All Demon teams were back on the field last weekend post the Christmas break and our Premier men went with a run (or two) of starting the New Year with a Demon Day with the 3rd XI going down by the barest of margins. Our women’s teams were severely depleted by players on representative duty and injury. The 2nds were the sole winners while in Club XI competition, our no.1 side resumed with a win.
The men’s 1st XI played Greenvale Kangaroos at the Albert where the bowlers did their part, and some snappy fielding that yielded two run outs, resulted in bowling the visitors out for 192 where Brad Melville, Jackson Coleman, Sean Sturrock and Kieran Elliott each took two wickets. A shaky chase (2 for 24) was rescued superbly by stand-in skipper, Will Pucovski (100 n.o. off 124 balls, 11 fours and two 6s) and Blake Thomson (56 off 81 balls, seven 4s) who put on 143 for the third wicket to take us to the brink of a seven wicket win, achieving a bonus point in the process.
The 2nd XI had what turned out to be an amazing win. The Kangaroos looked destined to set an even bigger target than the 5/228 eventually set with good spells by Andre De Lange 2/23 off 10 overs and Darcy Munro 2/28 off 8). At 5 for 19 in reply that target loomed all the more formidable! Henry Brown (31) first combined with Marcus Jackman, before Marcus was joined by Darcy Munro (40) to lead a recovery that appeared to be in vain when Marcus was dismissed for a quality 71 at 8/163.
At this point Josh Ash partnered Patty Smith in a 46-run partnership that took us to 9/209, still 18 shorts with balls running out. However Patty had his eye at this point and continued to score freely to the stage where a boundary was required off the final ball. The result? A hook over backward square leg for a thrilling win, Patty finishing 48 n.o. off 30 balls (three 4s and two 6s).
The 3rd XI bowled first and were a little wayward early and put down costly chances. Will O’Brien (3/34 off 9 overs) reined things in as did MCC debutant Kyle Williamson whose leg spinners yielded just 17 runs from his nine over spell. Still, 6/207 looked well within our capabilities in the excellent conditions. However too many starts weren’t built upon and we found ourselves 5 for 87. The lower order fought hard to get us back in the game and just when it looked like we might grab an unlikely last over win, we fell a run short.
The 4th XI made light work of their opposition. The Kangaroos did reach 3 for 72 after Michael Cesarios took two wickets in his opening spell however this was when Stewart McCooke (5/23) was introduce to the attack, his left-arm orthodox taking the next five wickets in short time, with Greenvale eventually bowled out for 134. After a couple of early losses, Dominic Bandara (44 n.o.) and Max Tucker (64) put the win beyond doubt.
Our women’s 1sts travelled to Plenty Valley. The bowlers toiled hard and Brea Sutton (4/29) did best, keeping the ‘Bats’ to 9/187. Although a 3rd wicket partnership between Elly Donald (24) and Jess Couser (38) looked to get us on track, our innings fell away and were bowled out for 99.
He 2nds did well to accumulate 202 where Mia Perrin (40) and Alice O’Brien (30) did best. A good bowling performance, where our new English visitor Kate Haszeldine took two wickets kept Plenty valley to a losing score.
The Shield team had a good tussle with Monash Uni, pulling them back in from1/97 to 9/132 at their close where Chelsea Wemyss, Jen Donnelly and Brooke Muscat each took two wickets for not many runs. Olivia Earney (54) starred with the bat but unfortunately she just needed a little more support on the scoreboard as we fell 14 shy.
The Club XI no.1 team had a good win over Old Xavier that keeps them in the top four, knocking them over for 92 after making 6/136. The no.2 side fell just four short in their chase in their T20 match against Old Carey.
This weekend the men play another one-day round against Essendon (1sts at home) whilst the Premier women play Prahran (1ts also at home on Sunday)
MEN’S PREMIER v GREENVALE KANGAROOS (Rd.10- One-day)
Firsts – Melbourne 3/194 (W Pucovski 100* B Thomson 56) defeated Greenvale Kangaroos 192 (B Melville 2/24 J Coleman 2/32 S Sturrock 2/39 K Elliott 2/43) at Albert Ground
Seconds - Greenvale Kangaroos 5/226(cc) (DE Munro 2/28 A de Lange 2/36) defeated by Melbourne 9/227 (M Jackman 71 PJ Smith 48* DE Munro 40 H Brown 31) at Greenvale Reserve #1
Thirds - Greenvale Kangaroos 6/207(cc) (W O'Brien 3/34 J Leadbeater 2/28) defeated Melbourne 206 (WN Ryan 35 M Welsh 29 K Williamson 27) at Beaumaris SC - North Oval
Fourths - Greenvale Kangaroos 134 (SW McCooke 5/23 MA Cesarios 2/16) defeated by Melbourne 3/135 (MC Tucker 64 DS Bandara 44*) at Greenvale Reserve #4
WOMEN’S PREMIER (Rd.6 – One-day)
Firsts –Plenty Valley 9/187(cc) (B Sutton 4/29 H Gill 2/32 E Donald 2/41) defeated Melbourne
99 (J Couser 38) at Yarrambat War Memorial Park
Seconds –Melbourne 202 (M Perrin 40 A O'Brien 30) defeated Plenty Valley 7/155 (KE Haszeldine 2/30) at Beaumaris SC - North Oval
Shield (3rds) Monash University CC 9/132(cc) (JE Donnelly 2/8 C Wemyss 2/10 B Muscat 2/11) defeated Melbourne 118 (O Earney 54) at Monash University (Frearson Oval)
MCC Club XI Cricket Competition
Div 2 (OD) - MCC 6/136(cc) defeated Old Xaverians 92 at Beaumaris SC (South Oval)
Div 3 (T20) - Old Carey 4/116(cc) defeated MCC 112 (BJ Sewell 36) at Beaumaris SC (South Oval)