After the final home and away round day’s play, only our 4th XI will advance to the finals stage, their win over Prahran consolidating their second placing on the ladder. The 1st XI kept their hopes alive for much of the match, having secured first innings points on day one and other results’ going their way’. However the much needed outright points eluded them. The 2nds finished the season starving off an outright defeat whilst the 3rds disappointingly exited the finals race having been completely outplayed by the True Blues.
There was plenty of interest in the 1st XI match, where Prahran started the day at 1 for 68 in their 2nd innings. The immediate challenge was for us to bowl Prahran out for a ‘chaseable’ score – in the 200-240 region - or rely on their competitive spirit to set us a target to give themselves of salvaging match points after being rolled by us last week.
Prahran reached 2 for 146 before we started to make a serious dent in their line-up. Kieran Elliott (4 for 71) got on a roll and even effected a run out. All of a sudden Prahran were 8 for 193. The 9th fell at 211 and a quick wrap up would set up an interesting chase. Unfortunately we were unable to remove the last pair and a token declaration at 9/293 gave us a near impossible 28 over chase under ‘normal’ two-day conditions. Yes, a frustrating day where 10 points would have landed us in eighth spot.
The 2nds, chasing 260, were bowled out for 108 with only Brad Melville (33) and Pat Smith (26) putting up any meaningful resistance. The 2nd innings wasn’t panning out much better until Peter Petricola (44) and Patty (38 n.o.) once again, dug out to avoid the outright threat.
The 3rds, defending just 148, had the game taken away from them rather quickly and were passed none down. One of their openers swash buckled his way to a ton, offering us plenty of opportunities along the way that we failed to convert. In a tight grade of competition, the loss saw us drop from 7th to 10th, where a win would have landed us into 4th.
The 4th XI controlled their fate by bowling Prahran out for 112, having declared on their overnight tally of 9/279. It did take 64 overs to do so where the leg-spinners end up doing the trick. Nathan Munasinghe (4/24 off 19 overs) was rewarded for his hard yards during the middle of the day whilst Jonty Leadbeater grabbed 3 for 5 off his 4.3 overs to wrap up the innings.
The 4ths, led by Josh Benson, finished in 2nd place and play Ringwood in their quarter final on Saturday and Sunday at Beaumaris Secondary College (the Albert being unavailable due to the Australian Grand Prix) commencing at 11.30am.
Men’s Premier v Prahran – (Two-Day)
Firsts – Prahran 144 (J Koop 4/41 K Elliott 3/31 J Coleman 2/28) and 9/293 (dec) (K Elliott 4/71) defeated by Melbourne 3/145 (dec) (SE Gotch 59* CJ Lill 27) & 5/145 (J Harper 39 C Lill 38*) at Albert Ground
Seconds – Prahran 260 (PJ Smith 4/29 A de Lange 2/24 B Melville 2/60) defeated Melbourne 108 (B Melville 33 P Smith 26) & 7/166 (P Petricola 44 P Smith 38*) at Toorak Park
Thirds - Melbourne 148 (A Cesarios 61 J Ludik 30 P Frawley 25) defeated by Prahran 4/306 (M Jackman 2/27) at Beaumaris SC (North Oval)
Fourths – Melbourne 9/271(cc) (dec) (S Giese 46 J Leadbeater 45 MC Tucker 37) defeated Prahran 112 (N Munasinghe 4/24 J Leadbeater 3/5) at Righetti Oval