Our women’s 1sts unfurled their 2018/19 one-day premiership flag at their first one-day round played at the Albert Ground this season, and put in a polished on-field performance in doing so. Chasing a challenging enough 6/212, out batters ran down the target in style with opening pair Amy Vine (50 off 54 balls) and Amy Yates (33) laying an excellent platform. It was then left to proud skipper Teagan Parker (50 n.o.) and Elly Donald 57 (n.o.) to set the Demons up for a bonus point victory, charging past Dandenong in the 40th over.
At the innings break, chairman of cricket Peter King welcomed a number of Cricket Victoria and MCC dignitaries, in addition to the players and club officials, before former chairman of cricket, David Crow who had overseen the introduction of our women’s program, unfurled the flag.
Unfortunately the 2nds could not make it a winning double, going down to Dandenong by four wickets. Hasrat Gill (31 and 3/31) was our star performer.
Our Shield team finished off their n.20 season in style and although they won’t make finals, they won both of their double header matches played in Geelong (details not to hand).
On men’s Premier, the Demons are fairly well placed around the grades after day one of their two-day game against Monash Tigers. Our 3rd XI captain, Will Ryan, starred by making 151 (207 balls, nine 4s and four 6s) at the top of the order, leading his team to 8/314 at the close of play.
The 2nds almost produced another century maker, however Peter Petricola was cruelly given out LBW for 99 (I’m not saying it was wrong, just cruel!). At least he can draw on the experience of being out for 99 (and not out) before! Peter played a lone hand in his team’s 175 and although the bowlers made that target look big early on when the Tigers were 4 for 13, the game is more in the balance at 4/89 at stumps.
The 1sts enjoyed a batting recovery through Andre De Lange (79 n.o.) who came in at 5 for 99, partnering first with Brad Melville (42), then Fergus O’Neill (20) and Sean Sturrock (31 n.o.). This afforded us a late afternoon declaration that nabbed two Tiger wickets in response to our 8/279.
The 4th XI also enjoyed a good day with the bat, Max Tucker (55) leading things off before Trent Thomson (74) provided the backbone to the innings. James Meehan (43) played nicely where we ended the day 6/281.
Both MCC Club XI teams played however we were unable to sneak a win in either game.
MEN’S PREMIER v MONASH TIGERS (RD.7 – DAY 1)
1sts – Melbourne 8/279(dec) (A de Lange 79* B Melville 42 B Thomson 38 S Sturrock 31*) v Monash Tigers 2/16 at Central Reserve North
2nds – Melbourne 175 (P Petricola 99) v Monash Tigers 4/89 (M Jackman 2/15) at Albert Ground
3rds - Melbourne 8/314 (WN Ryan 151 M Cheesman 38 DS Bandara 27 M Welsh 25) v Monash Tigers at Central Reserve South
4ths – Melbourne 6/261 (T Thompson 74 MC Tucker 55 J Meehan 43 S McCooke 25) v Monash Tigers at Beaumaris SC (North)
WOMEN’S PREMIER v DANDENONG (ONE-DAY RD.2)
1sts – Dandenong 6/212(cc) (E Hayward 2/40) defeated by Melbourne 2/213 (E Donald 57* AJ Vine 50 T Parker 50* A Yates 33) at Albert Ground
2nds – Melbourne 124 (H Gill 31 J Couser 25) defeated by Dandenong 6/125 (H Gill 3/31) at Greaves Reserve #4
3rds (Shield) T20 Rd.9 - Box Hill 5/102(cc) defeated by Melbourne 2/104 at Belmont Common North
3rds (Shield) T20 Rd.9 – Geelong 55 defeated by Melbourne 75 at Belmont Common North
MCC Club XI Cricket Competition
Division 2 - MCC 3/151(cc) defeated by Melbourne Uni 3/155 at Beaumaris SC (North)
Division 3 - Old Camberwell 5/118 (C Joplin 2/30) defeated MCC 113 (A Sehgal 31) at Trinity Grammar Playing Fields