Match Reports – Round 5

A 30mm fall of rain over Bulleen over the weekend ensured a draw in all three Marcellin XI’s as the ECA called off both turf and synthetic at 10am Saturday morning.  The 1st and 3rd XI’s keep their unbeaten record whilst the 2nd XI are only a game of the four. 

20-20 cricket kicks off at Marcellin Tuesday 24th November with a first round game against top Synthetic side Deepdene Utg.  The game kicks off at 5.30pm.

Match Reports Round 5

1st XI: Marcellin vs Hawthorn 191

We turned up at Hawthorn to be greeted by a rough outfield and a pitch with a little give in it from the rain the morning before.  Both Captains agreed to delay the start by 30 minutes.  Hawthorn won the toss and batted.  It turned out to be a good choice with the pitch playing quite well with the exception of a few jagging balls.  All bowlers bowled a good line and length without really troubling the batsman Hawthorn batted as well as any side we have played this season.  Our bowlers kept the run rate down to 2 an over and we had them 2 for 80 odd after 38 overs.   We progressively picked up wickets as the tempo increased towards the end of the day and bowled out Hawthorn for 191 in the last over.  We will need to bat well to get the 191 however with a strong batting line up we approach next Saturday full of confidence.

Performances: Joel took 2/20, Blackie 2/40, Sticks bowled well for his 4/48, Dan Day bowled very tight again 0/17, Beaser 1/27, Dinish 0/0 and Chubba 1/24.

2nd XI: Marcellin 158 vs Burwood 2/28

The MOCCC 2nd XI lads rocked up at MOCCC Park with a spring in their step, which was accentuated when captain Sakowski won the toss and elected to bat.  MOCCC was featuring perhaps its most talented line-up for the season.  However what looked to be a silk purse turned into a sows ear, with an ordinary performance with the bat to be all out for 158.  Not a total disaster, but with the talent we had, it was not good enough.


The deck was good, with a bit of extra bounce in it relative to usual.  The innings started well with a good opening stand of 40 between Jon Bortolotto and Ron Murray.  Murray struggled for most of his innings, but at least valued his wicket, which is more than can be said for most in the team.  He was bowled in over 18 for 8.  Bortolotto followed shortly after, run out somewhat unluckily for 27, after backing up too far, score 2/43.  Rob De Maria and Damian Howsam started what looked to be a promising third wicket partnership before De Maria was caught behind for 7, score 3/65.  Howsam was punishing on anything loose in his usual manner, but chased one too many and was caught behind for 26, score 4/93.   In a performance disappointing for one with his experience, Paul Dinneen spooned one into covers in the last over before tea for 2, score 5/103.  Meanwhile Tim Montagna was showing the spine his team-mates craved for, being 17 NO at tea.


After tea, Peter French and Montagna showed some pluck for about 10 overs, before French missed a straight one, bowled for 11, score 6/130.  Montagna went 7 overs later, fooled by a crap full toss, and was caught and bowled for a well compiled 43, score 7/145. Captain Sakowski continued with the jelly-fish theme of the day, bowled by the ubiquitous straight one for a blob, score 8/153.  Andy Keogh thought that he too would keep with the theme, and chased one, caught behind for 7, score 9/153.  Sandeep Jakhar did the same, caught behind going for the big shot for 2, all out for 158.  Patrick Sexton was left 1 NO.


Some would say amazingly, but the Burwood bowlers, feeling sorry for the MOCCC lads, contributed 24 sundries to challenge for second top score of the innings.  They tried valiantly, but were just pipped!!   That the MOCCC lads could only manage 134 off the bat, dismissed in 56 overs, on a good MOCCC strip probably says a bit about where we are at.  We then took the ball for 15 overs, and thanks to a good opening spell by Howsam and French, put enough pressure on the Burwood bats to have them 2/28 at stumps.  Both wickets were taken by French, in a very good display of swing bowling.  Both wickets were claimed LBW.  Patrick Sexton also put in a couple of good overs at the end of the day, narrowly missing taking a wicket or two.  This good performance with the ball at the end of the day has the MOCCC lads in with some sort of a chance if they continue to bowl well.  With their attack, they are capable.


Bowling figures – Howsam 5-1-0-11, French 6-1-2-11, Sexton 3-1-0-5, Sakowski 1-1-0-0.

