MCC MATCH SUMMARY
Men’s Premier (Round 4)
Women’s Premier (Round 5)
Club XI (Round 3)
Dowling Shield Competition (Round 1)
By Bruce Wilson
MEN’s PREMIER ROUND 4 V. CASEY-SOUTH MELBOURNE
DEMONS WIN ALL GAMES! 60 RUN 9th WICKET PARTNERSHIP GETS 2NDX1 HOME
1stX1 – Batting first, a second wicket partnership of 78 by Blake Thomson (48) & Campbell Kellaway (57) laid the foundation for Melbourne to build a competitive score. It was Campbell’s first half century in only his second game. Jack Craig joined Campbell following the dismissal of Blake and he became the mainstay in a succession of partnerships with debutant Dom Bandara and Fergus O’Neill. Jack made 45 with a strike rate of above 100% and Fergus’ 39 was also better than at a run a ball with three 4’s and 2 sixes. Dom had the confidence to also hit out with two 6’s in his 17. Before the game Dom was presented with his 1stX1 cap by Club great Patrick Smith. The significance being both Patrick & Dominic were recruited from Warrnambool. Melbourne’s innings compulsory closed after 50 overs at 9/234.
In the Casey-South Melbourne innings, wickets fell regularly in their all out total of 280 in 44.5 overs. All six Melbourne bowlers took wickets with Fergus O’Neill wrapping up the innings with 4/31 off 9.5 overs, following up his good contribution with the bat. A comfortable win to the Demons.
2ndX1 – This was a games of similarities. Both teams 9th wicket stands rescuing their sides innings! The inform Glenn Hannah struck early for Melbourne with two quick wickets to have Casey-South Melbourne on the back foot and he finished with match figures of 3/27(10). Zac Mevissen also asserted his dominance with the ball taking 2/13 (9 only off the bat) off his 10 overs – great bowling figures! Casey-South Melbourne did recover from 8/63 to reach a compulsory closure score of 9/157.
In reply Melbourne could not get a partnership going and at 8/100, the game looked gone. However Zac Mevissen and Max Tucker came together and went about restoring the innings and seeking victory. They played with positive determination, cool heads and played smart cricket, putting on 60 runs for the 9th wicket taking Melbourne’s score to 8/160 with Zac (45) more than half in boundaries & Max (30) both unbeaten at the end. A resolute victory and a great contribution to the game by Zac Mevissen with both bat & ball!
3rdX1 - A magnificent opening stand of 126 by Will Ryan(80) and Nick Pastras (48) followed by a 55 run partnership by Chris Anderson(44) and Paddy Frawley (29) enabled Melbourne to reach a defendable score of 7/261 at the compulsory closure (45 overs).
Despite two good partnerships – an opening 70 and a 5th wicket stand of 95 by Casey-South Melbourne, the Melbourne total was never threatened with Casey-SM falling well short at 7/203 at the close. Michael Cesarios 3/37(9) and Patrick Smith 2/37(9) kept a tight rein on any run chase with timely wickets which ensured victory.
4thX1 – From losing their 2nd wicket at 68 Casey-SM lost their next eight wickets for 88 in compiling 9/156 at the compulsory closure of 45 overs. Melbourne had six wicket takers with Tom Cesario excelling (3/17) off his eight overs.
An opening stand of 55 by Joel Ludik and Rory Freeman laid the foundation for Melbourne to be in a position to comfortably chase down the target score. A follow up partnership of 70 by Joel and skipper Alistair McCooke(37) made sure of it, Melbourne completing the task in 36.3 overs. Joel’s good knock of 61 was only brought to an end by an unfortunate run out. A workmanlike victory.
U16 MCC Dowling Shield Match
By Doug Patrick
XANDER BUXTON SCORES CENTURY IN U16’s FIRST ROUND GAME
For those who are unaware, Cricket Victoria agreed in October/November to allow the Premier clubs to manage a ‘modified’ Dowling Shield competition in the 2020/21 season for Victorian players who are U16 eligible.
Although this arrangement may be for this season only, all at Melbourne have been unbelievably enthusiastic about this prospect, and it was very pleasing and appropriate for us to nominate the players who were part of the 2019/20 Pucovski Academy to form the nucleus of the MCC Dowling team for this year’s competition.
Unsurprisingly, the 14 players who make up our group were excited about the opportunity to play together, and it was a very lively group who gathered yesterday at Casey South Melbourne’s impressive facility (Casey Fields at Cranbourne) for our first group match of the tournament.
We were very fortunate to be able to instal three current MCC senior players, Xander Buxton, Harry De Mattia and Henry Pearson, as the team’s three leaders, and the remaining players included Tom Reid, Harkirat Bajwa and Christian Howe (all with MCC senior experience this year).
