The final day of the home and away season for our men’s Premier teams couldn’t have gone much better with the 1st XI winning outright to earn a top four spot in the final eight and a double chance, with the 2nds and 4ths chasing down targets to cement their quarter-final places.
The 3rds threatened to pull off a minor miracle needing seven wickets with just 32 runs to play but the asking proved too much. Will Ryan grabbed 6/40 with the ball.
Unfortunately our Club XI side, who were unbeaten since November, put in a good showing in their grand final but went down by five wickets. Ray Aiyappan put a terrific all-round performance, his 50 with the bat helping MCC to a competitive 8/144 (40 overs), and when things got away from us in the field early, took 3/18 (8 overs) to give us a fighting chance. Well done to all involved in a year that saw this side come a long way.
In our 1sts, leg-spinner Kyle Williamson (pictured) was outstanding, adding another five wicket haul (5 for 23 off 22 overs) to add to his first innings bag, to claim an amazing 10 for 47 for the match. Kieran Elliott added a couple to his season tally, helping dismiss Frankston for 101 in the second innings, leaving the Demons just 28 to ring up a valuable 10 points. The end result is that we finished third, and with the 1st XI finals system now replicating the AFL’s, the Demons take on 2nd placed Footscray (away) for a passage into the preliminary final, the loser getting a double chance.
The 2nds brilliantly chased down 308 to claim sixth spot; set to play a must win quarter-final against Monash Tigers at Central Reserve. Peter Petricola (59) led the way at the top, before Jack harper (120 off 175 balls, 16 fours and two sixes) continued his rich vein of form taking us within sight of victory. Charlie Holmes (68 n.o.) provided great support before seeing the Demons home with three wickets in hand.
The 4th XI chase of 1756 was in the balance the whole day. Nick Pastras (39) was holding the top order together but at 8/111 the scales appeared to tip the ‘Heat’s’ way. Hugh Hyslop 36 (n.o.) joined Ussie Saddiq (29 n.o.) in a largely untroubled, unbroken 66-run ninth wicket partnership to seal victory.
The 2nd XI finished 6th and the 4ths 5th, and both teams play Monash Tigers at their Central Reserve ovals in must win quarter-finals. The strong end to the season landed us in 5th place in the Club Championship.
Our women’s Premier 2nds play their semi-final this Sunday, taking on Ringwood at ‘The Rock’.
Full details of those upcoming matches can be found here http://mycricket.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/upcomingmatches.aspx?entityid=212
MEN’S PREMIER v FRANKSTON PENINSULA (R.15 – Two-day)
Firsts – Frankston Peninsula 99 (K Williamson 5/24 K Elliott 3/14 J Coleman 2/19) and 101 (K Williamson 5/23 K Elliott 2/24) defeated outright by Melbourne 2/173(dec) (B Thomson 101* SB Harper 37) and 1/28 at AH Butler Oval
Seconds – Frankston Peninsula 308 (S Sturrock 5/78 SE Griffin 3/22 PJ Halbish 2/58) defeated by Melbourne 7/309 (J Harper 120 CG Holmes 68* P Petricola 59) at Beaumaris SC - North Oval
Thirds – Melbourne 90 and 2/63 (MA Cesarios 32 J Leadbeater 28) defeated Frankston Peninsula 157 (WN Ryan 6/40 GJ Hannah 2/24) at J Coburn Oval
Fourths –Frankston Peninsula 176 (C Sturrock 5/27 U Saddiq 2/46) defeated by Melbourne 8/177 (N Pastras 39 HC Hyslop 36* U Saddiq 29*) at Beaumaris SC - South Oval
WOMEN’S PREMIER – No play due to ICC Women’s T20 WC Final
MCC Club XI Cricket Competition (Grand final)
Div 2 - 8/144(cc) (R Aiyappan 50 S Mellick 30) defeated by Caulfield 5/147 (R Aiyappan 3/18) at Albert Ground