3rd XI: Marcellin 9/294 defeated East Doncaster 109

After winning the toss & electing to bat first, the Marcellin boys felt chock full of confidence despite us fielding 7 teenagers in the team for the clash against East Doncaster.  James Vear & Phil Spinella opened the batting & got off to a great start by putting on 134 for the first wicket before Veary was out for a well made 37. Phil “got smart” & went out with 99. Mick Lowry smashed his way to 26 in a great little cameo whilst youngster Callan Stewart played the innings of his career to belt out 86 in what could only be described as the bating performance of the summer so far.


Veary along with Tommy Gargano opened the bowling & whilst not being able to break the opening partnership, ensured that runs were at a premium for the 2 openers. First change bowlers Timmy Rush & Crimmo each picked up early wickets & continued to restrict the scoring rate. Tommy Gargano was reintroduced with immediate impact cleaning up the middle order by picking up 3 quick wickets to effectively kill off the match. Despite some rearguard batting by the East Doony tail, all 8 available wickets were taken with the catching in the field once again being first rate.


Junior Match Reports – Under 12 – Round 3

U12 B



The Marcellin innings got underway in cautious style with openers Sean Phillips Williams & Nick Welsh seeing off the NB opening bowlers. Lucas Spinella & Rosie Dillon attempted to push the scoring along until Lucas was bowled by an off break for 11. This brought Marcus Alessi to the crease for his first hit of the summer & he didn’t disappoint the mass’s. Together with Rosie Dillon (21no) Marcus brought up his highest first class score remaining on (31no). Lucas Stambos was again handy with the bat until he received a good one, but Marcellin looked to have the run chase in hand at 3/115. With some tight opposition bowling the North Balwyn boys update the required run rate which saw us lose some middle order wickets very cheaply making the job tough for the lower order batsman. We unfortunately fell just short of the target with Rosie needing to leave early for a prior engagement. With some extra hard work I’m sure we have a team that will be very competitive in the B grade comp this season.


Marcellin 9/138 lost to North Balwyn 7/154.


Man of The Match:    MARCUS ALESSI 31 no

U12 C




A keen Marcellin outfit prepared for the return battle against North Balwyn whom we defeated in the first match of the season. Captain Zac Elsbury bravely sent the opposition in & handed the ball to Alec “Junior Cubba” Morris who had immediate success on the

Second ball of the match after Matthew Difazio held on to a firmly struck shot. The scoring rate off the bat was extremely slow however our bowlers’ discipline had seemingly deserted them from the previous weeks’ good performance. Connor Firth took the scalp of the Bulls number 6 batsman for his first wicket of the season. An additional 4 wickets were missed from no balls as the illegal delivery tally soared to a record high 54.

Put simply, 54 runs were added to the North Balwyn team total which only returned 26 runs off the batsman. The one shinning light in an otherwise disappointing bowling performance was from youngster Alexander Hodder who bowled 3 overs 1/4 in a great individual performance.


Our batting didn’t fare any better losing the wickets of Difazio (4), Morris (1) & Jose Ablaza with the score on 11. First gamer Sammy Samitt (8) got the scoreboard moving as he was joined in the middle by inform batsman Micheal Tsalikis (6 no). Connor Firth (2) made his first runs of the season as Sean Hibberd (2no) showed that he could develop into a handy all round cricketer with some additional net practice. Julian Spinella (5no) together with Zac “killer” Elsbury (6no) gave the home team a scare at the end as the game tightened up thanks to some great running between wickets from the pair.



Marcellin 7/74 CC lost to North Balwyn 3/84 CC


Man of the Match:

Alexander Hodder – 3 overs 1 wicket for 4 runs





Senior Match Report – Round 1 Reserve Day

First XI: Marcellin 4/142 defeated Mulgrave 120

The Sunday round 1reserve day against Mulgrave was played up on the Number One oval at Marcellin and drew a large family crowd.  The eagles won the toss and had a bat on a fast paced deck and very slow thick outfield. 

Deano and Joel got us off to the best start for the year making a partnership of 76 at 3 an over.  The boys ran exceptionally well between wickets and scored off the loose ball.  The Mulgrave team set an early defensive field which made scoring even harder then the long grass.  Blackie replaced Joel and was out stumped trying to push the scoring rate along with plenty of wickets in hand. Chubba and Deano put on 30 until Chubba was out caught for 18 and then MIck Dinneen fired Deano trying to turn a one into a two.  Beaser and Mick pushed to the end of 40 overs with the final score being 4/142 with Deano top scoring with 46, Joel 42, Mick 21no, Chubba 18.

