In the first (Melbourne) versus fourth (Prahran) clash at the Albert Ground, the 1st XI have romped to first innings points on the first day. In 2nds and 3rds, we didn’t have the same success and chased leather all day. The 4ths recovered from a slow start to put up a very creditable total with their make shift line up.
There was no women’s match at all on the weekend, being given the weekend ‘off’ to take in the final WBBL round that included the Melbourne derby. However, last Wednesday the women’s 1sts played their final T20 round and will go into their home semi-final this Wednesday in winning form, facing Prahran again. The 2nds, after a short break in their T20 season, play their semi away to EMP at Mervyn Hughes Oval, also on Wednesday evening.
The two MCC Club XI teams were enjoying their Sunday afternoon double header at Beaumaris before the mid-afternoon storms rudely brought an abrupt end to the day’s play.
Wilson McGillivray got the 1sts off to the perfect start when he found a fine edge to the keeper’s gloves off the first ball of the day. He followed up a couple of overs later when the no.3 decided not to offer to saw his off bail dislodged. Jackson Koop then entered the party before Marcus Jackman, a late call up to make his debut, was straight into wicket taking mode by taking two in quick succession (pictured with team wickets celebrating his first wicket).
Kieran Elliot was waiting on his call up and wasted no time putting his name in the wicket taking column, ending up with three wickets. Skipper Cam White also wasn’t to be left out and after a direct hit run out by Jackman the Prahran True Blues were back in the pavilion for 125.
Blake Thomson (59 off 75 balls) led the chase and although the middle order started to falter, Meyrick Buchanan (72 n.o. off 82 balls) saw the Demons to a comfortable 105 lea at stumps with three wickets in hand.
The 2nds gained an early wicket but were forced into the back foot for most of the day. Sean Sturrock (5/124 off 33 overs) wrested back Prahran’s ascendency for a period to have them 8 for 252 but they got away again to be 9/362 at stumps.
The 3rds also grabbed an early wicket but were under the pump from there onwards, the 2nd wicket rattling on 176 in quick time. There was a fight back of sorts with Michael Cesarios (3/60) and Josh Ash (2/83 off 24) trying hard but will be faced with chasing at least 328 next week.
The 4th XI lost a couple of wickets early but had Scott Gordon in particular show real grit, taking on the opening role and not being dismissed until well after tea for a well grafted half century. The whole middle order really dug in and showed the value of batting time, being 3/30 off 20 overs and finishing the day 6/227 off 82. Tristan Larter (51 n.o.) lifted the tempo at the right time and found willing allies in Cam Sturrock (30) and Tom Cesaro (27 n.o.).
MEN’S PREMIER v PRAHRAN (RD.8 – DAY 1)
1sts – Prahran 125 (K Elliott 3/45 M Jackman 2/18 W McGillivray 2/33) v Melbourne
7/230 (MJ Buchanan 72* B Thomson 59 K Elliott 28 J Harper 25) at Albert Ground
2nds – Prahran 9/362 (S Sturrock 5/124 W O'Brien 2/50) v Melbourne at Toorak Park
3rds – Prahran 8/328 (MA Cesarios 3/60 HB Lee 2/53 J Ash 2/83) v Melbourne at Beaumaris SC (North)
4ths – Melbourne 6/227 (SL Gordon 54 T Larter 51* C Sturrock 36 T Cesaro 27*) v Prahran at Righetti Oval
WOMEN’S PREMIER- ONE-DAY – N0 matches scheduled
WOMEN’S PREMIER - T20 – Rd.14
Prahran 7/109(cc) (A O'Donnell 2/15 J Couser 2/21 E Donald 2/25) defeated by Melbourne 3/113 (E Donald 37 T Parker 37*) at Albert Ground
MCC Club XI Cricket Competition
Division 2 - MCC drew (washed out) Melbourne High at Beaumaris SC (North)
Division 3 - MCC 2 drew (washed out) Melbourne Uni 2 3/93 at Beaumaris SC (South)