By Bruce Wilson
MEN’S PREMIER ROUND 14 v GREENVALE KANGAROOS
CLEAN SWEEP BY DEMONS. FOUR WINS – ALL WITH BONUS POINTS!
Fergus O’Neill 3/16 (10) & Jack Prestwidge 4/18(8) ripped through the Greenvale Kangaroos line up to have the home side 7/14 in the 12th over! A last wicket stand of 46 did kick the score up to 81 before Kyle Williamson 1/6 (3.1) took the final wicket in the 29th over, bowling the Kangaroos top scorer Dixon for a determined and face-saving half century (56) – the only batsman to reach double figures.
Sam Harper and Captain Blake Thomson made short work of getting to the target score, both unbeaten at the end, Sam on 42 (6 x 4s) and Blake 39 (7 x 4s & a six). Final score 0/84 in 16.5 overs.
Batting first, Melbourne looked set for a big score with two young guns in Kobe Herft and Xander Buxton at the crease and looking good until Kobe on 20 was out with the score on 64. Xander continued on to make a classy half-century (52) at better than a run-a-ball! The Demons were losing wickets at regular intervals to be 6/119 when Michael Cesarios joined Peter Petricola and the pair went about restoring the innings and setting it on the path to a competitive total which they did successfully. Initially low risk and methodical in seeing off the spinners, Pepsi was forced to sacrifice strike rate for surety before pulling the trigger at the 45-over mark and going aerial to take the score at the close to 6/237. It was a magnificent, unbeaten 118-run partnership with Michael supporting his skipper on 44 (3 x 4’s) and Pepsi producing another great Captain’s knock to finish on 76 (4 x 4s and 2 x 6s). The pair showed great composure and ability to move through the batting gears.
With Glenn Hannah and Michael Cesarios taking early wickets, the Kangaroos were in trouble at 3/14. They struggled to 52 when Harkirat Bajwa broke through, from which point they lost 6/59 to be all out for 111 in the 38th over. Michael Cesarios, following on from his contribution with the bat, capped off a great day to be the best of the bowlers with magnificent figures of 4/12 (10).
Melbourne’s tight bowling restricted the Greenvale Kangaroos run rate to 2.57 and in doing so took wickets at regular intervals to have the home side 7/116 at the compulsory closure - 45 overs. The best of the bowlers were Will O’Brien 3/17 (8) and Aaron Boyle 2/13 (9).
The Demons also struggled with the bat to be 7/77 and in serious trouble when Joshua Ash joined Alex Pellin (then on 5) at the crease. The pair got Melbourne home with a gutsy, unbeaten 40-run partnership – Josh 9 and Alex top scoring with 33 (5 x 4s) off 39 balls. Interestingly, both these players earlier figured in five Greenvale Kangaroos dismissals, taking catches – Josh (2), Alex (3). Josh also took a wicket – caught behind by Alex.
A 121-run opening partnership by Paddy Frawley (58) and Rory Freeman (88) set the Demons up for a big score. Paddy is having a consistent season at the top of the order and Rory continued on from his century last week. Both scored six boundaries – all 4s. Nick Pastras also contributed with a fine 48 and his partnership of 73 with Rory ended with the score on 214. Rory was out two runs later. Josh Benson and Darcy Daly then took the score through to 263 at the end of the allocated 45 overs, both remaining unbeaten – Josh on 18 and Darcy 28.
Greenvale Kangaroos offered little resistance with the bat and were all out for 115 in the 34th over. It was a consistent team bowling performance by the Demons, with quicks Max Tucker 2/20 (7), Hugh Hyslop 2/15 (5) and Cam Sturrock (also 2/15 (5) enjoying a true wicket with decent carry and early bounce. Targeting the stumps paid dividends after drinks and Paddy Frawley parachuted in to take 3/19 (6).
By Marcella Torre
Round 14 of the Women's Premier 1's (and the last round of our home and away season) was played at the glorious Albert against Plenty Valley. PV won the toss and chose to bat, before 2 early wickets from Anna O'Donnell (3/25 off 5.4) had the visitors 2/14. Regular wickets fell throughout, with a couple of steadying partnerships along the way. Elly Donald's return to the bowling crease after injury was a highlight, taking 2/19 (7), while Ella Hayward's offies proved damaging as she also claimed 2 wickets (2/26 off 8). Another brilliant bowling display across the board had Plenty Valley bowled out for 170 in the 46th over. Our opening batting partnership proved too stubborn for the PV bowling attack, with Rhiann O'Donnell (91* of 81 balls) and Teagan Parker (64* off 86 balls) getting the job done without the loss of a wicket, in the 28th over. A massive 10 wicket win to end the home & away season, with a home semi-final against Box Hill awaiting us next week.
Plenty Valley 10/170 (A O'Donnell 3/25, E Donald 2/19, E Hayward 2/26) defeated by Melbourne 0/172 (R O’Donnell 91*, T Parker 64*) at The Albert.
Our Women’s Second’s finished their home and away season with a convincing win over Plenty Valley out at Yarrambat War Memorial. After selecting to bat first Plenty Valley made a total of 8/154 off their 45 overs with Jordan Watson taking 4/21 off 7 overs and Hasrat Gill 2/26 off 7 overs. Our opening pair Renee Moffitt (19) and Bridie Chesterfield (14) got us off to a flying start, before Annecy Homberg (59*) came out and took the game away from the Bats. Our Seconds have now finished on top of the ladder and will host a home Semi-Final next Sunday at Beaumaris Secondary College.
Plenty Valley 8/154 (J Watson 4/21 H Gill 2/26) defeated by Melbourne 4/156 (A Homberg 59* R Moffitt 19) at Yarrambat War Memorial.