Deano and Joel played a fantastic hand with good supporting roles from a few others.

We were confident that 142 would be enough on a slow outfield if we bowled like we had for the previous three games.  Dan Day bowled a very tight opening spell with Sticks trying hard at the other end after a large night at his 30th Birthday.  Sticks was bowling with good pace but couldn’t control his line so Joel was introduced into the attack earlier then normal.  Dan Day struck at his end with another setup in close catch followed by Joel knocking over the next two batsmen at his end.  Chubba bowled a couple of tight overs from the scoreboard end and then introduced Beaser at the same end which had an immediate impact with a near run out and near catch.  Blackie replaced Joel and bowled in Tandum with Beaser.  The Marcellin boys bowled tight however Mulgrave were still on target needing 5 an over.  Wickets continued to fall as the Mulgrave team tried to pickup the pace. Both Beaser and Blackie picked up 3 wickets each.  In the end, our bowling was strong enough to support a good score with the bat and the Marcellin boys keep their unbeaten record after 4 rounds.


Second XI: East Doncaster 9/73 defeated Marcellin 67

On Sunday 9 November, the MOCCC lads rocked up for their away game re-scheduled from Round 1 against East Doncaster …… at home after the East Donnie lads couldn’t raise a home deck.  The match was a 40 over a side one dayer.

The lads were greeted with a typical Marcellin flat track which was likely to keep low at various stages during the day.  When captain Sakowski won the toss and batted, he could not imagine the way the game was to turn out.  In another thriller after the previous round against Richmond City finalized the day before, the MOCCC lads again went down by just one wicket.  MOCCC made 67 in 29.5 overs.  In reply, East Doncaster made 9/73 off 34 overs when the match was called off.

Steve Kost and Ron Murray started well, however the partnership was broken when Kost shuffled across on the crease and was hit in front by a ball that kept a bit low.  Murray followed shortly after, score 2/14.  Young bucks Rob De Maria and Damian Howsam both looked in control, and took the score to 43 when both players went, Howsam caught in the covers for 22 and De Maria bowled for 6.   Wickets then fell with regularity, with East Doncaster bowling a disciplined line and length aided by poor execution by MOCCC.  Result – all out for 67.


Captain Sakowski asked for a fighting effort in reply in the field, and got it in spades, where the boys almost pulled off an improbably victory.   Opening bowlers Damian Howsam and Peter French had the East Doncaster boys in all sorts of trouble with 3 wickets each in the first 7 overs, score 6/16.  Both bowled excellent spells, with Howsam particularly aggressive and fired up.   East Doncaster then consolidated with a good seventh wicket partnership of 31 between captain Jordan and Cauchi.  Captain Sakowski threw his bowlers around trying to get a break-through.  Eventually Sakowski took the number 7 Cauchi, score 7/47 in over 21.  Howsam struck again in overs 28 and 30 to have East Doncaster 9/62.  Captain Sakowski was controlling proceedings at the northern end, and had the East Doncaster team in two minds, however finished his 10 over spell in over 31 with the figures of 1/4.    Captain Jordan was still in, and with Sakowski out of the attack, appeared more comfortable, and finished the job in the next couple of overs, finishing 32 not out in a match winning knock.


In summary, great effort in the field and with the ball, but the batting was woeful.


MOCCC 10/67 – Kost 8, Murray 4, De Maria 6, Howsam 22, P Dinneen 5, French 1, Keogh 1, Gargano 6, Jakhar 0 not out, Sakowski 6, Sexton 0.


East Doncaster 9/73:

Howsam 10-2-5-31 – excellent performance, good aggression and pace.  Came back for a second spell which was pleasing.

French 5-2-3-13 – another good performance from Frenchie who is showing more consistency this year.  Needs to iron out the bad balls that were not punished today.

Sexton 3-0-0-5 – first bowl for 2 years.  A bit short, but good pace.

Sakowski 10-6-1-4 – very accurate and tidy spell.

S Jakhar 4-1-0-8 – only OK, a bit loose at times.

Murray 2-1-0-5 – good line and length, but lacked penetration.

Senior Match Report Round 4

First XI:  Marcellin 151 defeated St Kevins 147 

The St Kevins skipper called correctly and chose to bat on a good wicket and quick outfield.  We welcomed back Mick Dinneen from a week off, as well as Dinish who broke into the undefeated side with a very patient 87 the week before in the seconds.

