MCC MATCH SUMMARY
Men’s Premier (Round 5)
Women’s Premier (Round 6)
Club XI (Round 4)
By Bruce Wilson
MEN’S PREMIER ROUND 5 V. FRANKSTON PENINSULA
1STX1 IN DISAPPOINTING LOSS. COMFORTABLE WINS TO OTHER X1’S, HIGHLIGHTED BY 4THX1 157 RUN 5TH WICKET PARTNERSHIP BY SAM BREWIN & JOSH BENSON. A CENTURY TO SAM!
1stX1 – Both teams inning’s followed a similar pattern. Frankston Peninsula batting first were 7/98 before recovering to bat out their 50 overs to reach 9/220 at their compulsory closure. Kyle Williamson bowled an economic 10 overs for his 2/25 with Fergus O’Neill the leading wicket taker returning 3/56 (10). Melbourne disappointed with the bat and were 7/74 before a 50 run partnership between Jackson Koop(32) and Keiran Elliott(30) had their team on track to chase down the opposition score however, on the dismissal of Jackson with the score then 8/124 the Demons struggled to 146 - all out in the 44th over. Congratulations to the victors.
2ndX1 – Frankston Peninsula batting first scored a competitive but gettable 9/180 (c.c.) All of Melbourne’s six bowlers used took a wicket with the multiple wicket takers being Wilson McGillivray in his first game of the season and bowling with controlled pace taking 2/17(10) and promising young leggie Joshua Ash, whilst expensive early, persisted and with the support of his Captain was rewarded with three wickets finishing with 3/52(7).
In reply at 5/94 Melbourne looked to be in trouble, however a 53 run partnership between Darcy Munro and Peter Petricola took the score to 147 when Darcy was out for a well made 40. From that point on and needing 33 for victory the skipper took control and with the support of Zac Mevissen quickly chased down the target in the 46th over. With the scores level, a boundary to Peter took the score to 6/184 and victory and his own total to an unbeaten 58 – a fine Captain’s knock.
3rdX1 – Two sound partnerships enabled Melbourne to post a competitive total of 171 for the loss of seven wickets at their compulsory closure at the end of 45 overs. Harry Demattia and Alex Cesarios came together with the score at 3/38 and the pair put on 73 for the 4th wicket before Alex lost his wicket to a run out scoring an impressive 35. A further three wickets quickly followed until Harry was joined by Alex Perrin at 7/131 and they went about ensuring Melbourne batted out their overs and at the close were 171 with both Alex(19) and Harry (52) remaining unbeaten. A fine half century to Harry batting through to the end losing five partners along the way.
Melbourne took the field under Captain Aaron Boyle standing in for the injured Chris Anderson and he led the way with his wickets being top order bats finishing with 2/12(6). Will O’Brien 3/25(7) and Harkirat Bajwa 3/18(6.1) were the other multiple wicket takers bundling Frankston Peninsula out for 91 in 34.1 overs ensuring a comfortable victory with a bonus point thanks largely to two outstanding contributions from promising U16 players in Harry Demattia and Harkirat Bajwa.
4thX1 – Coming together at 4/49 a magnificent and match saving 157 run 5th wicket partnership by Club veteran Sam Brewin and Josh Benson gave Melbourne the upper hand at change of innings with Demons 7/228 at the end of their 45 overs. Sam in his first game for the season made a brilliant century (106) hitting the ball to all parts of the ground with 10 fours and two 6’s and a strike rate of 100%. It took a run out to dismiss Sam. Josh continuing his good early season form was stumped for 75 (5 4’s, 2 6’s) going for big runs towards the end. Both these cricketers are great ‘team players’!
In reply Frankston Peninsula reached 3/93 – enter Melbourne’s Stewart McCooke who bowled brilliantly to take his second four wicket haul for the season with figures of 4/16(9), with Trent Thompson the other multiple wicket taker 2/25(5). Frankston Peninsula lost 7/29 to be all out for 122 in 34.3 overs. Another Melbourne victory with a bonus point. It is also worth highlighting the keeping performance of Josh Benson – effecting two stumpings and two run outs (assisted), capping off a great day for Josh.
