An action packed weekend saw three superb centuries, a clean sweep of wins by our Premier girls, winning doubles by the men’s 1sts, a tie, plus numerous other individual highlights that contributed to strong team performances. In all there were 12 MCC matches played across the two days that resulted in eight wins, three losses and a tie.
Matthew Brown set the tone on Saturday, where the 1sts took on Geelong. Opening up, Matthew batted beautifully, making 129 off 135 balls that included 16 fours and two 6s. Charles Lill made a well struck 44 (25 balls, two fours and three 6s), the innings closing at 6/235. Geelong was on target to chase us down at 1/134 however, after Jackson Koop (2/40) gained the break through, we were back in the fight. Fergus O’Neill (3/55) returned to get two further wickets, as did Sean Sturrock (3/39), where we held our nerve and won with six runs up our sleeve.
Blake Thomson made a ton of a different type on Sunday, his match winning knock helping chase down the Saints. Set 229 on a wearing pitch, we found ourselves 3 for 40 with St Kilda making scoring difficult. Blake then took control, got the board ticking over, showing great resolve and a lot of class, taking us to with 14 runs of eventual victory when run out for 108 off just 129 balls.
Mitchell Cheesman was the other century maker, in the 4th XI against Geelong. In just his 4th game for the Demons, Mitchell set about running down an imposing Cats 3/244. He was joined by Darcy Munro, fresh off Vic U.17 duties playing his first game of the season for us representative, together putting on 129 for the third wicket. When victory was achieved in the 44th over Mitchell remained unconquered on 123, struck off 108 balls that included 12 boundaries and five 6s.
The tie occurred in the 2nds who chased 254 after Kieran Elliott (3/24 off 10) was the stand out bowler. Will Thompson (65) opened up and scored the first of two 60s he made over the weekend. Andre de Lange (82) was the only middle order bat to fire but at 8/233 with less than three overs left, the target appeared out of reach. Adam McMaster (28 n.o.) had other ideas and when a last ball chance was spilt, a scampered two secured the tie.
Sunday started promising enough for the 2nds with Peter Petricola (44) and Will Thompson (60) putting 89 on the board. However, the rest of the day went downhill from there with only De Lange (31) being the other bat to reach double figures – all out 166 that was comfortably chased down.
The 3rds endured a weather interrupted day that resulted in revised targets come into play at various stages. The first occasion was when Geelong was well on top (1/116 after 29.1 overs). Their innings eventually closed at 3/147 after 34 overs, with the target score under Duckworth Lewis system being 186. Our innings also had a weather break, with the final target being 158 in 28 overs. Will Ryan’s 69 had us on track most of the innings but in some bizarre happenings that could be an article in itself - that does not include the sight of the two batsmen at the crease each straining hamstrings and having a runner - we found ourselves nine down, needing six off the last over. Fortunately a cool Harris Lee, facing just his second ball, calmly despatched the third ball long over deep mid-wicket for four to clinch a win that appeared to have been thrown away.
Our women’s Premier teams had far less drama in their dual T20 wins over Plenty Valley, being punctuated by a number of stand out performances nonetheless. In the 1sts the top order batting set up both games. Amy Yates (36 and later 2/12 with the ball) and Amy Vine (40) put on 60 before Renee Moffitt slammed 46 off 31 balls (four 4s and two 6s) to rack up 2/131.
Recent debutante Olivia Downes starred with the ball, taking 3 for 16 in her four overs to thwart any chance of a successful Plenty Valley chase.Amy Vine showed she well and truly had her eye in, opening up again in game two, Amy put the foot down and batted through the innings making 77 off just 62 balls. Elly Donald (39) kept the score ticking over with Renee Moffitt (35 off 19) again giving the innings a strong finish that ended at 2/157. The bowlers maintained their ascendency where Ella Hayward (3 for 16 off 4) had great success and Elly Donald (2/7) topped off a good all-round game, the result being a dominant 75-run win.
The two 2nds games each followed a similar pattern. Plenty Valley batted first both times and was held to 4/100 and 7/107. Jordan Watson (2/10 off 4 overs and 2/22 off 4) was the only dual wicket taker in both games, with a number of her teammates putting in very tidy spells.Parry Jenkins led the chase in the opening game, finishing unbeaten on 46 and winning in the 17th over. In game two, Bridie Chesterfield (41) played an important knock coming in at 2 for 5, and with handy 20s by Ella Stallwood and Charli Killeen, the Premier girls made in four from four.
Our Shield team came up against a strong Coburg unit, where Mia Perrin showed plenty of fight and skill to bat through the innings and remain unbeaten on 46 off 48 balls. Tess Keogh (27 off 23 balls) also showed promise, however our total of 99 ended up being not quite enough.
Our Club XI no.2 team played a T20 in their season opener. For a while their 7/100 where John Jackson (30) top scored looked like it might be competitive, but was chased down in the 16th over.
MEN’S PREMIER v GEELONG (One-day Rd 3)
1sts – Melbourne 6/265(cc) MJ Brown 129 CJ Lill 46* CL White 33 B Thomson 29 defeated Geelong 9/259(cc) (S Sturrock 3/39 FP O'Neill 3/55 J Koop 2/40) at Albert Ground
2nds – Geelong 254 (K Elliott 3/24) tied Melbourne 8/254(cc) (A de Lange 82 W Thompson 65 A McMaster 28*) at Geelong Cricket Ground
3rds – Geelong 3/147(cc) (WN Ryan 2/10) defeated by Melbourne 9/159 (Target score 158) (WN Ryan 69 AM Cesarios 27) at Beaumaris SC (North)
4ths – Geelong 3/244(cc) defeated by Melbourne 3/245 (M Cheesman 123* DE Munro 63 MC Tucker 27) at Kardinia Park West
MEN’S PREMIER v ST KILDA (One-day Rd 4) (1sts & 2nds only)
1sts - St Kilda 6/229(cc) (K Elliott 2/31 S Sturrock 2/43) defeated by Melbourne 7/230 (B Thomson 108 B Melville 28* J Harper 27) at Harry Trott Oval
2nds – Melbourne 166 (W Thompson 60 P Petricola 44 A de Lange 31) defeated by St Kilda 3/170 at Albert Ground
WOMEN’S PREMIER v PLENTY VALLEY (T20 Rds 5 & 6)
1sts T20 Rd 5 - Melbourne 2/131(cc) (R Moffitt 46* AJ Vine 40 A Yates 36) defeated Plenty Valley 7/83(cc) (O Downes 3/16 A Yates 2/12) at Beaumaris SC (North)
1sts T20 Rd 6 - Melbourne 2/157(cc) (AJ Vine 77* E Donald 39 R Moffitt 35*) defeated Plenty Valley 82 (E Hayward 3/16 E Donald 2/7) at Beaumaris SC (North)
2nds T20 Rd 5 - Plenty Valley 4/100(cc) (J Watson 2/10) defeated by Melbourne 3/101 (P Jenkins 46*) at AK Line Reserve
2nds T20 Rd 6 - Plenty Valley 7/107(cc) (J Watson 2/22) defeated by Melbourne 4/108 (B Chesterfield 41 E Stallwood 25) at AK Line Reserve
3rds (Shield) T20 Rd 4 – Melbourne
MCC CLUB XI
Div 3 Rd 1 (T20) - MCC (2) 7/100 (J Jackson 30) defeated by Caulfield (2) 1/104 at Beaumaris SC (South)