We opened with Sticks and Danny Day and got the first wicket in the second over with a direct hit from Square leg by Julian Black.  (All the run out practice from Tuesday & Thursday night paid dividends which pleased the skipper enormously.)  The score moved onto 26 with Dan Cimolitaking a straight forward catch at gully off the skipper.  Julian Black had been introduced at the top end and picked up wickets with his 4th and 5th over.  Paul Dinneen caught St.Kevsbest bat at short mid off (love it when a plan comes together) and sticks held on to one at mid off.  Sticks and Danny Day came back for a second spell after drinks and both claimed a wicket each.  Sticks whacked one into number six’s ribs and then knocked his off stump out shortly after.  Dan  Day continue to bowl tightly and forced a sharp chance which was taken by Dan (golden hands) Cimoli at very short backwards point. (love it even more when a plan comes together the second time).  At 6-48 after 27 overs, the Marcellin boys were looking strong.  We continued to bowl good line and length with Joel Donnellan bowling tight from one end and the skipper from the other.     St.Kevins had steadied and limped to tea at 6-61 after 39 overs.

Sticks and Blackie continued after tea followed by Joel and Danny Day.  Paul Dinneen was introduced for a couple of overs at one end and forced an edge to Dan Cimoli at gully who spilt the chance and his strong record.  Stuwie Kemp bowled the last before drinks.  (5 good ones and 1 piece of poop that was treated with what it deserved). Tight bowling continue and  Joel forced the edge to Mick behind the stumps and St.Kevs were 7-96. Another 40 run partnership followed over the next 16 overs until Blackie came back on and cleaned up the tail with 3 wickets in 10 balls from his end.  Stuwie and Joel caught one each with Deano taking a driving catch at gully for the last wicket.

Cans go to Deano and Dan Cimoli for a dropped chance each with Julian Black working up a thirst for next week (even with 9 no balls).  All bowlers bowled well with Blackie the pick of the bunch with 5 wickets with Joel and Dan Day bowling very tight (and probably a little under utilised).

Fleming 1/44 off 16, Day 1/9 off 10, Dinneen.J 1/22 off 17, Black 5/43 off 19.3, Donnellan 1/22 off 12, Dinneen.P 0/1 off 2, Kemp 0/4 off 1

Day 2:

We started the chase with Dinesh and Joel opening up and getting through the first 14 overs until we lost Joel for 11 with the score on 23.  Dan Cimoli came and went after being trapped in front and then Dinesh shortly after to make it 3/32.  With Dean Wedding and Julian Black at the crease and in good form we expected a solid partnership however the St Kevins boys were bowling a good line and length and we lost both Dean and Julian almost immediately.  With the score at 5/34, we were in a little trouble and needed a steadying partnership.  That is exactly what happen with Stu Kemp and John Dinneen batting through to tea.  Stu played a great team innings full of positive front foot defenses and leaving the wide ball.  Chubba hit the bad balls (along with a few good ones) to keep the score ticking over until Chubba was bowled after a 92 run partnership – 6/126.  A second collapse happened with St.Kevins getting 3 for 0 with the score at 8/126.  Sticks and Paul Dinneen stuck to the task until sticks was caught for 11.  At 9/139 and with 19 runs still required, the skipper was increasing upset at getting out with only 20 odd runs to go.  To our relief, Paul Dinneen and Dan Day steered the team home to win by a couple of runs with Paul not out on 10.  A poor team batting performance however very happy to take the six points after our bowlers gave a great account the week before.

JDinneen 75, Dinesh 14, Kemp 13, Donnellan 11, Fleming 11, PDinneen 10

Second XI: Richmond City 219 defeated Marcellin 209

The MOCCC lads arrived at Richmond City Corben Oval at Yarra Bend Park to be greeted by a crumbly strip of rolled dirt.  Captain Sakowski figured that it would only deteriorate next week, despite the temptation to bowl, so when he won the toss, he elected to bat.

Openers Steve Kost and Ron Murray soon found out how bad the pitch was with variable bounce and pace off the wicket.  They batted well for the difficult first 10 overs before Murray was bowled for 5, score 1/16.  Kost was joined by Rob De Maria.  Scoring remained slow, with Kosty lasting until over 22, when he was out for 12, score 2/39.