Having won the toss and batted on a magnificent and true wicket, Xander Buxton and Kobyn James (Echuca) had a positive and energetic opening partnership of 107 before Kobyn was dismissed for an impressive even 50. Jaxon Binns (Berwick) joined Xander to really get the scoreboard ticking over. These two are great friends, and their partnership was spectacular! Xander pushed his innings to 130 before being dismissed, and Jaxon hit two sixes (one into an adjoining dam) on his way to 65. With some late good work from Henry Pearson (Brighton) and Alex Cortese (Edithvale), we finished our allotted 50 overs at 6/320.
Without doubt, that score represented an intimidating target for our hosts, and while they opened well the required run rate proved too much for them and they finished their 50 overs at 8/193. We used 8 bowlers to complete the 50 overs of the CSM innings, and all of them bowled with good discipline on the “batsman friendly” surface. The best “figures” were recorded by Alex Cortese – 4/21 from his 6 overs and by Henry Pearson – 2/16 from his 5 overs. It was a generally impressive showing in superb conditions at Cranbourne, and I was especially pleased that the boys made it five wins from five matches for our male teams against the Swans this weekend…!!!
Our next match is scheduled for Wednesday 27 January, and we are all looking forward to it.
By Marcella Torre
Women's Premier Firsts
Round five of the Women’s Premier 1’s saw us play on the North Oval at Beaumaris, along-side our Thirds who played on the South. After losing the toss and having a bowl, our bowlers stepped up another level to bowl Prahran out for 91. Elly Donald ripped through their line up with her best career bowling figures of 6/20 off 8 overs. Anna O’Donnell did a great job with the new ball once again, claiming 2/23 (5), while Olivia Downes and Ella Hayward both picked up a wicket each as well. Chasing a small total isn’t always easy, and we definitely lived up to that. After being 5/46, then 6/55, we managed to get over the line with a bonus point win in the 35th over, 6 wickets down. Renee Moffitt was the highest scorer with the bat making a well earned 24* (39). Heading into the Christmas break we are undefeated in the First XI and sit equal top of the table with Dandenong.
Melbourne 6/92 (R Moffitt 24*) defeated Prahran 91 (E Donald 6/20, A O’Donnell 2/23)
Women's Premier Seconds
Our Women’s 2nds played their last game before the Christmas break against Prahran at Righetti Oval. Being sent in to bat we were bowled out in the 35th over, Annecy Homberg (41) digging in to get the total to 127. Our bowling attack managed to force Prahran into the last over of the game but lost on the second last bowl of the innings.
Melbourne 10/127 (A Homberg 41 H Gill 19) Defeated by Prahran 8/128 (K Nainhabo 3/24 B Sutton 1/8 C Ryan-Fuller 1/22) at Righetti Oval
Women's Premier Thirds
The Women's Premier Thirds lead into the Christmas break with a strong win against Prahran thanks to an excellent steadying middle order batting partnership between Parry Jenkins (90 off 106 balls) and Vanchica Pathania (35 off 85 balls) who put on 140 runs to rebuild after we lost three early wickets. Our total of 9/174 after 40 overs proved to be comfortably defensible as our bowlers enjoyed a steady stream of wickets, led by skipper Alex Cornelius who finished with 3/15 off her 8 overs. There were five other wicket takers across the day including the first for 12 year old spin recruit Kamal Kaur (1/6 off 3 overs including a maiden) plus three run outs, always a good sign of things to come. We head into the break top of the ladder on 24 points, with EMP and Dandenong hot on our heels for some fierce battles when we restart on 24 January.
Melbourne 9/174 (P Jenkins 90, V Pathania 35) defeated Prahran 98 (A Cornelius 3/15, K Kaur 1/6) at Beaumaris SC South Oval
By Sam Dimopoulos
Div2: Old Wesley v MCC
Winning the toss, the young Demons elected to bat, after a shaky start at 3/45, the experienced pair of Imhoff Imhoff 68no and Lavender 62no put on 114 run partnership for the 4th wicket and giving the Demons a chance with 159 runs in their 40 overs. In response the young attack had its moments but were under constant pressure as the experienced Wesley side went all out attack, chasing the total down in the 30th over. Leading the bowling J.Talalla 1/26 with another 5 bowlers taking a wicket.
While the young demons lost the game, the blend of old players continues to provide the right learning curve for a young team that played out the game in the right spirit.
Entering the break on a positive note.
Div3: Pt Cook v MCC
Pt Cook won the toss and elected to bat. It didn't take long for a rejuvenated Demons side to strike and while Pt Cook had a number of starts, the Demons kept taking wickets leaving the home side 9/105 after 40 overs. Leading the charge was J.Ong 3/6, W.Ong 2/17, Fox 2/39 and a brilliant fielding performance by all. MCC chased down the total in the 30th over for the loss of 4 wickets, with Maher playing for the first time this year top scoring with 37 no and Toperoso 33 leading a dominant batting performance by the demons. A great way ro enter the break.
All team scores can be found here: