 2/9 C Ryan-Fuller 2/10 O Downes 2/13) at Beaumaris SC – North Oval
Thirds (Shield) Rd 7 (One-Day) – Edinburgh 103 (A Cornelius 2/7 V Podesta 2/11 M Perrin 2/14 B Muscat 2/14) defeated by Melbourne 5/104 at Beaumaris SC – South Oval
MCC Club XI
MCC No.1 (Div 2) – Old Scotch 5/167 (cc) (P Chin 2/22 T Cameron 2/33) defeated MCC 166 (L McCarthy 38 P Chin 31) at Scotch College (Meares Oval)
MCC No.2 (Div 3) – Caulfield Grammarians/NCG v Melbourne at Glen Huntly Park