The 4th XI advanced to the final four after a dogged draw against Ringwood. The scorecard will bear out Ringwood’s dominant position for most of weekend. However the Demon’s always held the knowledge of having to be beaten under the rules that reward them for their excellent home and away season in finishing higher placed (second) on the ladder.
On a picture perfect day at Beaumaris, after the first hour it appeared that Ringwood would be the ones scrapping to put a competitive score together. Tom Cesaro (2/72) and Michael Cesarios (1/37) combined to have the Rams 3 for 20 after creating a number of chances. However, that third wicket was the last one to be converted for the day. Ringwood’s 4th wicket, although offering a couple of missed opportunities, put on a highly impressive unbeaten 291 to finish at 3/311. Both batsmen made centuries and took heavy toll on the Demons as they piled the runs on in the last half hour in particular. The one saving grace was that our opening bats were spared the opportunity to bat for a short period on the Saturday evening.
The overnight declaration presented us with two options; make 312 or still be standing five and a half hours later (minimum of 80 overs). An early run out wasn’t in the plans however Shane Giese and Pat Frawley held sway for the best part of two hours. In that period it became obvious that the run chase was no longer a realistic option. Both departed before the tea break when the board read 3 for 48 off 40 overs.
Jonty Leadbeater (45 n.o.) looked well settled but lost several partners and we had our backs to the wall at 6 for 63 with almost two hours left on the clock. Dan Hasenkam (31) joined Jonty and the two showed enormous restraint and resolve, taking the Demons to within a few balls of the safety of stumps when Dan departed. The composed and unbeaten Jonty, soaked up 169 balls in his 185 minute stay, with Dan determinedly absorbing 99. This was after Shane Giese (106 balls) and Pat Frawley (92) held the Rams up early, the four collectively facing 482 of the 540 balls delivered.
Next weekend the 4ths will play Essendon in the semi-final at the Albert Ground (11.30am start).
Men’s Premier Quarter-Finals (Two-Day)
Fourths – Ringwood 3/311 (dec) (T Cesaro 2/72) drew Melbourne 7/134 (J Leadbeater 45* B Hasenkam 31 S Giese 27) at Beaumaris Secondary College - North Oval