MCC MATCH SUMMARY
Men’s Premier (Rounds 1 & 2)
Women’s Premier (Round 3)
Club XI (Round 1)
By Bruce Wilson
THREE WINS & A LOSS V. RICHMOND IN MEN’s PREMIER FIRST ROUND
1stX1 – Having won the toss and batted Melbourne a made a solid start reaching 40 before the loss of the first wicket when Meyrick Buchanan was out for 13. Two quick wickets followed to be 3/42 and when Sam Harper was dismissed for 33 the Demons were vulnerable at 4/57. Coming to the rescue was Blake Thomson and debutant, former Queensland first class player Jack Prestwidge with a partnership of 69 taking the score to 126 when Jack was out for a bright 48 off 51 balls (three 4’s, two 6’s). Blake continued on, batting soundly ensuring we batted out our 50 overs and with mini partnerships with the lower order Melbourne reached 8/225. Blake being 65 not out at the close.
In reply Richmond succumbed to the pace of Jack Prestwidge and were reeling at 3/16, and when Jackson Koop chimed in with two wickets with the score on 28 to have Richmond five down, the regular fall of wickets continued and they were all out for 108 off 35.4 overs. Jack’s bowling figures were 3/17(5) and Jackson’s 3/28 (8). A convincing win and a bonus point to the Demons!
2ndX1 – Richmond batting first were in all sorts of trouble at 5/33 thanks to a great bowling spell from Glenn Hannah. The Tigers did recover to some degree to take their score to 148 (all out) off 43.3 overs. Glenn finished with 5/18 off 9.3 overs. Darcy Munro bowled well in support 2/37 (7) and Joshua Ash took two timely wickets finishing with 2/34 off a tidy 10 overs.
Two partnerships- one of 49 (Campbell Kellaway & Andre de Lange) and the other of 58 (de Lange & Xander Buxton) saw the Demons reach their target of 149 for the loss of three wickets off 38.3 overs. Xander top scored with a well made and unbeaten 46. Like the 1stX1 a good win and a bonus point!
3rdX1 - Having been sent in by Richmond, Melbourne after the loss of an early wicket, a partnership of 50 by Will Thompson (26) & Captain Chris Anderson (30), the Demons at 2/70 were well placed to set a good score, however from that point we lost 8/67 to be all out for 137, falling two overs short of our allotted 45. Handy contributions did come from Nick Pastras and Harry Demattia both scoring 22.
Melbourne did have Richmond at 5/55 and at that stage were right in it, however an unbeaten 88 run partnership by the Tigers saw them comfortable home at 5/143 off 35.4 overs. Max Tucker the only multiple wicket taker with 2/30.
4thX1 – This game was a thriller, with one side then the other having the upper hand. Richmond batting first were in trouble at 3/31, however recovered to finish with a competitive 9/221. In an even bowling performance, Hugh Hyslop, Thomas Reid and Stewart McCooke each took two wickets.
In reply Melbourne was in trouble at 4/50 when Captain Alistair McCooke and Josh Benson came together to put on 49 for the 5th wicket before Alistair was out for a well made 38 off 34 balls (six 4’s and a six). A 7th wicket partnership of 80 by Thomas Reid and Josh took the score to 185 when Thomas was out for 24. At 8/212 needing 10 to win Josh Benson was out for a magnificent 83. He batted in T20 mode, his runs coming off 76 deliveries with four 4’s and four 6’s. This left Hugh Hyslop & Trent Thompson at the crease and on edging towards the target score, it was down to two balls remaining with two runs to win and with the field up Hugh went over the top striking a four to see the Demons home.
