What better way to go into the Christmas break than with a century against your name and that is exactly what Pat Frawley will be able to do after knocking up 104 in the 4th XI on Saturday. Our women’s Shield team provided another weekend highlight; an exciting win that featured a star performance by 13 y.o. Amelia O’Meara who took 5 for 23 including clutch wickets to grab a victory that appeared to have slipped through their fingers.
Our number one men’s Club XI team had a win in their last round before a break that has put them into third place while the number two side slipped out of the four.
In men’s Premier, after day one where the 1st XI play Melbourne University for the Michael Sholly Cup, all matches are up in the air after a day of fluctuating fortunes. Unfortunately both of our women’s Premier teams, a little weakened by player unavailability for a variety of reasons, suffered at the hands of Box Hill.
Back to Saturday, Pat Frawley opened for the 4ths but lost three partners relatively cheaply. He was then joined by James Meehan who himself batted through the rest of the day for a polished unbeaten 61. Paddy steadied things early before blossoming, eventually out for 104 after three and a half hours at the crease. The 4ths finished a respectable 7/236 at stumps.
The 3rd XI is involved in a rather extraordinary match. Batting first, it appeared ‘game over’ at 8 for 60 however Max Welsh (42) showed great resistance and with partner Michael Cesarios (23) got the score past the 100 mark. Our bowlers then turned the tables on Uni, having them 6 for 53 at stumps where Will Ryan (2 for 7 off 12 overs) and Nick Pastras (2 for 16) have done most of the damage – game on!
The 1st and 2nd XI matches followed a remarkably similar pattern in the second half of the day. With Uni batting first in both games, the 1st XI made early inroads but midway through the day, Uni recovered to be 5/153. At 8/175, we appeared to have broken the back of the batting. The 2nds had to work harder for early wickets but fought back to have Uni 5/127, then 7/186 to have seemingly gained control. However frustrating lower order partnerships saw their 1sts and 2nds reach 285 and 265 respectively. Kieran Elliott (4/72) and Sean Sturrock (4/63) led the wicket-takers.
A strong finish with the bat might have left the day on satisfactory terms however, being 2/24 and 3/30, that query can only be answered next week.
The women’s Shield team was playing just their second one-day round of the season with a side largely comprising inexperienced youngsters. Academy graduate and debutante Vanchica Pathania top scored with 41 and, with a few handy contributions including 23 from Olivia Earney, we mustered 7/148. Amelia O’Meara and Chelsea Wemyss quickly had Carlton-Brunswick 4 for 22. Breese Jenkins gained a valuable breakthrough at 5/64 when Brooke Muscat chimed in for her two wickets, the game was seemingly ours at 7/93.
However with two wickets still in hand, the margin was down to just four runs. This is where Amelia re-entered the fray, to take the last two wickets in the space of two runs and clinch a two run victory.
The women’s 1sts held Box Hill to 6/190 with Brea Sutton (3 for 26 off 10 overs) reining in the back end of the innings. Unfortunately the batting never got on top, with Steph Townsend (32) doing best but her team falling well sort.
The 2nds, batting first, were well served by Hasrat Gill (54) and Lucy Page (44), putting together what they hoped would be competitive 9/192 off their 45 overs. However they ran into a whirlwind century by the opposing opener and were passed three down.
Last Wednesday in the Vic Super Slam, we faced Melbourne Uni in a must win game of this T20 competition. A youthful Uni team took it up to us and set us 159, a challenge that Sam Harper (83 n.o.) and Cameron White (67) were well and truly up for, piloting us to a nine-wicket win. The final round match against Geelong Cats in early January now becomes a virtual qualifying final, the winner assured of a group semi-final place.
Apart from the men completing their two-day round next Saturday, our women’s 1sts will play a rescheduled Rd.14 match, which was at first cancelled because it fell on the women’s T20 World Cup final weekend, but now being played next Sunday.
MEN’S PREMIER v MELBOURNE-UNI (Rd.9 – Day 1)
1sts - Melbourne University 285 (K Elliott 4/72 W McGillivray 2/54) v Melbourne at 2/24 at University Main Oval
2nds - Melbourne University 269 (S Sturrock 4/63 SE Griffin 2/42) v Melbourne 3/40 at Albert Ground
3rds – Melbourne 107 (M Welsh 42) v Melbourne University 6/53 (WN Ryan 2/7 N Pastras - Jnr 2/16) at Princes Park #3
4ths – Melbourne 7/236 (P Frawley 104 J Meehan 61*) v Melbourne University at Beaumaris SC (North Oval)
WOMEN’S PREMIER (Rd.5 – One-day)
Firsts - Box Hill 6/190(cc) (B Sutton 3/26) defeated Melbourne 116 (S Townsend 32) at
Harry Trott Oval
Seconds – Melbourne 9/192(cc) (H Gill 54 L Page 44 S Nichols 25) defeated by Box Hill 3/193 (H Gill 2/27) at Box Hill City Oval
Shield (3rds) Melbourne 7/146(cc) (V Pathania 41) defeated Carlton-Brunswick 144 (AM O'Meara 5/23 B Muscat 2/21) at Beaumaris SC (South Oval)
MCC Club XI Cricket Competition
Division 2 - Old Trinity 103 (A Leonardo 3/3 R Friedrich 3/19 R Aiyappan 2/10) defeated by MCC 2/107 (D Lewis 28) at Trinity Grammar Playing Fields (Hughes No. 1)
Division 3 - Old Camberwell 4/147(cc) defeated MCC 99 at Beaumaris SC (North Oval)
VIC Super Slam (Men’s) – Rd.6 Melbourne Uni 7/158(cc) (M Jackman 2/17 S Sturrock 2/46) defeated by Melbourne Demons 1/160 (SB Harper 83* CL White 67) at Albert Ground