While there may have been a little disappointment with the women’s Premier teams dropping both games to EMP on the weekend, however the coaching staff, along with teammates, would have taken great pleasure in our Shield team win, being particularly buoyed by the performance of developing player, 16 y.o. Jess Bohn )pictured). Jess’ highest score in any grade of cricket before this season was 26, and after joining us from playing in the Leongatha region, has started to blossom in Youth Premier competition. Being set 6/128 where Breese Jenkins (2/24) did best with the ball, Jess opened and batted through the innings, making an unbeaten 65 to guide her side to a five wicket win; a terrific achievement.
The 1sts played EMP away on Saturday, where 13 yo Hasrat Gill put in a fine 10-over spell to take 4 for 40 in EMP’s 8/214. Unfortunately the batting never really got going and we were soundly beaten. The 2nds kept EMP to 8/183 using 10 different bowlers and although Jennifer Sherman made a season high 43, our chase fell 46 short.
The Shield team’s win puts them in touch with the final four while the 2nds remain fourth. The 1sts are just over a game out of the four but have five rounds remaining to get back into the finals race.
On day one of the men’s Premier two-day round against Footscray, the 3rd XI fared best where they are within five runs of gaining first innings points. Bowling first, we dismissed Footscray for just 104 with Phil Halbish (2/14) and Alex Cesarios (3/36) doing the early damage, having the Bulldogs 3 for 5. Alex took two of his three wickets in his second spell and with Josh Ash also taking two, ensured there was no late order rally. Chris Anderson (33) got the chase on track and we will resume at 4/104 next week.
The 1srt XI was bundled out for just 109 where Matthew Brown (31) was the only bat to after any significant resistance. The day didn’t get a lot better when passed four down, and will face a deficit of 56 with four Bulldog wickets still standing going into next week.
The 2nd XI, bowling first, controlled play for most of the day but would have been a little frustrated to not take the 10 wickets by stumps, the Bulldogs finishing 8/218 from the 96 overs of play. Sean Griffin and Kyle Williamson each had two wickets when the score read 5 for 61 however a 103-run partnership stalled proceedings. Although the breakthrough brought another straight away, the tail dug in and we’ll need to take the remaining two wickets next week before taking the batting crease.
The 4th XI has a good battle going, as you might expect where third is playing fourth, the teams separated by a point. Tom Cesaros (3/36) grabbed a couple of early ones but in very good batting conditions, momentum shifted back and forth. Ussie Saddiq grabbed two wickets in separate spells, helping dismiss the Bulldogs for 186. A late loss will see us resume at 1/15.
MEN’S PREMIER v FOOTSCRAY (Rd.12 Day 1)
Firsts – Melbourne 109 (MJ Brown 31) v Footscray 6/165 (SA Sturrock 2/14 K Elliott 2/30) at Mervyn G Hughes Oval
Seconds – Footscray 8/218 (SE Griffin 2/15 K Williamson 2/32 DE Munro 2/36) v Melbourne at Albert Ground
Thirds – Footscray 104 (AM Cesarios 3/36 PJ Halbish 2/14 J Ash 2/15) v Melbourne 4/100 (C Anderson 33 DS Bandara 26) at Tony Dodemaide Oval
Fourths - Footscray 186 (T Cesaro 3/36 U Saddiq 2/36) v Melbourne 1/15 at Beaumaris SC (North Oval)
WOMEN’S PREMIER (Rd.8 – One-day)
Firsts – Essendon Maribyrnong Park 8/214(cc) (H Gill 4/40 A O'Donnell 2/29) defeated Melbourne 112 at Aberfeldie Park
Seconds - Essendon Maribyrnong Park 8/186(cc) (K Nainhabo 2/19 C Ryan-Fuller 2/20 E Stallwood 2/38) defeated Melbourne 140 (JL Sherman 43 M Perrin 27) at Beaumaris SC (North Oval)
Shield (3rds) Rd.5 - Box Hill 6/128(cc) (B Jenkins 2/24) defeated by Melbourne 5/131 (JH Bohn 65*) at Beaumaris SC (South Oval)
MCC Club XI Cricket Competition - No games scheduled