MCC MATCH SUMMARY
Women’s Premier (Round 12)
Men’s Premier (Round 12)
Premier Male Under 16
By Marcella Torre
WOMEN’S PREMIER 1
Round 12 of the Women’s Premier 1 was a top-of-the-table clash against Dandenong at Shepley Oval. After being sent in to bat, we got off to a very slow start and lost two early wickets, before Amy Vine (48) & Ella Hayward (76*) put on an 87-run third wicket partnership. Unfortunately, no one went big with Ella towards the end of our innings, and we finished at least 20 runs below par at 6/165 off our 50 overs. Early wickets in our bowling innings saw Dandy fall to 5/44, however a 64-run partnership at this point got them back in the game. Our bowling group put in a great effort to get it to the last over with nine wickets down, before they reached our total with 3 balls remaining in the match. Rhiann O’Donnell was the best of our bowlers with 4/24 (10) while Anna O'Donnell and Steph Townsend claimed 2 scalps each. We still hold top place on the ladder but will need two good performances to finish off the season to secure a home semi.
Melbourne 6/165 (E Hayward 76*, A Vine 48) defeated by Dandenong 9/168 (R O’Donnell 4/24) at Shepley Oval.
WOMEN’S PREMIER 2
Our Women’s 2 secured a home final on Sunday with their win over third placed Dandenong. The Panthers elected to bat first on Beaumaris’ North Oval and set a total of 6/156 off their 45 overs with two wickets each to Jordan Watson and Brea Sutton and singles to Ella Stallwood and Maddy Smith. With a 123-run second wicket partnership from Charli Killeen (84*) and Hasrat Gill (54) the Demons passed Dandenong 2 down in the 34th over.
Dandenong 6/156 (J Watson 2/23 B Sutton 2/26) defeated by Melbourne 2/158 (C Killeen 84* H Gill 51) at Beaumaris Secondary, North Oval.
WOMEN’S PREMIER 3
Our Women's 3 match against top placed rivals Dandenong was not for the faint hearted with several scary moments throughout the day, but thankfully we came home with the points with only two balls to spare.
We took a strong team to Greaves Reserve and started equally strongly in the field, thanks to tight bowling and early wickets by young guns Flip Leighton and Zoe Samuel. We were in a good position heading towards drinks when tragedy struck in the 17th over as Tess Keogh, cheeky banter queen of our team, made a diving stop at short cover and unfortunately dislocated her knee again, one year and one week since the same season-ending injury last year. Play was briefly halted for paramedics (who luckily came bearing a green whistle!) before we resumed and finished Dandenong's 40 overs at 8/136. Wickets were well spread around our ten bowlers, the highlight being Alice O'Brien's low hard catch at square leg off twelve-year-old debutant Limansa Thillakaratne's tricky spinners (yes, daughter of Dilshan).
Our run chase had a couple of hiccups in a slow start, with Yo Carvalho (24) settling in best at the crease but pressure building as we reached 4/50-odd approaching drinks. Our chase was saved by arguably a career-best innings from skipper Alex Cornelius (18) and Alice O'Brien (35), who abandoned the slow and steady approach in favour of a dominant hitting one, both piercing and lofting over the field to put the pressure back on Dandenong's bowlers. They took us to within 30 runs of victory before Alex handed over to Breese Jenkins, who genuinely made her career best 8* to help get us over the line with two balls remaining and three wickets in hand.
The handy extra five points have earned us a home semi-final as we finished second on the ladder - we will take on Dandenong again but on home turf at Beaumaris this time. Support is welcome for a 12noon start this Sunday! With our Premier 2 team also playing at Beaumaris on Sunday, we have the opportunity to create a great atmosphere. Thankfully the news from the hospital is that Tess' injury is not as severe as last time, but unfortunately, she will still miss our finals series again so we are sending her our best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Dandenong 8/136 (Z Samuel 2/15 P Jenkins 1/7) defeated by Melbourne 7/137 (A O'Brien 35 Y Carvalho 24) at Greaves Reserve #4.
ROUND 12 v NORTHCOTE
By Bruce Wilson
FOUR DECISIVE WINS GIVE DEMONS CLEAN SWEEP OVER THE DRAGONS
1ST XI - Batting first and losing their first wicket at 17, Northcote was never allowed to establish a partnership of any significance due to some fine bowling from Melbourne quicks Fergus O’Neill 3/29 (10), Wilson McGillivray 2/15 (5) and the leg spin of Kyle Williamson 3/22 (8.3). Kyle broke a 36-run 6th wicket partnership from which point the Dragons folded to be all out in the 44th over for 127. Whilst not a multiple wicket taker, Kieran Elliott bowled tightly with his 10 overs yielding 1/14.
