By Marcella Torre
INCLEMENT WEATHER NOT ENOUGH TO STOP THE DEES TAKING HOME THE FLAG!
On Sunday our Women’s Premier Seconds played in their Grand Final against Ringwood at Beaumaris Secondary College - North Oval, which had been a fortress for the team all season. The move to shift the game to Beaumaris and away from the Albert proved to be an inspired choice, with the Bayside weather holding off just enough throughout the day to allow the game to proceed (on the contrary, not a ball was bowled in the Women’s Premier Firsts final at St Kilda). With rain falling gently and a constant threat on the radar, Ringwood won the toss and elected to bat first. After a slight rain delay, the overs were reduced from 45 to 39. Jordan Watson came out firing with the ball to take two consecutive wickets in her third over to have the Rams 2/5. After some worrying moments through the middle stages - where crucial wickets were taken but quickly taken away due to the umpire giving the dreaded ‘no ball’ signal - the team was able to steady the ship through the bowling of Hasrat Gill (3/23) and Ella Stallwood (2/19). Eventually, we bowled Ringwood out for 116 in the 37th over after captain Bree Sutton claimed the crucial final scalp.
After some DLS calculations, our target to chase was 115 off 39 overs. In her final hurrah, Bridie Chesterfield (22) started the run chase strongly, however a few quick wickets to Ringwood saw us at 3/46 and needing to wrestle back the momentum. Eventual Player of the Match Hasrat Gill (24*) and Jordan Watson (11*) batted beautifully, taking us to 3/84 and ensuring we were ahead of the 25 over DLS target score. However, with 23.3 overs bowled in the second innings, once again we were called off for rain, with a lengthy delay following and plenty of praying to the weather gods occurring. After a very confusing hour off the field, and some in-depth discussions between captains, umpires and officials, the weather cleared just enough to allow the covers to be taken off. This enabled us to step back out on the field, fulfil the requirements to constitute a match and therefore be declared winners of the Women’s Premier Seconds competition!
A big thank you to all who came down to support our girls in the grand final and throughout the season! An additional special thanks to our incredible ground staff Scott West, Josh Henry and Nick Lindley, who worked tirelessly to get the ground prepared and throughout the day to ensure play was possible.
Melbourne 3/84 (H Gill 24* B Chesterfield 22) defeated Ringwood 10/116 (H Gill 3/23 J Watson 2/19 E Stallwood 2/19) at Beaumaris Secondary College - North Oval.
The Grand Final was a fitting time for a Melbourne stalwart in Bridie Chesterfield to announce her retirement from Premier cricket. Bridie has been with the club since day one and has been an integral member of the club, both on and off the field. We wish Bridie all the best for the future. Although she’ll no longer be pulling on the famous Demon’s kit, she has assured us she will be down supporting the club whenever possible and we look forward to still seeing Bridie around the club in the future.
By Bruce Wilson
A REPEAT HEADLINE – FOUR WINS - ALL WITH A BONUS POINT!
MAGNIFICENT BATTING PARTNERSHIPS THE KEY IN THREE VICTORIES
1st XI – 122: Jack Harper & Cameron White
2nd XI – 138: Kobe Herft & Peter Petricola
3rd XI – 92: Alex Cesarios & Sam Brewin
Jack Harper and Cameron White came together with Melbourne’s score at 2/50 after the early dismissals of Blake Thomson and Campbell Kellaway. The pair proved to be the difference in the match, finishing on 71 apiece with an eerily similar strike rate -Jack’s runs coming off 87 balls and Cameron’s from 86 deliveries. Jack’s innings included eight classy 4’s and he provided measured support to his skipper throughout, whilst Cameron showed great initiative in attacking the Magpies off-spinner Bhargave, smashing five 6’s and a boundary in his 71. Jack and Cameron were out within seven runs of each other and at 5/179, there was some work to do for the middle and lower order. A quick-fire partnership of 34 between Fergus O’Neill (23) and Jackson Koop (10) saw the Demons through to 9/222 at the compulsory closure.
In reply, Camberwell was all out for 124! Fergus O’Neill continued his brilliant season by claiming 4/16 off 8.1 overs, claiming the first wicket off the innings before tearing through the lower order at the end. Jack Prestwidge (1/24 off 8) claimed the other early wicket to have the opposition 2/15, from which they never recovered. Kyle Williamson continued his dominance with his leg spinners taking 3/26 (9) – the three being in the first five wickets to fall!
Batting first, Melbourne was 3/34 after 15 overs and struggling to get on top of some very good Camberwell Magpies bowling. Captain Peter Petricola joined Kobe Herft at the crease and together they worked hard early to establish themselves and stop the momentum that Camberwell had gained early. After getting through the initial tough period, both were able to cash in on some loose balls and score at ease, lifting the run rate to put on 138 for the 4th wicket. Peter was the first to go for a great 63 off 66 balls (5 x 4s & a six), with Kobe following soon after for a brilliant 91 (9 x 4s and 2 x 6s). With the score at that point 5/178, Marcus Jackman (18 off 13) and Will Thompson (31 not out off 20) continued the momentum and ensured a competitive total was reached, with the score 9/233 at the completion of the allocated 50 overs.
From the moment Glenn Hannah 1/20 (7) clean bowled a Camberwell Magpie opener for no score, a committed team bowling performance ensured the visitors were under pressure throughout, which resulted in them failing to bat out their overs; all out for 150 in the 43rd over. All other bowlers returned impressive figures - Michael Cesarios 2/29 (10), Marcus Jackman 2/23 (8.5), Tom Cesaro 2/18 (6) and Jack Craig 1/22 (6) displaying the good all round team effort. Jack Craig also fielded brilliantly with his wicket being a magnificent caught and bowled, whilst he also effected a run out with a direct hit.
Batting first, Melbourne lost three wickets - all with the score on 34 - and then at 5/52 looked in real trouble. It was at this point the eventual two top scorers of the match, Sam Brewin and Alex Cesarios, joined forces at the crease and went about restoring the innings. They certainly went about this in the right way, successfully putting on 92 for the 6th wicket. Alex took the game on, hitting two 4s and four 6s in his 68, whilst Sam’s 42 was made up of 24 in boundaries – all 4s. The Demons compulsory closure total was 9/183.
Again, as with the other XI’,s it was a team bowling performance that saw Camberwell Magpies wickets fall at regular intervals to be all out for 127 in the 37th over. Will O’Brien was the leading wicket taker with 3/18 (5.5), with great support being provided by Joshua Ash 2/30 (9), Campbell Griffiths 2/28 (7), Aaron Boyle 2/22 (7) and Alex Cesarios 1/12 (6).
A consistent batting performance saw Melbourne reach a total of 207 when the last wicket fell in the 45th over. Opener Paddy Frawley continued his fine season, top scoring with 65 off 92 balls (9 x 4s) with support from Nick Pastras (27) and Darcy Daly (32). Phil Halbish ensured the score pushed beyond 200 with a valuable 25 of 21 balls at the end (1 x 4 and 2 6s).
Camberwell Magpies did bat out their allocated 45 overs, however, at the close were 8/160 - well short of the Melbourne total thanks to a disciplined bowling performance. Hugh Hyslop 3/27 (8) and Stewart McCooke 3/29 (8) were the chief destroyers, with Hugh knocking over two of the top order and Stewart taking three consecutive Camberwell Magpies middle order wickets, including two that sent the bails flying.