By Marcella Torre
Women's Premier Firsts
Round 3 for the Women's Premier 1's saw a trek out to Yarrambat, against Plenty Valley. We finished our batting innings on 8/206 off our 50 overs, led by Elly Donald (38), Teagan Parker (37) and Rhiann O'Donnell (36). It was an impressive display in the bowling innings, bowling Plenty Valley out for 118 in the 43rd over. Olivia Downes took her first ever 5-fa, taking 5/15 off her 10 overs. A handy bonus point win sees us continue our momentum, making it 3 wins from 3 games to start the season. Melbourne 8/206 (E. Donald 38, T. Parker 37, R. O'Donnell 36) Defeated Plenty Valley 10/118 (O. Downes 5/15) at Yarrambat War Memorial Park
Women's Premier Seconds
Our Women’s Premier 2nds had their first home game of the season at Beaumaris SC. Bowling first they were able to keep Plenty Valley to 8/136 off their 45 overs, with Hasrat Gill taking 3/26 off her 9 overs and our debutant Zoe Samuel claiming her first 2 wickets for the club. We were then able to chase down their total one down in the 21st over, with Charli Killeen (52*) hitting her first half century for the year and helped along by Bridie Chesterfield (41) and Hasrat Gill (29*).
Plenty Valley 8/136 (H Gill 3/26 Z Samuel 2/20) Defeated by Melbourne 1/137 ( C Killeen 52* B Chesterfield 41 H Gill 29*) at Beaumaris SC North Oval
Women's Premier Thirds
Spectators attending the Women's Premier 3rds game at AK Line Reserve, Watsonia on Sunday witnessed an extraordinary display of power hitting that made coach Will O'Brien remark "this innings will be talked about for years to come''. Batting first, MCC's Alana D'Aquino smashed an incredible 200* (retired) off only 123 balls (27 fours and 7 sixes) to put us in a completely dominant position with our highest ever total of 5/349 at the close of 40 overs. She was ably assisted by partners Lucy Page (24), Jess Bohn (17), and Amelie O'Meara (16) ticking over the strike before Chelsea Wemyss (29*) came in to watch Alana's second hundred in the blink of an eye from the best seat in the house at the non-strikers end. Plenty Valley's batting was unable to make any headway against miserly bowling from first year captain Alex Cornelius (2/7 off 4 overs) and new recruit Flip Leighton (1/1 off 4 overs - three maidens and her first wicket for the club to boot) before facing destructive pace from Lucy Page (3/13 off 4.2 overs) with excellent contributions from four other bowlers and superb diving fielding from Tess Keogh as well. While rain delays raised some concern about a potential washout, wickets ended the Plenty Valley innings in the 23rd over in plenty of time to secure the result.
Plenty Valley 9/47 (all out) (L Page 3/13 A Cornelius 2/7) defeated by Melbourne 5/349 (A D'Aquino 200* C Wemyss 29*) at AK Line Reserve