Our talented young batsmen Rob De Maria and Damian Howsam then started to look in control, especially Howsam who was particularly punishing on anything loose.  Howsam was eventually out for 34 when he danced down the wicket to spinner Pamieta, only to be stumped, score 3/74.  Peter French came in at number 5, and battled well without ever being totally comfortable.  He was out for 7, bowled by Pamieta, score 4/86.  Sandeep Jakhar came and went quickly, another victim to Pamieta, score 5/95.

Meanwhile Rob De Maria kept going patiently, but was eventually out for 34 , score 6/113.  At this stage, the MOCCC lads were probably behind, with captain Sakowski estimating that 150 was needed to make it a game, with 180 probably putting our noses in front on this tricky deck.

In came Andrew Keogh at number 7, and he continued his good form with the bat this season.  Number 8 Mick Lowry, keen to impress father Brian and girlfriend Tanya, also fell victim to Pamieta, score 7/116. However Keogh and number 9 Tom Gargano, who is also having a good lower order season with the bat, put together a lively eighth wicket partnership of 64.  Both players took advantage of tiring bowlers and fielders, and played good attacking cricket.  Gargano was out bowled Pamieta, score 8/180.  Captain Sakowski came in at number 10, and continued where Gargano left off, providing good support to Keogh, before Keogh was unfortunately run out for 55, score 9/209.  Number 11 Patrick Sexton followed next ball with no addition to the score.  Sakowski was left not out on 17.

The MOCCC lads bowled 2 overs, and almost got a wicket first ball when Damian Howsam had one nip back sharply to pass narrowly over middle stump.  With a wet week forecast and likely pitch deterioration, the MOCCC lads are well placed to make it 3 wins from as many outings next Saturday.  Spinners Sakowski and Jakhar will likely play an important role next week, following on from their combined 7 wickets last game.

 Day 2:

After making a competitive 209 last week, the MOCCC rocked up reasonably expecting a win.  A bit of water under the covers overnight added to their enthusiasm.  Unfortunately this was not to be, with Richmond City making 219, after being 9/205 off 71 overs.  Whilst a very close finish, the MOCC lads could only think about what might have been, with some undisciplined bowling and a couple of dropped catches a feature.

 Tom Gargano and Ron Murray opened proceedings with the ball, with Tommy getting one to rear off a length in the first over.  Both bowled well without really threatening.  Damian Howsam was brought into the attack in over 11, with immediate success, with a fine caught and bowled to dismiss captain Martin, score 1/36  In over 18, Howsam bowled number 3 Thorne for 6 in a lucky dismissal – he went to pull a short one, which hit his shoulder and rolled back onto the stumps, score 2/51.

 Captain Sakowski swung the bowlers around a lot, putting into place his threat to take bowlers off who could not bowl a consistent line and length. The score became 3/82 in over 31 when Sandeep Jakhar had number 4 Mammen caught by Kost at mid-wicket off a full toss.  The score became 4/87 when Jakhar bowled opener Preuss for a well made 30. The MOCCC lads probably had their noses in front at 5/98 when Jakhar got number 5 Egan to sky one to mid-wicket where Kost took a well judged catch.  The boys went in to tea at 5/112 to enjoy another one of Richmond City’s excellent afternoon teas, where MOCCC purveyor of fine afternoon teas Tim Naughton might be able to pick up a friendly tip or two!!

Captain Sakowski opened up with Howsam and Gargano after a belly full of Lowry’s (cocktail frankfurts) and party pies.  Howsam answered the call in over 48, with number 7 Sharma caught behind for 6.  Meanwhile, number 6 Stan Pamietta, who is a talented player having played higher grades over the years, was continuing to be a thorn in our side.  Then followed a 50 run partnership for the seventh wicket, with young pup number 8 Andrews having a few narrow escapes and two dropped catches go his way.  He recovered to make a hard hitting 26, supporting Pamieta well.  Again the bowling was thrown around by captain Sakowski, trying to find the right formula.  Andrews was eventually dismissed LBW to Sexton for 26, score 7/168.

Pamietta then took control.  Sensing that numbers 9, 10 and 11 were not much chop, he commenced some lusty hitting.  He took the score to 203, when captain Sakowski struck with 2 quick wickets, score 9/205.  The game then took on a different dimension, with the MOCCC field well spread seeking to allow Pamieta a single to get him off the strike.  Pamieta would have none of this, and off the last ball of over 70, and the MOCCC lads now all around the bat to prevent a last ball single, hit Sexton over mid-wicket for a 6 to win the game for Richmond City. Another over was bowled, with Sakowski dismissing number 11 Wellington for 7, all out 219.

