By Marcella Torre
2nd XI CHARGE INTO THE GRAND FINAL!
Our Women’s 2nd XI are through to the big dance after overcoming Dandenong with a strong performance in the semi-final at Beaumaris North Oval, The visitors won the toss and elected to bat. After a slow start due to early wickets from Clem Ryan-Fuller (1/21) and Kampi Nainhabo (2/32), the Panthers built a couple of partnerships before Jordan Watson (2/19) and Lucy Page (1/20) broke the game open with some key wickets, We limited Dandenong to 7/151 from their 45 overs.
With another outstanding second-wicket partnership of 138 by Hasrat Gill (79*) and Charli Killeen (55), Melbourne was able to pass Dandenong’s total with ease, only losing the two wickets on the way to reaching the target in the 27th over. It was Hasrat’s third half-century in the past four matches (and her fifth overall for the season). Charli’s knock followed her unbeaten 84 last week and the pair is a great example of the blend of youth and experience in the line-up.
We now take on Ringwood next Sunday in the Grand Final at Beaumaris Secondary College (North Oval) from 10.30am.
Dandenong 7/151 (J Watson 2/19 K Nainhabo 2/32) defeated by Melbourne 2/152 (H Gill 79*, C Killeen 55) at Beaumaris Secondary College, North Oval.
Semi-final day for the Women's Premier 1st XI was an overcast morning after a lot of rain fell the day before. Playing against finals rivals Box Hill at the beautiful Albert, we lost the toss and were sent in to bat. After a dominant display with both bat and ball all season, opener Rhiann O'Donnell was dismissed for a first ball duck in the second over. Amy Vine followed soon after and with the score at 2/12, the Mustangs were well on top early. Teagan Parker dug in for 30 runs off 80 balls in attempting to steady the ship and get a defendable total on the board before she was run out, while Elly Donald also provided some resistance in the middle order with a brisk 33 off 44 balls. Renee Moffitt hit 7 boundaries in her 41 (50), however, hers was the last wicket to fall with the score at 165 in the 46th over.
Anna O'Donnell provided an early blow to have the Mustangs 1/4 in the second over of their innings, however an 84-run partnership took away that early momentum and put them in the box seat. Our bowlers toiled hard and we gave everything in the field but unfortunately Box Hill proved too good on the day, chasing down our target in the 46th over. Rhi O’Donnell finished with 2 scalps whilst Erika Quinn took the only other wicket for the Dees. Lots of positives to take out of our season and we've got a lot to build on going in to 2021/22!
Melbourne 10/165 (R Moffitt 41, E Donald 33, T Parker 30) defeated by Box Hill 4/166 (R O’Donnell 2/35) at The Albert.
By Bruce Wilson
MEN’S PREMIER ROUND 15 v MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY
PREDICTED RAIN BRINGS A HALT TO ALL GAMES WITH FOUR ‘DRAWS’ AND 2 PTS THE RESULT
With the 1st and 2nd XIs winning the toss and putting the opposition in, both had the upper hand in their games, with the weather intervention potentially denying them of a win. On the contrary, the 3rd and 4th XIs - who were both batting first - struggled to get on top of the bowling and were heading towards modest totals when rain stopped play.
In this round, the 1st XI was playing for the Michael Sholly Cup. Our current Chairman of Selectors played, captained and coached at each club, winning multiple Premier Cricket Premierships. At just 20 years of age, ‘Sholl’ scored 150 at the Albert for Melbourne in the 1981/82 final against South Melbourne (now Casey-SM). Michael retired from the game with a magnificent record as both a captain and coach. Unfortunately Saturdays ‘no winner’ result sees Melbourne University retain the trophy as the current holders. You can read more about Sholl’s finals reflections in this Q & A with Nick Quinn from several years ago.
Melbourne University 7/154 (44 Overs) – Kyle Williamson 3/24(10), Jack Prestwidge 2/31(8), Jackson Koop 1/24(8), Cameron White 1/12(3). Three dismissals to Sam Harper. 2 catches, 1 stumping.
Melbourne University – all out 139 (46.3 overs) – Harkirat Bajwa 3/27(9), Wilson McGillivray 2/23(8.3), Jack Craig 2/25(8), Michael Cesarios 1/21(10). Three dismissals to Jack Harper – all catches.
Melbourne 6/88 (36 Overs) – Charlie Holmes 22. Sam Brewin and Joshua Ash had put on an unbeaten 21 run partnership for the 7th wicket when rain stopped play.
Melbourne 7/143 (41 Overs) – James Meehan 23, Hugh Hyslop 28, Josh Benson 17 n.o.