MCC MATCH SUMMARY
Women’s Premier (Round 13)
Men’s Premier (Round 13)
ROUND 13 v RINGWOOD
By Bruce Wilson
TWO CENTURIES - KOBE HERFT 141 (2nd XI) & RORY FREEMAN 106 (4th XI) HEADLINE A ROUND THAT DELIVERED THREE WINS. A 10th WICKET, 32-RUN PARTNERSHIP GETS RINGWOOD HOME IN 3rd XI GAME.
1ST XI - A century opening stand by Sam Harper and Campbell Kellaway laid the foundation for Melbourne to set a challenging target for Ringwood to chase. Campbell was first to go with a measured 40 with the score on 115. He gave good support to Sam - who was then joined by his brother, Jack - and the pair put on 51 before Sam was out for 92 (5 x 4’s and 3 x 6’s). It was an outstanding innings, setting the tone early and building at close to a run-a-ball when dismissed. For the Harper brothers, it was a very satisfying half-century partnership! Jack was out for 34 and Meyrick Buchanan continued the top order momentum, being busy at the crease before he was out for an energetic 51 (7 x 4’s and a six). On Meyrick’s dismissal, the score was 5/230 and the loss of a further two wickets at 243 halted the momentum. At this stage Fergus O’Neill - who had been working hard to establish himself at the crease - took the initiative and with some innovative batting, blasted 40 runs off 18 balls (3 x 4’s and 2 x 6’s), taking the Demons’ compulsory closure score to 9/278.
Jack Prestwidge’s 4/22 (8) express bowling ripped through Ringwood’s top order to have the Rams 4/15. Kieran Elliott 4/20 (7) then destroyed the middle order, taking the next four wickets and Kyle Williamson 2/43 (9.5) continued his consistent wicket taking season to wrap up the innings with the final two wickets – Ringwood all out for 130 in 40.5 overs. A dominant performance with both bat and ball by the Demons and a win with a bonus point. This win sees the return of the Fairbairn-Lloyd Trophy to Melbourne – a cup struck in honour of Bob Lloyd and the late Clive Fairbairn, both of whom made significant contributions to each club. Cricket Sub-Committeeman and former MCC 1st XI player David Crowe presented the silverware to Melbourne Captain Cameron White at the conclusion of the game.
2ND XI - Kobe Herft was the story of this game, scoring 141 (14 x 4’s) off 149 balls in Melbourne innings of 6/258 (cc). He arrived at the crease with the Demons at 1/6 and was the sixth wicket to fall with the score at 255. Just a magnificent innings! Kobe did have support throughout his innings from Jack Craig 42 (4 x 4’s and 2 x 6’s) and the ever-reliable skipper Peter Petricola 33 (2 x 4’s and a six).
In reply, Ringwood made a good fist of the run chase and at 1/159, they were very much in the game. Skipper Pepsi, sensing the approaching end to daylight saving, wound back the clock to effect an athletic run out and helped turn the tide in his team’s favour. Although having wickets in hand, Ringwood were behind in the required run rate and two wickets to Will Ryan brought new players to the crease and the task of the home side grew with each over. The Rams finished at 5/241 at the end of their allocated 50 overs – a 17-run win to Melbourne. Will Ryan 2/42 (7) and Michael Cesarios 1/36 (10) were the only individual wicket-takers. Nevertheless, as Pepsi said, “it was a good win” and the team is back in the eight!
3RD XI - On being sent in to bat, at 3/14 Melbourne needed a partnership. Alex Cesarios joined surviving opener Charlie Holmes and the pair put on 38 to ‘steady the ship’. Charlie went out with the score on 52 for a valuable 28. A further 32 was added by Alex and Sam Brewin when Alex was run out for 34, the score then 5/97. Sam, having a very consistent season, produced another half century with exactly that – 50. With the exception of Joshua Ash - run out for 15 off 17 balls - the lower order contributed little and the Demons were all out for 159 in the final over. Three run outs and some decision-making errors proved costly!
Melbourne’s bowlers took up the challenge to have the Rams 9/128, however they could not deliver the final blow and Ringwood’s last pair put on an unbeaten 32 to get their team over the line in the 44th over. For the Demons, Will O’Brien returned the best figures 3/16 (9).
Aaron Boyle continued his good form with the ball, also with three wickets – 3/28 (9) and Joshua Ash the other multiple wicket taker 2/34 (7).