By Marcella Torre
Women’s Premier Firsts
Round 6 Women’s Premier 1’s saw a trip out to Russell Lucas Oval vs Ringwood for the first game after the Christmas break and for 2021. After sending the Rams in, our bowlers put in a phenomenal effort to bowl them out for 166 (48 overs). Steph Townsend led the charge with 3/32 (9) in her 100th Premier game, with Jess Couser taking 2/12 (7) and Ella Hayward 2/39 (10) the other multiple wicket takers. An early wicket in our batting innings was the only main speed bump in the run chase, Amy Vine then made 31 before an unbeaten 81 run partnership between Teagan Parker (52*) and Ella Hayward (36*) saw us home in the 39th over for a bonus point win. We now sit on top of the ladder with a big game against 2nd placed Dandenong next week.
Melbourne 2/168 (T Parker 52 not out, E Hayward 36 not out, A Vine 31) defeated Ringwood 166 at Russell Lucas Oval, Ringwood.
Women’s Premier Seconds
Women’s Seconds started their New Year with a win at Beaumaris SC over Ringwood, with contributions from all players. After electing to bat first Melbourne set Ringwood a total of 176 off 45 overs with Charlotte Killeen and Hasrat Gill forming a crucial partnership of 118 runs. Our bowlers then took the game away from the Rams early, having them 5/25 at the first drinks break, before bowling them all out for 60 in the 27th over.
Melbourne 8/176 (C Killeen 61, H Gill 61) defeated Ringwood 60 (A O’Brien 3/7, Z Samuel 3/12, K Nainhabo 2/3, H Gill 2/10) at Beaumaris SC North Oval.
By Sam Dimopoulos
Div1: Old Xaviarians v MCC
Xavs won the toss and elected to bat. An opening partnership of 55 was followed by a 2nd wicket partnership of 128 placing the demons under pressure and set up an imposing platform for Xavs to launch on in the final 10 overs. Putting on a further 75 for the loss of 8 wickets, Xavs were all out in the 39th over for 258. A tough day for our bowlers on a flat wicket, they fought back, with Singh 3/33 and Durkin 3/47 leading the way with the ball and 3 catches to DeSilva and 2 to keeper Spigulia leading the way in the field,
Despite the imposing total, we remained positive. Aiyappen 50 and Purba 19 getting the demons off to a strong start at a run a ball. The loss of a couple of wickets saw Lavender 91, come to the crease and the scoring rate went over a run a ball and put the demons back in the game. Unfortunately Lavender was run out just short of the ton, but with the demons requiring 5 an over it was very possible, despite cameos from Hyslop 18 and Spigulia 17no, we fell short on 239. A game of what ifs, close but no chocolates.
Div2: MCC v Old Xaviarians
Xavs won the toss and elected to bat. A strong bowling performance by the demons had Xavs under pressure and struggling to score. Opening the shoulders in the middle of the innings they increased their scoring rate and were able to finish off strongly scoring 9/211. Walker 3/26 and Bishoff 1/19 lead the way with the ball
Confident of chasing down the total the Demons started strongly with Fitzgibbon 53 and Hinton 53 leading the way and putting the Demons 2/135 with 15 overs to go. Unfortunately, the scoring slowed, credit to our opposition, and we stumbled to 7/189 in our 40 overs.
Again we had a blend of old players providing the right learning curve for a young team.
Div3: Old Whitefriars v MCC
Whitefriars won the toss and sent us into bat. A couple of starts by Savage and W.Ong 15 each, weren't converted and the demons scored 8/101 in 40 overs. A tough total to defend, we certainly had a go, as Whitefriars went after a bonus point we had our chances. Whitefriars reached the total in the 20th over, credit for fighting it out and Joplin 3/14 on a tough day.