Melbourne’s reply in the end was swift. At 3/71 Jack Prestwidge joined opener Campbell Kellaway - then on 37 - and took the Northcote bowling apart. In an unbeaten partnership of 57, Jack scored 49 with 42 coming from boundaries (3 x 4’s and 5 x 6’s) – a strike rate of 163%. Campbell’s sound innings – also with glimpses of aggression (3 x 4’s and a six) - went a long way to establishing himself as a permanent fixture in the 1stX1. Melbourne reached their target total of 128 in the 32nd over, securing a comfortable win with a bonus point.
2ND XI - As he so often has in the 2nd XI this season, Glenn Hannah (4/19 of 7) headed what was a great team bowling effort to have Northcote dismissed for 152 in 45 overs. Harkirat Bajwa 2/35 (10) and Marcus Jackman 2/15 (5) were the other multiple wicket takers. While going wicketless, Michael Cesarios and Kobe Herft had Northcote under pressure with their respective bowling skills. Jack Craig chimed in with a timely wicket off his two overs to quell any late order push for quick runs.
A magnificent 2nd wicket partnership of 106 by Charles Lill and Kobe Herft - the latter playing his first game in the 2nd XI - set Melbourne up to coast to victory in the 34th over at 3/153. Both batsmen worked really hard at establishing themselves before going on to post quality half centuries. Charles’ 66 featured 9 x 4’s and a six, while Kobe got us to within seven runs of victory for a well-made 57 (5 x 4’s and a six). It was a similar result to the 1st XI game – a comfortable win with a bonus point!
3RD XI - Aaron Boyle tore through Northcote’s top order to have the Dragons in trouble at 3/28 – a position from which they never recovered. Nine batsmen were out in single figures and a last wicket stand of 33 was the only partnership of any resistance until Will O’Brien brought the innings to an end – all out for 129 in the 37th over. Aaron was the leading wicket taker with 3/22 (9) with other multiple and regular wicket takers being Tom Cesaro 2/23 (9) and Joshua Ash 2/35 (9).
As with the 1st and 2nd XIs, Melbourne made light work of the run chase, losing just two wickets in Sam Brewin (27) and Henry Brown (32) on their way to 2/130 in the 28th over. Opener Harry De Mattia saw his side home with a fine unbeaten half century – 51. Yet again – a comfortable win – with a bonus point!
4TH XI - Having been sent in by Northcote, a 66 run 2nd wicket stand by Paddy Frawley and James Meehan laid the foundation for Melbourne to set a competitive score to defend. Paddy was out with the score on 90 for a dominant 58 (7 x 4’s and a six). James followed soon after for a supportive 17 with the score then on 100. Nick Pastras was also dominant whilst at the crease with 5 x 4’s in his 27. His dismissal had the Demons 4/129 in the 32nd over and it was left to Darcy Daly (back playing after a number of years) to stabilise the innings and ensure his team batted out their allotted 50 overs which he did successfully. Darcy went to the crease at 3/100 and was the 8th wicket to fall with the score on 195 in the 44th over for a mature and measured innings of 42. Melbourne’s compulsory closure score was 9/207.
PREMIER MALE UNDER 16
(photo credit: Linda Murray)
EMERGING DEMONS CONTINUE TO IMPRESS
Melbourne’s Male Premier Under 16 team completed their series undefeated following a strong win over Dandenong at the Albert Ground on Sunday.
Harry Demattia provided the backbone of the Demons’ innings, producing an assured 75 off 77 balls (4 x 4’s, 3 x 6’s) in an entertaining display.
He combined with Xander Buxton (33 off 25 balls, 7 x 4s) to produce an opening stand of 62.
Harry’s union with Kobyn James (24) was also in excess of 50, with other contributions coming from Tom Reid (36), Henry Pearson (24) and Josh Finkelstein (19). While bowled out, the Dees’ total of 273 looked an imposing total and certainly gave the attack more than just ‘something to bowl at’.
Pearson (3/32 off 10) and Jeremy Murray (3/29 off 7) were the major wicket-takers as the home side restricted the Panthers to 8/197. Spinner Harkirat Bajwa (1/21 off 10) bowled 3 maidens to continue his consistent run of form.
All team scores can be found here: https://mycricket.cricket.com.au/common/pages/public/rv/clubresults.aspx?entityid=212&id=CLR