Date of Event Melbourne Cricket Club : Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:55AM
Fergus O'Neill receives 1st XI debut cap from Chris Tremain

The Premier Cricket season openers were played over the weekend that brought mixed results. The men’s 1sts and 2nds both went down to Ringwood while the 3rds and 4ths each took the points. The women’s 1sts and 2nds both played T20 double headers against EMP, each winning the early encounter but ceding their afternoon match. Our women’s Shield (3rds) team ran into a much stronger Frankston unit in their T20.


In looking at the weekend’s highlights, it would be hard to go past the women’s 2nds opening match where the club’s highest ever women’s T20 opening partnership, an unbroken 130 between acting captain Parry Jenkins (72 n.o. off 58 balls) and Annecy Homberg (49 n.o. off 41), comfortably chased down EMP’s 5/129 in just 17.1 overs. Congratulations Parry and Annecy.


The men’s 1sts were playing for the Fairbairn Lloyd Cup and did reasonably well holding the visiting Rams to 5/208 off their 50 overs.1st XI debutant Fergus O’Neill (10 overs, 0/36, pictured receiving his cap from Chris Tremain) bowled a tidy opening spell and was unlucky not to claim his first scalp, with Jackson Koop (2/41) the only multiple wicket taker. The chase started poorly being 2 for 9 then 4 for 46. Brad Melville (41) led a brief recovery however too many promising starts faltered; bowled out for 158. 

In the 2nds, recruit Adam McMaster (3/37) made inroads into the Rams top order with two early wickets to have Ringwood 3 for 10 before the home side steadied, posting 9/215 at the close.  Charles Lill (47) and Jack Harper (70) put the chase well on track with a second wicket partnership of 82, and when Andre De Lange (55) put on another 72 with Jack, we looked well placed at 2/155. At one stage we reached 3/189 but the loss of wickets started to eke out the run rate and we found ourselves six short at the close.


New 3rd XI captain Will Ryan started his season off in the winners stall, contributing a handy double (38 and 3/30) himself. Charlie Holmes top scored with his 49 off 39 balls bringing impetus to the innings that concluded at 6/219. Apart from Will’s contribution, Harris Lee (2/11) debuted with two wickets with Pat Smith was the other multiple wicket taker. In all, six different bowlers chimed in with timely wickets, securing a 34-run win.

The 4ths played Sunday at Croydon’s 3rd/4th XI oval.  A Ringwood 102-run 2nd wicket partnership didn’t dampen the young Demon’s enthusiasm, and with Tom Cesaro taking four wickets in quick succession in his second spell, held the Rams to 8/157 off their 45 overs. Rory Freeman (36) led our early scorers but at 9/126, the game appeared to be an opportunity lost. However, that didn’t account for a stunning 10th wicket partnership of 34 between Michael Cesarios (37 n.o.) and Tom Cesaro (12 n.o.) to bring home a thrilling victory in the 44th over.

Our women’s 1sts started their T20 season in style, winning the opening match by 21 runs. Amy Yates, the reigning Una Paisley medallist now contracted to ACT Meteors but able to play some games for Melbourne, opened up with 47, well supported by Courtney Webb’s unbeaten 39.


We also welcomed 1st XI debutant, Renee Moffitt from Ballarat (pictured, receiving her cap from Karen Rolton), who contributed a handy 19. Courtney (3/11) backed it up with the ball, with Erika Quinn also taking two wickets.


EMP batted first in the second game, being held to 8/109, with Hayleigh Brennan (2/12 off 4 overs) putting in a strong performance. EMP’s spinners put the clamps on early and we were unable to pick up the pace later, falling 25 short.


The 2nds, with a win under their belt in the opening game, continued on their batting form with Bridie Chesterfield (31) and newcomer Hasrat Gill (45 n.o.) taking us to 2/116. However it was EMP’s bats turn to takeover, passing us two down in the 17th after Olivia Downes took the only two wickets to fall early.


 The women’s ‘Shield’ team, fielding several new young players, tried hard in the field and batted out their overs but were no match for Frankston.





1sts – Ringwood 5/208 (cc) (J Koop 2/41) defeated Melbourne 158 (B Melville 41) at Albert Ground

2nds – Ringwood 9/215 (cc) (A McMaster 3/37 CJ Lill 2/16 K Elliott 2/35) defeated Melbourne 7/209(cc) (J Harper 70 A de Lange 55 CJ Lill 47) at Russell Lucas Oval

3rds – Melbourne 6/219 (cc) (CG Holmes 49 WN Ryan 38 J Leadbeater 32 J Ludik 28 W Thompson 25) defeated Ringwood 185 (WN Ryan 3/30 HB Lee 2/11 PJ Smith 2/42) at Beaumaris SC - North Oval 

4ths - Ringwood 8/157 (cc) (T Cesaro 4/29 HC Hyslop 2/37) defeated by Melbourne 9/160 MA Cesarios 37* RR Freeman 36) at Fred Geale Oval


WOMEN’S PREMIER v EMP (T20 Rds 1 & 2)

 1sts – T20 Rd1 – Melbourne 5/125(cc) (A Yates 47 CA Webb 39*) defeated Essendon Maribyrnong Park 7/104 (cc) (CA Webb 3/11 E Quinn 2/19) at Albert Ground 

 1sts T20 Rd2 - Essendon Maribyrnong Park 8/109(cc) (HM Brennan 2/12 E Donald 2/16) defeated Melbourne 9/84(cc) (CA Webb 28) at Albert Ground

 2nds T20 Rd1 - Essendon Maribyrnong Park 5/129(cc) defeated by Melbourne 0/130 (P Jenkins 72* A Homberg 49*) at Beaumaris SC - North Oval 

 2nds T20 Rd2 - Melbourne 2/116(cc) (H Gill 45* B Chesterfield 31) defeated by Essendon Maribyrnong Park (O Downes 2/5) at Beaumaris SC - North Oval 

 3rds (WCCC Shield) T20 (Rd1) Frankston 1/157(cc) defeated Melbourne 6/44(cc) at Seaford East Reserve

Last updated: Tuesday October 22, 2019 12:32PM
Author: Steven McCooke