He Demons Christmas stockings weren’t quite filled as we would have liked following the final weekend of play for 2019, with the 4th XI being the only team to collect points. The Michael Sholly Cup was retained by Melbourne University after the 1st XI failed to chase down 285. This was despite a career high and best innings from Kieran Elliott, who came in at number three as nightwatchman, and batted for over four and a half hours before being dismissed for 82, his first 1st XI half-century. There were a few ‘30s’ made by others, but we fell 53 short.
The victorious 4th XI put the game on the line by declaring on the overnight score of 7/236. Opening bowlers Hugh Hyslop (two) and Max Tucker (one) had an immediate impact by having Melb Uni 3 for 14 before they recovered to be 3 for 77. At this stage Hugh and Max moved into their second spells and same result, three wickets in the space of two runs, again two to Hugh and one to Max. Spinners Pat Frawley and Rory Freeman took care of the rest, Hugh finishing with the fine figures of 4 for 28 off 17 overs whilst Max’s 19 overs claimed 2/35.
The 4th and 1st XIs go into the break in 3rd place in the final eight.
The 3rd XI were hopeful of defending 107 with Uni 6/63 overnight however were passed without further loss ended the day staving off an outright, which they did thanks to Sam Brewin’s defiance (37 n.o.).
The 2nd XI, resuming at 3/40, consolidated early and looked half a chance at 5/136 but lost three for none including two set batsmen at that point. A late order rally got us closer than what we might have thought at 7/136 but were eventually beaten by 44 runs.
The 3rd XI now sit in 8th spot while the 2nds are 10 points out of the eight.
The only other match was our women’s 1sts who almost pulled out a miraculous win after appearing well out of the match at a couple of stages. Our team was significantly weakened, as was Prahran’s to an extent, after this originally cancelled Rd14 match (due to women’s T20 World Cup falling on that weekend) was rescheduled after a number of players had made other commitments.
Amy Vine (41) got the Demons away to a steady start but at 6/132, it was left to Ella Hayward (49 n.o.) to provide the boost to the innings that got it to a competitive 6/188. Prahran appeared to be making light work of the chase, passing 100 in the 15th over one down. After breaking through at 2/122, Elly Donald went on a wicket taking rampage taking a career best 6 for 41 off her 10 overs. We appeared favourites at 9/171 but Prahran’s last wicket somehow scrapped out the runs.
Both 1sts and 2nds sit one place out of the final four but still have eight round to play in the new year.
MEN’S PREMIER v MELBOURNE-UNI (Rd.9 – Day 2)
Firsts - Melbourne University 285 (K Elliott 4/72 W McGillivray 2/54) defeated by Melbourne 232 (K Elliott 82 MJ Buchanan 33 MJ Brown 30 M Jackman 29) at University Main Oval
Seconds – Melbourne University 269 (S Sturrock 4/63 SE Griffin 2/42) defeated Melbourne 225 (H Brown 40 CG Holmes 35 PJ Halbish 26* DE Munro 25) at Albert Ground
Thirds – Melbourne 107 (M Welsh 42) and 6/96 (S Brewin 37*) defeated by Melbourne University 8/202 (dec) (N Pastras 3/45 WN Ryan 2/7) at Princes Park #3
Fourths – Melbourne 7/236 (dec) (P Frawley 104 J Meehan 61*) defeated Melbourne University 115 (HC Hyslop 4/28 RR Freeman 2/11 P Frawley 2/31 MC Tucker 2/35) and 0/33 at Beaumaris SC (North)
WOMEN’S PREMIER (Rd.14 – One-day)
Firsts – Melbourne 6/188(cc) (E Hayward 49* AJ Vine 41) defeated by Prahran 9/190 (E Donald 6/41) at Toorak Park
Seconds – No game scheduled
Shield (3rds)- No game scheduled
MCC Club XI Cricket Competition - No games scheduled