Our women’s 2nds, the best one-day side all year after finishing on top of the ladder, crowned their season with the premiership flag with a five wicket win over Box Hill. The 1sts hope to join the party, advancing to their grand final after a nail biting semi-final win, also over Box Hill.
The 2nds, playing at our new Beaumaris Secondary School grounds, put in a disciplined effort in the field in the hot conditions, holding Box Hill to 9/145 off their 45 overs. The stand out bowlers were Kampi Nainhabo (pictured), who made the initial breakthrough then took three in her second spell to end up with 4 for 35 off her nine overs, and Erika Quinn who took two wickets in her first spell and gave little away in grabbing 3 for 17 off her nine.
Our chase was steady with an opening stand of 43 before successive wickets fell. The game was in the balance at 5/88 when Jordan Watson (39) steadied with a fine innings, departing with just four required and left it to her all too willing partner, Annecy Homberg (25 n.o.), to see the Demons home.
Congratulations to captain Clem Ryan-Fuller, coach Graeme Lay, and the entire team for a terrific season and overcoming the disappointment of a narrow T20 final loss earlier in the year.
The 1sts found themselves in a bowler dominated match, with both sides finding it difficult to score at any great rate. Bowling first, Hayleigh Brennan (3 for 27) and Teagan Orwin (1/16 off 10 overs) had Box Hill immediately on the defensive after removing the openers. The Mustangs steadied but took 20 overs to get to 30 when Anna O’Donnell (2/24) and Ella Hayward (1/19) joined the wicket-takers. A sixth wicket partnership took the score from 49 to 101 however Anna added a second wicket, skipper Teagan Parker effected a run out and two more wickets to Hayleigh kept Box Hill to 9/125 from 50 overs.
With a grand final spot on the line, you’d expect Box Hill to make it difficult for us and that they did. A promising start (0/28) turned to 4 for 49. Tension was mounting at 8 for 87 when Issy Cloke, who had endured after batting at number 5, was joined by Hayleigh Brennan. Hayleigh hit a couple of invaluable fours before departing with 24 still required. Teagan Orwin then provided the support to Issy (34 n.o.) and a steadying unfinished 9th wicket took the Demons to a grand final berth.
The quest for our first women’s 1st XI one-day title will be played next Sunday at the Junction Oval against Prahran.
On the men’s front, our 1sts have gained first innings points on the first day. Jackson Coleman (2/28) and Kieran Elliott (3/31) started the rot before Jackson Koop (4/41) got on a roll. At one stage Prahran were 8/99 before a minor recovery saw them all out for 144. Our bats made light work of the chase with Seb Gotch dominating the attack, cracking 59 off 36 balls (six 4s and three 6s) before a declaration. Prahran are 1/68 in the 2nd innings.
I’m sure people are asking about ‘if we win outright, can we make the final eight?’ It was a mathematical possibility but at ‘write your own ticket’ odds before the round started. Well the facts are, 10 points would put us only within reach of 7th placed St Kilda (who have a better percentage, and are 0/25 chasing 180) and 8th placed Camberwell (0/15 chasing 260). At least one would have to get no points (a draw or loss); Ringwood (facing a chase of at least 9/287 against Casey-SM) and Melbourne Uni (all out 179 with Northcote 1/148) both have to get no points if one of the above teams do win, or one if both the above get none if you know what I mean), and Casey-SM don’t win outright. Perhaps not ‘write your own ticket’, but still not far from it.
The 2nds look headed for a huge chase but did well to bowl Prahran out for 260 after being 4/234. Pat Smith (4/29) ran through the tail after getting one early, whilst Brad Melville and Andre De Lange chipped in for two apiece.
The 3rds looked to have set the foundation for a decent score. Even though slow early, we reached 1/102 before inexplicably being bowled out 148, after Alex Cesarios top scored with 61.With Prahran being 0/23 at stumps, the boys will need to rally if they are to control their finals fate and not rely on other teams losing.
The 4ths accumulated what they’ll hope is a competitive 9/271 at stumps, where six points will keep their second spot. Top scorers were Shane Giese (46) and Jonty Leadbeater (45) with seven others reaching double figures, headed by Max Tucker (37).
Our women’s Shield side played their final home and away round and did well to hold finals bound Brighton to 4/178. Unfortunately the chase was beyond us. One of our UK visitors, Eloise Maxa, finished her season on a high note taking three of the four wickets and top scoring with 22. The team finished a creditable sixth, pitting themselves against club’s 1sts team in all but one round, in the top grade of the Women’s Community Cricket Competition.
Men’s Premier v Prahran – (Two-Day)
Firsts – Prahran 144 (J Koop 4/41 K Elliott 3/31 J Coleman 2/28) and 1/68 v Melbourne 3/145 (dec) (SE Gotch 59* CJ Lill 27) at Albert Ground
Seconds – Prahran 260 (PJ Smith 4/29 A de Lange 2/24 B Melville 2/60) v Melbourne at Toorak Park
Thirds - Melbourne 148 (AM Cesarios 61 J Ludik 30 P Frawley 25) v Prahran 0/23 at Beaumaris SC (North Oval)
Fourths – Melbourne 9/271(cc) (S Giese 46 J Leadbeater 45 MC Tucker 37) v Prahran at Righetti Oval
Women’s Premier Cricket
Firsts (Semi-final) – Box Hill 9/125(cc) (A O'Donnell 2/24) defeated by Melbourne 8/126 (I Cloke 34*) at Albert Ground
Seconds (Grand Final) – Box Hill 9/154(cc) (K Nainhabo 4/35 E Quinn 3/17) defeated by Melbourne 5/155 (J Watson 39 JL Sherman 25*) at Beaumaris SC (North Oval)
Thirds (Shield) - Brighton District 4/178(cc) (E Maxa 3/45) defeated Melbourne 56 (E Maxa 22) at Dendy Park