Our women’s 1sts broke their five-game losing streak, gaining a valuable win over Dandenong that puts them back within three points of the final four with four rounds remaining. Unfortunately the 2nds went down and slipped out of the four, while the 3rds lost a tight tussle.
The 1sts bowling set up the win, with Olivia Downes (2/9) getting two early, Erika Quinn (2/31) grabbed two in the middle order, before Hasrat Gill (pictured left) removed the top scorer and the tail end to finish with 4/15. The chasing of Dandenong’s 96 looked a little shaky at 4 for 60 before Annecy Homberg (22 n.o.) and Hasrat (18 n.o.) steadied with an unbeaten 39-run partnership to seal the bonus point win.
The 2nds were set 227 by Dandenong where Kampi Nainhabo (pictured right) starred with the ball taking 5 for 23 off her 9 overs. Mia Perrin batted well for her 42 and Katie Hazeldine made 43 from 47 balls however we were all out for 153.
The Shield team set Ringwood 120 off 37 overs thanks largely to Chelsea Wemyss (44), but were passed with just seven balls remaining. Jade Johnson (2/18) did best with the ball.
All of our men’s Premier matches made little progress on Saturday due to the bad weather. The most frustrated team was the 3rd XI who couldn’t get started due to a very damp patch on the far side of the wicket table that prevented any play, not allowing enough time to score the mere five runs needed for the win.
The 4ths had made a good start to their chase of 186 with Pat Frawley 47 n.o. but play was curtailed for the day at 2/72. The 1sts played enough time for Kieran Elliott (4/37) to add two more wickets to the two he took last week before Footscray declared with a 77 run lead, however we had all 10 wickets intact when the rain settled in. In the 2nds, Footscray batted until their innings was compulsory closed at 8/247 however the Demons didn’t get to the batting crease before being washed out.
In Club XI, MCC 2’s game on Saturday at an interesting stage when washed out when we were 1/18 chasing 5/92 in a match reduced to 25-overs. Our no.1 team has a good win over Old Trinity to keep third sport and well poised for finals with three rounds remaining.
Next weekend, the men take on Carlton in a two-day Saturday/Sunday round in 1sts (home) and 2nds while the 3rds and 4ths play a one-day match on Saturday. The Premier women play Ringwood, the 1sts at home at Beaumaris on Sunday.
MEN’S PREMIER v FOOTSCRAY (Rd.12 Day 1)
Firsts – Firsts - Melbourne 109 (MJ Brown 31) and 0/13 defeated by Footscray 9/186(dec) (K Elliott 4/37 S Sturrock 2/14) at Mervyn G Hughes Oval
Seconds – Footscray 8/247 (cc) (SE Griffin 2/15 K Williamson 2/32 DE Munro 2/36) drew with Melbourne at Albert Ground
Thirds – Footscray 104 (AM Cesarios 3/36 PJ Halbish 2/14 J Ash 2/15) drew with Melbourne 4/100 (C Anderson 33 DS Bandara 26) at Tony Dodemaide Oval (no play day 2)
Fourths - Footscray 186 (T Cesaro 3/36 U Saddiq 2/36) drew with Melbourne 2/72 (P Frawley 47*) at Beaumaris SC (North Oval)
WOMEN’S PREMIER (Rd.9 – One-day)
Firsts – Dandenong 98 (H Gill 4/15 O Downes 2/9 E Quinn 2/31) defeated by Melbourne 4/99 (A Homberg 27*) at Shepley Oval
Seconds – Dandenong 8/226(cc) (K Nainhabo 5/23 E Stallwood 2/40) defeated Melbourne 153 (KE Haszeldine 43* M Perrin 42) at Beaumaris Secondary College - North Oval
Shield (3rds) Rd.6 – Ringwood 3/119 (J Johnson 2/18) defeated Melbourne 9/118(cc) (C Wemyss 44) at Proclamation Park
MCC Club XI Cricket Competition
Div 2 - MCC 5/144(cc) (S Mellick 35 J Maher 35) defeated Old Trinity 8/107(cc) (R Friedrich 2/19 LC Durkin 2/21 RR Imhoff 2/22) at Beaumaris SC (South Oval)
Div 3 – Whitefriars 5/92(cc) (J Ong 2/23) drew MCC 1/18 at Whitefriars College