The men’s 2nd XI desperately needed a win to stay in finals contention, and was duly led to victory by skipper Peter Petricola. Chasing 250 for victory, Peter put on 54 with his opening partner before being joined by Jack Harper (81 n.o. off 85 balls) with whom he put on 194 for the second wicket. Unfortunately Peter could not go on with it, dismissed when within two runs of victory, but he can take solace from scoring a magnificent 139 off just 140 balls that was laced with 13 fours.
Earlier Phil Halbish led the attacked taking 3/36 from 10 overs, well supported by spinners Kyle Williamson 2/41 and Sean Sturrock 1/32 who sent down their full quotas. The 2nd XI now has destiny in their own hands climbing into the final eight coming into the last round where we are up against Frankston-Peninsula.
The 3rds also brought up a much needed win to keep their finals hopes alive. Sam Brewin (77 off 84 balls) turned the match momentum when he came in at 3 for 31, and found Dom Bandara (42) as a willing partner. Max Welsh added a handy 33 to post 8/220. The chase ebbed and flowed where Alex Cesarios (3/28) gained the initial double breakthrough. Josh Ash (3/28) took the first of his three wickets when the Panthers were starting to get on top before Dom Bandara (3/17) helped seal the deal. The 3rd XI is 9th, three points out of a finals spot, obviously needing a win and one of a couple of teams who are also playing finals contending teams to lose or draw.
The 1sts and 4ths both lost both but remain in the final eight. The 1st XI battled to put a competitive score on the board, with captain Cameron White making 66 of our 158. Unfortunately this was never enough although Kieran Elliot (3/34) got some reward for effort. The 4th XI reigned in Dandenong to be chasing 187, however only Mitch Cheesman (50) got going, the team finishing 17 short.
The 1st XI is sixth, just five points ahead of ninth placed Dandenong who are realistically the only club with a chance to jump into the final eight. Of course, only a win will be on our mind, where we are within first innings points of claiming 4th spot. The 4ths slipped down to 6th, eight points inside the eight but a win away from third, so a lot to play for.
With the Albert Ground in use for women’s T20 World Cup team training this coming weekend, our 2nd and 4th XIs will play side by side at Beaumaris. The 1sts and 3rds similarly play next to each other at Frankston so if you are nearby, there will be a lot of action and interest close at hand.
The big winners for our women’s teams were the 2nds, whose nail biting last ball win saw them leap from third to top of the ladder ahead of the final round against Plenty Valley. Clem Ryan-Fuller (4 for 24) led an attack that kept Box Hill to 9/176. A steady chase began with Jen Sherman (25) at the top of the order followed with Hasrat Gill (37) top scoring in an even performance. Jess Bohn made a handy 27 before being run out 11 short of the line. The loss of a wicket off the second last ball when the scores were tied brought skipped Steph Nichols to the crease who calmly (??) brought up the winning run.
Unfortunately the 1sts dashed their finals hopes. Ella Hayward (56) found herself in an unfamiliar opening role, achieving a personal milestone by making her first 1st XI half century. Amy Vine (43) helped the score past the 100-mark for the loss of one wicket before we reached 8/166 at the close. In a tight game, we were well and truly in with a chance when Box Hill were 6/100 with Erika Quinn (3/27) and Olivia Downes (2/20) taking timely wickets, however the Mustangs held their nerve and won seven down.
The Shield team finished their season travelling to Geelong to play on a very slow outfield. We batted our 40 overs to make 9/65 but were passed three down.
Our Club XI Division 2 team were in a 2nd (Old Scotch) v third battle where the winner would finish second and claim a home semi-final. I dare say no one would have figured on a tie to keep the status quo. Simon Mellick made 51 of our 9/151 and although Hugh Hylsop took 4/16 with the ball, Old Scotch scrambled a tie.
The Division 3 team finished the year on a high with a dominant win.
MEN’S PREMIER v DANDENONG (R.14 – One-day)
Firsts – Melbourne158 (CL White 66 MJ Brown 32) defeated by Dandenong 5/160 (K Elliott 3/34) at Shepley Oval
Seconds – Dandenong 9/249(cc) (PJ Halbish 3/36 K Williamson 2/41) defeated by Melbourne 2/253 (P Petricola 139 J Harper 81*) at Albert Ground
Thirds – Melbourne 9/220(cc) (S Brewin 77 DS Bandara 42 M Welsh 33) defeated Dandenong194 (DS Bandara 3/17 AM Cesarios 3/28 J Ash 3/32) at Wilson Oval
Fourths – Dandenong 3/187 defeated Melbourne 170 (M Cheesman 50 HB Lee 29) at Beaumaris SC - North Oval
WOMEN’S PREMIER (Rd.12 – One-day)
Firsts – Melbourne 8/166(cc) (E Hayward 56 AJ Vine 43) defeated by Box Hill 7/167 (E Quinn 3/27 O Downes 2/20) at Box Hill City Oval
Seconds – Box Hill9/176(cc) (C Ryan-Fuller 4/24 K Nainhabo 2/39) defeated by Melbourne 8/177(cc) (H Gill 37 JH Bohn 27 JL Sherman 25) at Beaumaris SC - North Oval
Shield – Melbourne 9/65 (cc) defeated by Geelong 3/66 at Belmont Common North
MCC Club XI Cricket Competition (Rd.14)
Div 2 - MCC 7/151(cc) (S Mellick 51 K Purba 36) tied Old Scotch 9/151(cc) (HC Hyslop 4/16 R Aiyappan 2/13) at Beaumaris SC (South Oval)
Div 3 – Whitefriars 67 (T Bischoff 4/7 A Leonardo 3/6) defeated by MCC 2/70 (A Neylon 51*) at Whitefriars College
Tuesday February 25, 2020 9:22AM