MEN’s PREMIER ROUND 2 V DANDENONG
A RAIN INTERUPTED DAY WITH MATCHES DECIDED BY DUCKWORTH LEWIS STERN (DLS) CALCULATIONS. A MAGNIFICENT AND EXCITING WIN BY THE 1stX1 THE HIGHLIGHT
1stX1 – Melbourne was without Captain Cameron White who departed Victoria early to take up his Assistant Coaching duties with BBL team Adelaide Strikers. Seb Gotch stepped into the skipper’s role and on winning the toss sent Dandenong in. The Panthers opening partnership reached 82 before Kyle Williamson broke through and wickets subsequently fell regularly and at 9/214 this compulsory closure total was acceptable to Melbourne given Dandenong’s good start. Jackson Koop like last week took two wickers 2/33(9), with Jack Craig being the other multiple wicket taker with 2/30(6). Melbourne’s innings started well with Meyrick Buchanan scoring a bright 38 off 32 balls – 30 runs in boundaries. His was the second wicket to fall at 62, however the innings early momentum plateaud with the middle order getting out in their teens and when the rain caused a delay at the end of the 32nd over Melbourne’s score at 7/136 did not look good. On resumption Melbourne’s target score under the DLS calculation was 202 – to be off 39 overs, leaving the Demons to score 66 runs from seven overs with three wickets in hand!. At 8/151 Keiren Elliott joined Jack Craig who had established himself at the crease and the pair took the total to a tied score of 201 when Jack was out for a magnificent 49 (five 4‘s and a six). His wicket fell on the first ball of the last over and on first ball faced, Kyle Williamson got bat to ball and scrambled through for the winning run. A great win with the 50 run partnership between Jack & Keiran (25 off 19 balls) being a match winner. This win sees the Warren Ayres Cup return to Melbourne. Warren represented both Melbourne and Dandenong in Premier Cricket scoring 15,000 runs at 42. He played 46 first class games for Victoria. A true champion of the game.
2ndX1 – Dandenong winning the toss and batting scored 8/244 off their allotted 50 overs with opener J. Slater being the stumbling block for the Demons with 93 and being the sixth wicket to fall at 181. Zac Mevissen 2/33(9) and Cam Kellaway 2/38(10) returned the best figures of Melbourne’s bowlers and Will Thompson was tidy behind the stumps with four catches.
Cam Kellaway and Will Thompson opened the batting in fine style, however unfortunately both were dismissed with the score on 76, Cam with a polished 36 and Will for a patient 34. Three quick wickets followed and when the rain came to halt proceedings Melbourne had tumbled to 5/85 off the minimum 25 overs. There were varying DLS calculation targets set with moving commencement times and in the end only three more overs were possible with Melbourne’s target set at an impossible 70 runs off those three overs in which time they lost a further three wickets being 8/98 at the close. A disappointing loss, given the opening partnership.
3rdX1 – A dominant 111 run 3rd wicket partnership by Captain Chris Anderson (61, six 4’s) and Dom Bandara (70, five 4’s, four 6’s) set up the Demons for a competitive score. Harry Demattia (21 n.o.) and Alex Cesarios (44 n.o.– four 4’s & a six) rounded off the innings with a compulsory closure total of 244 for the loss of only four wickets. In reply Dandenong was four wickets down for 110 off 22.2 overs when rain interrupted play and on resumption a DLS target total of 201 off 33 overs was set and their 4/160 at the close was well short. Harkirat Bajwa was the best of the Melbourne bowlers with two unassisted wickets, his figures 2/27(7). A comprehensive win by the Demons.
4thX1 – For Melbourne a 77 run opening partnership by Joel Ludik (40, five 4’s) and Paddy Frawley (46, seven 4’s) established a good foundation for the middle order to capitalise on with Josh Benson (24) & James Meehan (39, four 4’s) doing just that, adding 57 for the 6th wicket giving the Demons a compulsory closure score of 7/197. Melbourne then had Dandenong 5/89 off 29 overs when the rain came and this remained their final score falling well short of the DLS calculation required for a victory. Bowlers Thomas Reid, Trent Thompson, Charlie Holmes and Stewart McCooke were all single wicket takers and a run out made up the five Dandenong dismissals giving Melbourne a well deserved team victory.