Bowling figures:

Howsam 12-4-3-28.  With Sexton, the pick of the bowlers.  Bowled a consistent line and length with good pace.

Sakowski 13-5-3-30.  Bowled well, with 3 late wickets to turn the match.

Gargano 7-2-0-19.  good opening spell, with not a lot of luck.

Murray 5-1-0-14.  Also a good opening spell.

French 8-3-0-23.  Good first spell, but not as tight as in recent matches.  Didn’t really come up in his second spell.

P Sexton 13-3-1-43.  First game for the 2nds this season.  Excellent performance from this young man.  Good control, and troubled all batsmen.

S Jakhar 13-3-3-56.  Got 3 wickets, but probably a bit lucky to do so.  As a spinner, needs to eliminate the bad balls.  Second spell expensive.

Whilst disappointing, it was good that we kept fighting until the end, with everyone contributing at various stages. Apologies to Mick Lowry’s much better half Chelsea for the “Tanya” call last week. 

Third XI: Marcellin 8/184 defeated Richmond City 116

In a top of the table clash, the 3rd X1 fielded their strongest team of the season taking on the undefeated Richmond City CC at home. After losing the toss we lost the early wicket of James Vear in the second over of the game. Phil Spinella came & went cheaply leaving Nick “Junior” Borts to take on a fired up Richmond attack. Looking set for another big score Borts was trapped in front & adjudged LBW for a hard hitting 40. Ben Eva made a handy 15 before Cam Amos 28 & Rob Andrews 24 put on 34 for the 5th wicket. Youngster Callan Stewart played brilliantly to post his highest senior score making a valuable 32 in the middle order & taking the score from 5/98 to 147. Bernie Dineen rolled up just in time to entertain with a hit & miss 18 no. The end total of 184 probably seemed 20 -25 runs short, but certainly defendable if we bowled well.


Opening bowlers James Vear & a rejuvenated Jeff Crimmins both struck in their first over of the innings. Veary added a second wicket in his second over a third after 6 consecutive maiden overs from the opening pair which saw the visitors crumble to be 4/16 after 12 overs. The slow batting continued until the pressure was released when Bernie Dinneen was introduced into the attack. After being belted around the park by a Richmond City 15 year old, Bernie was reintroduced into the attack bowling down wind. Once again the young Tiger batsman took to the once fearsome spearhead leaving it to young off spinner Callan Stewart to come on & clean up the tail to round off a great individual effort with both Bat & Ball.


Special mention must be made to all involved with the 3rd XI this season, not only with the outstanding results that have us 4 & 0, but also the spirit in which we have played our cricket that reflects positively on our club. We all hate giving LBW decisions against our team mates, but we have led the way & in doing so have earned the respect of several opposition captains who have been impressed by the manor we have played the game. Keep up the good work.



Match Report – Round 1 – Under 12 C

U12 C





We required the support required from the North Balwyn CC in agreeing to reschedule the opening game of the season in order tokick off the season. Featuring a good mix of experienced players & a crop of youngsters 8 year old Julian Spinella , 9 year old Jose Ablaza & Christian Kogoi were presented with their respective baggy maroon caps. We also welcomed back Alec Morris after a year off chasing his dream in the IPL.


After losing the toss we were sent in to bat in overcast conditions. Keen to do well, Josh Sassella (15 no ) & Mick “the PM “ Williams (9 no) got us off to a dream start to be no wicket for 34 after 6 overs. Lucas Spinella (23 no) supported by Liam Bartholomeusz (3 no) rocketed the scoring along to 72 for no loss after just 11 overs. Our opening stand of 108 runs goes into the record books at Marcellin. OCC for the highest opening stand by a junior team. (I just made it up, but it might be fact). Zac Elsbury (4) strode out to the middle in search of the holy grail of  a score greater than 15 to receive his lucrative bonus that could one day bring the club down into financial ruin. But we live on.


Our innings came to a compulsory close after 24 overs with the core on 3 for 123 meaning the North Balwyn Bulls would need a big performance to over run the large target set.


Our bowlers were right on song taking the early ascendancy with wickets to Tom Morgan & Christian Kogoi bowling almost unplayable leg spin. Liam Bartholomeusz & Lucas Spinella struck in each of there first over as did M.Williams courtesy of a brilliant catch to Matthew Difazio. Matty then picked up his first wicket for the season after a brilliant take by young Julian Spinella.


