On another weather interrupted weekend, our women’s 2nds was the only side to earn full points, after all men’s Premier matches were declared a draw due to the minimal play that occurred on day one. With only two 1st XI matches commencing, under the rules all men’s Premier games in all grades will be played as one-day limited over fixtures (white balls, coloured clothing) next Saturday.
The win by the women’s 2nds keeps them in 3rd spot, only three points off top position, but just two ahead of fifth in a very tight final four race with two rounds remaining. Playing Carlton-Brunswick, Parry Jenkins (45) led the way at the top of the order before the bowlers took over, knocking over the Blues for 98 where Brea Sutton and Hasrat Gill each took three wickets.
The 1sts bowlers were on top early having the Blues 6/70 with Anna O’Donnell (3/35) and Erika Quinn (3/20) doing most of the damage before letting them off the hook slightly to be chasing 172. The loss of two early wickets really put us on the back foot and although Jess Couser (26) tried to restore things and debutante Katie Hazeldine (26) fought hard, we fell 35 short.
The 1sts have two must win rounds remaining if they are to defend their title and will need other results to go their way.
The Shield team went down in a competitive match where the opposition skipper dominated with 104 n.o. (out of 156) and took 3/11. Amelia O’Meara (45) and Vanchica Panathia (45 n.o.) put on a promising 96 for the second wicket but the run rate got beyond us at the end.
The men’s Club XI No.1 team went down but are guaranteed a finals spot, and will play Old Scotch in the final round for second spot. The no.2 side went down in a close finish where, reading the scores, the opposition hit a six with scores tied nine down in the last over.
In the men’s Premier that was played, which included a full day’s play for the 4th XI at Beaumaris, Harris Lee (55 n.o.) was the most notable performer across the grades.
In terms of performances by MCC players over the course of the weekend, it would be remiss not to congratulate Seb Gotch on his maiden Sheffield Shield century, making 100 n.o. for Victoria in their first innings against NSW. Great job Sebastian!
MEN’S PREMIER v DANDENONG (R.14 – Two-day)
Firsts – Dandenong 2/24 (FP O'Neill 2/12) drew with Melbourne at Shepley Oval
Seconds – Dandenong 5/125 (M Jackman 2/23 PJ Smith 2/35) drew with Melbourne at Albert Ground
Thirds – Melbourne 3/34 drew with Dandenong at Wilson Oval
Fourths – Melbourne 7/213 (HB Lee 55* N Pastras 36 W McGillivray 35 T Thompson 32) drew with Dandenong at Beaumaris SC - North Oval
WOMEN’S PREMIER (Rd.11 – One-day)
Firsts – Carlton-Brunswick 172 (E Quinn 3/20 A O'Donnell 3/35 E Donald 2/29) defeated Melbourne 137 (J Couser 26 KE Haszeldine 26) at Albert Ground
Seconds – Melbourne 168 (P Jenkins 45 M Perrin 26) defeated Carlton-Brunswick 98 (B Sutton 3/17 H Gill 3/17) at Princes Park #1
Shield – Edinburgh 4/156(cc) (C Wemyss 2/43) defeated Melbourne 7/118(cc) (AM O'Meara 45 V Pathania 45*) at Beaumaris SC (South Oval)
MCC Club XI Cricket Competition (Rd.13)
Div 2 - Old Haileyburians 8/158(cc) (BP Stove 3/21 R Aiyappan 3/35) defeated MCC 134 (J Maher 33 RR Imhoff 28) at Haileybury College
Div 3 – Sandringham Mackie Cricket Club 9/161 (M Sealey 3/13 T Bischoff 2/21) defeated MCC 155 (M Sealey 44) at Dendy Park