A sensational spell of seam and swing bowling by 18 year old, Fergus O’Neill, destroyed the Monash Tigers batting line up, helping rout them for 51. Resuming at 2/12, the Tigers were confronted by Fergus and Chris Tremain, who we welcomed back from State duties. Chris (2 for 10 off seven overs) had no trouble making additional inroads into the batting line up with two quick wickets.
It was then Fergus’ time to make an impact, and what an impact it was taking wickets off his first, second and third delivery of his sixth over for an amazing hat-trick. If that wasn’t enough, he added two more scalps to the one he had already taking last week to finish with a highly impressive f or 25 off 12 overs.
Monash were sent back in, in the quest for outright points. The Tigers got off to 26 without loss before Fergus struck again. At 5/85 an outright looked probable however a sixth wicket partnership halted the charge. Although the breakthrough came, the ninth wicket put up stubborn resistance we fell short of full points by two wickets.
The win takes the 1st XI to top spot on the ladder on percentage, and look forward to taking on fourth placed Prahran at the Albert next week
The 4th XI had a thrilling victory, where Hugh Hyslop took two LBWs off the last two balls of scheduled play to secure the win. Having declared at 6/269, time became the issue rather than runs. After Hugh made the initial breakthrough early, finishing the day with 3/32, Tom Cesaro (3 for 17 off 16 overs) also took vital wickets when the cause appeared lost.
The 3rds finished their day frustrated by a drawn result. With 8/314 on the board, the Tigers ended up in survival mode when they slumped to 7 for 88. Ussie Saddiq (3/54) and ill O’Brien both had three wickets at that stage when the eighth wicket put on 78 then the nine wicket 48, chewing up long periods on the clock. Although Will’s final wicket gave him the fine figures of 5/28 off 16 overs), the no.11 held out for the last five balls of the day.
The 2nds, defending 179 with the Tigers 4/89 for at the start of play, had Wilson McGillivray (4/56) keep our chances alive before the game was swept away from us. Jonty Leadbeater (3/7) took three late wickets.
The women’s 1sts and 2nds both had wins and the ‘Shield’ team had a week off. Playing Ringwood, Olivia Downes (3/21) did best with the ball and second gamer Jess Cousser (2/18) helped dismiss the Rams for 156. Amy Vine (55) scored her third half century on the trot, her seventh this season and with Teagan Parker (30) set up the team’s chase.
The 2nds put 4/207 on the board, led by Charli Killeen’s 74 and Hasrat Gill’s 41, which proved too much for Ringwood. Hasrat (4/12) made her day an all-round double and Madalyn Smith (3/28) did well with the ball.
MEN’S PREMIER v MONASH TIGERS (RD.7 – DAY 2)
1sts – Melbourne 8/279(dec) (A de Lange 79* B Melville 42 B Thomson 38 S Sturrock 31*) defeated Monash Tigers 51 (FP O'Neill 6/25 CP Tremain 2/10 J Koop 2/14) and 8/159 (CP Tremain 2/24 FP O'Neill 2/24) at Central Reserve North
2nds – Melbourne 175 (P Petricola 99) and 1/103 (A de Lange 59* SE Griffin 34*) defeated by Monash Tigers 305 (W McGillivray 4/56 J Leadbeater 3/7 M Jackman 2/40) at Albert Ground
3rds - Melbourne 8/314(dec) (WN Ryan 151 M Cheesman 38 DS Bandara 27 M Welsh 25) drew with Monash Tigers 9/194 (W O'Brien 5/28 U Saddiq 3/54) at Central Reserve South
4ths - Melbourne 6/269(dec) (T Thompson 74 MC Tucker 55 J Meehan 43 S McCooke 25) defeated Monash Tigers 193 (T Cesaro 3/17 HC Hyslop 3/32) at Beaumaris SC (North)
WOMEN’S PREMIER v RINGWOOD (RD.3 One-day)
1sts – Ringwood 156 (O Downes 3/21 J Couser 2/18 E Donald 2/33) defeated by Melbourne 6/157 (AJ Vine 55 T Parker 30) at Russell Lucas Oval
2nds – Melbourne 4/207(cc) (C Killeen 74 H Gill 41) defeated Ringwood 8/115 (H Gill 4/12 MJ Smith 3/28) at Albert Ground
Shield – no match scheduled