The men’s 1st XI pressed for outright points and, through a sweetly struck unbeaten 125 by Meyrick Buchanan, made off just 126 balls (15 fours and two 6s), declared with a first innings lead of 199. Unfortunately there was no repeat of day one where we ran through the True Blues batting, the game being called off with Prahran 2 for 148 in their second dig.
The 2nds faced the daunting task of chasing 362, not helped by the loss of two early wickets. Still requiring over 220 at 4/145 when Sean Griffin (57) came to the crease, Andre De Lange continued to dominate the scoring before falling for a classy 137 (200 balls, 19 fours and a six) at 5/241. A couple of handy lower order partnerships developed but in the face of a growing required run rate, we were dismissed just 41 short with under five overs of play remaining.
The 3rd XI was also up against it in their chase of 328. Mitchell Cheesman (69) was the only top order bat to fire. Phil Halbish (48) joined Mitchell at 5 for 52 to add respectability back to the scorecard. A loss seemed probable however Harris Lee dug in for a well made 71 n.o. and together with Ussie Saddiq (28 n.o.) held on for a draw (two points).
The 4ths moved their overnight score to 8/257 before declaring but were immediately under fire from the Prahran opening pair (0/130). There were clumps of wickets at various stages with newcomer Blake Stove taking three in quick succession to put us back in the game. However we left our run a little too late and were passed eight down.
Our women continued their one-day season with a winning double over Carlton Brunswick. The 1sts recovered to make 7/208 before skittling the opposition for 43. Elly Donald (49 and 4/17) starred with an all-round double. Ella Hayward (48) and Jess Couser (38 n.o.) were handy contributors with the bat and Anna O’Donnell and Amy Yates were the other multiple wicket takers.
The 2nds were set 216 and were led by 13 y.o. Hasrat Gill who made a superb 82 (105 balls, nine 4s), and well supported by Annecy Homberg (36) in their successful chase.
The women’s Shield team found Kingston Heath a little too strong.
In men’s Club XI, our no.1 Division 2 team went down to Old Haileybury despite a half century from Hugh Hyslop. Our no.2 team, however, had success with a win over the same club, well served by the Prime Minister of Belgian’s brother-in-law, Jeremy Stone (55).
In a quick recap of last week’s mid-week T20 matches (scores below), unfortunately both women’s teams lost their semi-finals and can now focus on retaining their one-day titles. The men lost their Vic Super Slam match against Northcote. They have another match this Wednesday against Melbourne Uni (at the Albert) and if they win, will play Geelong in the final round in early January, the winner earning a group quarter-final spot.
MEN’S PREMIER v PRAHRAN (Rd.8 – Day 1)
1sts – Prahran 125 (K Elliott 3/45 M Jackman 2/18 W McGillivray 2/33) and 2/148 defeated by Melbourne 7/324(dec) (MJ Buchanan 125* B Thomson 59 M Jackman 44* K Elliott 28 J Harper 25) at Albert Ground
Seconds – Prahran 9/362(dec) (S Sturrock 5/124 W O'Brien 2/50) defeated Melbourne 321 (A de Lange 137 SE Griffin 57 CG Holmes 32 S Brewin 29 WN Ryan 28) at Toorak Park
Thirds - Prahran 8/328(dec) (MA Cesarios 3/60 HB Lee 2/53 J Ash 2/83) drew with Melbourne 7/255 (HB Lee 71* M Cheesman 69 PJ Halbish 48 U Saddiq 28*) at Beaumaris SC (North)
Fourths - Melbourne 8/257(dec) (T Larter 77* SL Gordon 48 C Sturrock 36 S McCooke 30 T Cesaro 29) defeated by Prahran 8/258(cc) (BP Stove 3/24 T Thompson 2/27 HC Hyslop 2/54) at Righetti Oval
WOMEN’S PREMIER (Rd.4 – One-day)
Firsts - Melbourne 7/208(cc) (E Donald 49 E Hayward 42 J Couser 38*) defeated Carlton-Brunswick 43 (E Donald 4/17 A Yates 2/3 A O'Donnell 2/8) at Princes Park
Seconds – Melbourne 6/217 (H Gill 82 A Homberg 36) defeated Carlton-Brunswick 6/216(cc) at Beaumaris Secondary College - North Oval
Shield (3rds) Kingston Heath 6/209(cc) defeated Melbourne 93 at Southern Road Reserve
MCC Club XI Cricket Competition
Division 2 - MCC 131 (HC Hyslop 56 R Aiyappan 29) defeated by Old Haileyburians 4/134 (T Cameron 2/35) at Beaumaris SC (South Oval)
Division 3 - MCC 4/133 (J Stone 55 L Talalla 26*) defeated Old Haileyburians 9/130(cc) (A Leonardo) at Beaumaris SC (South Oval)
Firsts - Semi-final - Melbourne 7/98(cc) defeated by Prahran 5/157(cc) (CA Webb 2/27) at Albert Ground
Seconds – Semi-final- EMP 5/136(cc) (H Gill 2/19) defeated Melbourne 7/108(cc) (C Killeen 54) at Mervyn G Hughes Oval
VIC Super Slam (Men’s) – Rd 5 Northcote Dragons 4/176(cc) (S Sturrock 2/34) defeated Melbourne Demons 9/150(cc) (MJ Brown 37) at Beaumaris SC (North Oval)