4TH XI - A magnificent century by Rory Freeman enabled Melbourne to post a competitive score – 9/199. Opening the batting, Rory was the ninth wicket to fall on the last ball of the innings - run out for 106! (9 x 4’s and 2 x 6’s). He was supported during his innings by Nick Pastras (33) and Darcy Daly (26), who were both part of 60-plus run partnerships with Rory.
With the fall of regular wickets, Ringwood never threatened. Of Melbourne’s seven wicket takers, Trent Thompson was the only multiple one, returning the excellent figures of 3/20 (7). Ringwood was all out in the 40th over for 137. A decisive win to the Demons giving them a bonus point. An interest stat in this match – Ringwood used 10 bowlers and Melbourne nine!
By Marcella Torre
WOMEN’S PREMIER 1
Round 13 of the Women's Premier 1 saw us playing Box Hill, at Box Hill City Oval. After winning the toss and batting, a 71-run opening stand set us a strong base. After Rhiann O'Donnell (48) and Teagan Parker (44) departed, Steph Townsend in the middle order compiled a brilliant 66* to see the innings finish at 8/217 off our 50 overs.
With a win locking in top spot and a home semi-final, the bowling group took it upon themselves to get the job done! Early wickets had Box Hill at 3/46, before we put our foot down and took the next 7 wickets for just 18 runs, bowling them out for 64 in the 26th over. Erika Quinn took 3/0 (1.2), Ella Hayward 3/18 (7), and Rhiann O'Donnell 3/21 (8) to be the main destroyers. We've now secured top spot with one home and away round to go, and the Women's Club Championship has also been secured for the Dees!
Melbourne 8/217 (S Townsend 66*, R O’Donnell 48, T Parker 44) defeated Box Hill 10/64 (E Quinn 3/0, E Hayward 3/18, R O’Donnell 3/21) at Box Hill City Oval.
WOMEN’S PREMIER 2
Our Women’s Seconds final home game of the year was played at Beaumaris' North Oval against Box Hill. After winning only our third toss for the season we elected to bat and set Box Hill an incredible total of 5/261 off our 45 overs. Runs came for all our top 5 batters with Hasrat Gill (77) hitting another half-century. Also shining with the ball, Hasrat (4/30) took the first 4 wickets of the game, followed by Lucy Page (3/10) restricting the Mustangs to 9/171 off their 45 overs.
Melbourne 5/261 (H Gill 77, R Moffitt 47, J Watson 37*) defeated Box Hill 9/171 (H Gill 4/30, L Page 3/10) at Beaumaris Secondary, North Oval.
WOMEN’S PREMIER 3
By Chelsea Wemyss
Participating in the first-ever Women’s Premier 3’s semi-final, our women had a red hot crack at Dandenong on Sunday but unfortunately do not progress to the big dance next week. Batting first, the highlight was Parry Jenkin's as-good-as-a-half-century, working with three partners who contributed nice double figures of their own as we got to 5/124. Alice O'Brien had a second good batting performance in a row, and we finished at a very competitive 8/149 off our 40 overs. Our defence was boosted by young gun Zoe Samuel's back-to-back wickets in the 13th over, plus some top quality run-protecting fielding from Jade Johnson at point. However, Dandenong's own two half-century makers proved too good on the day and they passed us in the 35th over.
Thank you to our coaches, Graeme Lay and Will O'Brien, as well as Teagan Parker, Brea Sutton and Karen Rolton for their input to the development of our young team throughout the year. Thanks also to scorer Geoff Wemyss and of course Marcella Torre for her support once again. To the 23 players who took the field for our team this year: congratulations on this awesome achievement - it has been so pleasing to see improvement in every player even across our shortened nine round season, but most importantly, it has been fantastic to see this great bunch of gals having fun on and off the field together. Thank you and congratulations to first year captain Alex Cornelius on her big step up to the leadership role this season. From a little 14-year-old establishment player to now leading the Thirds, we are so proud of the cricketer, leader and person you've become and can't wait to see what we can achieve together next year. We are looking forward to another strong run at the trophy in the 2021/22 season - lots of exciting things to come for this group!
Melbourne 8/149 (P Jenkins 46, A O'Brien 23) defeated by Dandenong 5/150 (Z Samuel 2/13 off 5, A Cornelius 0/18 off 7, C Wemyss 1/33 off 8) at Beaumaris South Oval.