The men’s 1st XI had a much needed win over Carlton, keeping within close touch of the top four, just three points behind second place, but only two points ahead of seventh in a very tight final eight ladder where there are two two-day rounds to be played out. The 2nds gained the six first innings points to leave them just outside of eight.
The 1sts, batting first, battled hard on the first day where Meyrick Buchanan top scored with 59 and five others made between 20 and 39 to put a competitive 245 on the board against the second placed Blues. Jackson Koop tipped the balance of the day’s play our way with two Saturday evening wickets. Kieran Elliott (3/36) and Fergus O’Neill (2/19) took important wickets on Sunday morning before Jackson Koop got back in among the wickets. An excellent bowling performance bundled Carlton out for just 123, Jackson finishing with the fine figures of 5/36.
The 2nd XI lost an early wicket that allowed Jack Harper to the crease, a place he occupied for the next four hours making a well-constructed 104 off 193 balls (10 4s and two 6s). He received good support from Brad Melville (49) and Sean Griffin (40 n.o.) that allowed a Saturday evening declaration at 8/305 that was rewarded with an overnight wicket to Aaron Boyle.
Aaron didn’t stop there, taking the first four wickets to fall in his opening spell, finishing with a well-deserved 5 for 26 and largely responsible for knocking the Blues over for 106.
The 3rds and 4ths both lost, the 3rd XI falling to two points out of the eight and the 4th XI now less comfortable in fourth spot. The 3rds failed to chase 8/188 where Alex Cesarios took 3/37 then top scored with 35 in a reply that fell 34 short.
The 4ths were in early trouble and, after a slight recovery, collapsed to be 6 for 60. Stewart McCooke (30) tried to put something defendable on the board and with Ussie Saddiq making 26, posted 147. There were glimmers of hope with the Blues 4 for 61 and six down with 23 to get at different stages but were passed without further loss.
Our women’s 1sts, playing Ringwood at Beaumaris, started the day promisingly with Amy Yates (67 off 97 balls) in one her limited appearances for the Demons this year, showing great touch in an opening stand of 112 with Amy Vine (38). Unfortunately the innings petered out after that to finish all out 187. The Ringwood bats found conditions to their liking and passed the Demons two down. The loss leaves the 1sts a game outside the final four with three rounds to play.
On the other hand, the 2nds kept their place the four after a crushing win, and puts them back within reach of a top-two finish. Seven different bowlers shared the ten wickets in bowling Ringwood out for 64, with Clem Ryan-Fuller (3 for 5) and Lucy Page (2 for 0 in one over) leading the way. The target was achieved four down.
In Shield, Sorcha O’Carolan Murphy starred by making 69 in just her third game for the Demons, helping us to 8/182 at the close. This total was well defended, keeping Mt Martha to 4/100. Unfortunately the girls are still two games adrift of the four, in 8th place, with two matches remaining.
On the Club XI front, our no.1 team had a narrow win that should clinch a finals spot, being ten points ahead of fifth who would need two bonus points wins without MCC getting any in the last two rounds. Simon Mellick top scored with 49 of the 9/149, that was just enough for the bowlers who dismissed Melbourne High School OB for 143.
The no.2 team mustered just 106, even though Ritche Savage batted through the innings for 40 n.o., which was easily passed and finals now beyond them.
MEN’S PREMIER v FOOTSCRAY (Rd.12 Day 1)
Firsts – Melbourne 245 (MJ Buchanan 59 K Elliott 39 B Thomson 35 A de Lange 33 CL White 28 FP O'Neill 27) and 2/118 (B Thomson 57* CJ Lill 39) defeated Carlton123 (J Koop 5/36 K Elliott 3/36 FP O'Neill 2/19) at Albert Ground
Seconds – Melbourne 8/305(dec) (J Harper 104 B Melville 49 SE Griffin 40* P Petricola 34 M Jackman 31) defeated Carlton106 (AJ Boyle 5/26 SE Griffin 2/22 K Williamson 2/31) and 1/36 at Princes Park #1
Thirds - Carlton 8/188(cc) (AM Cesarios 3/37) defeated Melbourne154 (AM Cesarios 35) at Beaumaris SC - North Oval
Fourths – Melbourne 147 (S McCooke 30 MC Tucker 27 U Saddiq 26) defeated by Carlton 6/148 at Princes Park #2
WOMEN’S PREMIER (Rd.10 – One-day)
Firsts – Melbourne 187 (A Yates 67 AJ Vine 38) defeated by Ringwood 2/188 at Beaumaris Secondary College - North Oval
Seconds – Ringwood 64 (C Ryan-Fuller 3/5 L Page 2/0) defeated by Melbourne 4/65 at Jubilee Park #2 - Ringwood (The Rock)
Shield – Melbourne 8/182(cc) (S O'Carolan Murphy 69*) defeated Mt Martha 5/100 at Beaumaris SC (South Oval)
MCC Club XI Cricket Competition
Div 2 - MCC 9/149(cc) (S Mellick 49) defeated Melbourne High 143 (R Aiyappan 2/14 BP Stove 2/16 T Mellick 2/26) at Melbourne High School
Div 3 – MCC 106 (R Savage 40*) defeated by Sandringham Mackie 1/110 (A Gibson 2/15) at Brighton - Beach Oval