Our women’s 2nds won their semi-final against Plenty Valley and are now into the grand final, facing their T20 conquerors Box Hill at Beaumaris Secondary College next Sunday. The women’s 1sts will start their finals campaign, having wrapped up 2nd spot with a win over Ringwood, with a home semi-final at the Albert Ground also against Box Hill. Our Shield team were unable to overcome top side Frankston so will complete their season with their final home and away round next Saturday.
On the men’s side, both the 1st and 2nd XIs were unable to knock over Camberwell-Magpies so have virtually exited the finals race. The 1sts are nine points behind eighth place and, with four other sides sitting in between, even a rare 10-point outright win would highly likely be in vain. The 2nds are in a similar position, sitting 13th and six points behind eighth.
Better news is the 3rds win that displaced the Magpies and saw us move into seventh, but still needing to overcome Prahran next week to ensure a finals berth. The 4ths dropped their game on Saturday, but stay in second spot, needing a win to ensure they retain it.
The Club XI bowed out, going down to Old Scotch by six wickets.
In terms of individual highlights, there weren’t a lot to report on the men’s front. The 1sts were passed just two down and the 2nds six. Kieran Elliott (3/66) and Pat Smith (2/53) both toiled hard in the 2nds to complete decent individual doubles with bat and ball.
The 3rds were locked in a tight battle, going from their overnight 2/52 to 7/84 chasing 125. Chris Hasenkam (33) steadied the ship with Marcus Jackman (67 n.o.) to pass the Magpies without further loss. Trent Thompson (60 n.o.) enjoyed his time at the crease and, with Marcus, put on an unbeaten 118 to close out the day.
The 4ths, resuming at 4/51 chasing 130, started poorly losing wickets shortly after play resumed and never really recovered, with Dan Hasenkam managing 28, before we were bowled out for 111.
The women’s 2nds semi-final win at the Albert was set up by an excellent batting display. Charli Killeen (39), Bridie Chesterfield (38) and Parry Jenkins (38) laid the ground work that was beautifully capped off by Jordan Watson’s unbeaten 64. A solid performance in the field and with ball in hand kept the chase in check, led by Kampi Nainhabo’s 3 for 32.
The 1sts had no trouble accounting for Ringwood, bowling them out for 75 and chasing them three down where Amy Vine (24) top scored. Amy Yates (4/20) was in the wickets again and Tegan Orwin (3 for 2 off 6.5 overs) polished things off nicely.
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) defeated by Camberwell Magpies 2/284 at Camberwell Sports Ground
Seconds – Rd 14 Melbourne 269 (K Elliott 52 P Smith 51* S Griffin 40 A Boyle 35) defeated by Camberwell Magpies 6/271 (K Elliott 3/66 P Smith 2/53) 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 8/250 (M Jackman 67* T Thompson 60* C Hasenkam 33 P Frawley 29 A McCooke 28) at Watson Park
Fourths – Rd 13 Camberwell Magpies 130 (S McCooke 4/27 D Hasenkam 2/10 T Cesaro 2/21) & 2/77 defeated Melbourne 111 (D Hasenkam 28) at Beaumaris SC – North Oval
Women’s Premier Cricket
Firsts (Rd 13 One-Day) – Ringwood 75 (A Yates 4/20 T Orwin 3/2) defeated by Melbourne 3/77 (A Vine 24) at Russell Lucas Oval
Seconds (Semi Final One-Day) – Melbourne 5/231 (cc) (J Watson 64*) defeated EMP 8/169 (cc) (K Nainhabo 3/32 E Quinn 2/34) at Albert Ground
Thirds (Shield) Rd 8 (One-Day) – Melbourne 107 (J Donnelly 25) defeated by Frankston 3/108 at Beaumaris SC – South Oval
MCC Club XI
MCC No.1 (Div 2) – MCC 8/147 (S Mellick 40 S Muniandy 33) defeated by Old Scotch 4/149 (T Cameron 2/21) at Beaumaris SC – North Oval
MCC No.2 (Div 3) – Sandringham 218 (F Hughes 4/23 N Bilwani 2/23 A Kopievsky 2/38) defeated MCC 117 (J Jackson 32 A Williams 27) at Donald MacDonald Reserve