In the end Marcellin was far too strong for the boys from the other side of the Freeway.


Marcellin 3/123 def North Balwyn 77


Man of the Match:

Zac Elsbury for his highest score of 4 runs & best bowling  figures of 0/7

Match Report – Round 1 – Under 12 B

U12 B




The first game of the 2008 season saw us blood 6 new recruits all eager to prove the big bucks paid to secure their services. With season regulars Lucas, Tom, Josh & Rosie unavailable not a lot was expected from such a young & inexperienced line up. But boy were we wrong. Opening bowlers Lucas Stambos & Marcus Alessi both had the ball swinging & seaming around from the outset. The Balwyn top order looked out of their depth as the wickets tumbled from both ends. After 3 overs the score was 3 for 1 just about game over. The only resistance came from opener J.Baring who retired on 25 no. Wickets continued to tumble through out the short innings which saw the home team bowled out for just 47. Apart from the outstanding bowling performance, special mention must go to Bailey Mallia, Phillips – Williams, Lucas Stambos Alex Hodder who each took outstanding catches. You have now set a standard for the whole season.


Great Bowling performance from first gamers :

Lucas Stambos who took 3 for 2 off his 3 overs

Nick Tsalikis 1 for 6 off his 2

Alex Hodder 2 for 12 off 2

Connor Firth 1 for 9 off 2


After morning tea was taken openers Chris Welsh (5 no) & Phillips –Williams  (8 no) got us off to a flying start to be 0/25 after 6 overs. Bailey Mallia (7 no) & Nick Welsh (5 no) continued the solid start at the top order. Lucas Stambos backed up his bowling performance with another great contribution with the willow to post (8 no) as well as Marcus Alessi who made a great start with both bat & ball to sore an unbeaten 7.

Alex Hodder showed that he will be a handy allrounder with (2 no). We past the required runs in the 12th over to easily run out comfortable winners & get our season off to a high flying Eagle start.


Man of the Match:  LUCAS STAMBOS

Match Reports – Round 3

The club has made its best start ever with 7 wins from 7 games with the 1st XI winning on Sunday by 195 runs, the 2nd XI defending 218 to win by 37 runs and the 3rd XI again chasing down the big total of 242 with overs to spare.  All sides should be placed on top of the respective ladders.

1sts  Marcellin 8/275 defeated Richmond Union 80

The first XI travelled to Kevin Bartlett Reserve on Sunday to play a two day match against Richmond Union.  We won the toss and decided to have a bat on a good wicket and lush outfield.

Stuey Kemp and Joel Donnellan opened up with Joel playing some lovely shots on both sides of the wicket until Stuey got bowled for 1 by a seaming delivery.  Joel got hit in front on 11 and was out LBW shortly after.  Daniel Cimoli came and went for 4 after coping a jagging delivery in his loins and then edging a wide one next ball.  3 for 20 was not the perfect start the skipper was looking for.

John Dinneen arrived at the crease and played a few shots until he hit a half pitcher straight down Mid Off’s throat and trudged off for 15 with the score on 4/45.

The batsmen then took over with Dean Wedding and Speros Beasley putting on a 68 run stand before Beaser was very stiff to be stumped after the ball from a spinner hit the keeper pads and cannoned into the stumps with beaser out of his ground. Rob DeMaria and Deano put on 40 odd before Rob missed one on 22.  Deano was next out for a well compiled 68 and was the backbone of the innings.  Julian Black was slowly building a score and was involved in two forty odd run partnerships with Deano and then Pual Dinneen who made a solid 14 towards the end.  Sticks (“Pickles”) and Julian batted together for the last nine overs of the game with Julian finishing on 55 not out and Sticks on 20 not out.

Deano, Beaser, Julian, and Rob all produced very solid workman like efforts and we had five partnerships of more then 40 runs each.  Deano played an extremely well paced innings, Beaser was very punishing on the bad ball, Julian and Rob followed in Deano’s footsteps with some lovely shotmaking and batsmanship.  Paul and Sticks chimed in at the end and got the job done with sensible batting.

275 next Sunday should be plenty as long as we bowl and catch well.

Second Day

Fleming and Day opened the bowling and the eagles stuck in the 2nd over of the day with Dan Cimoli taking a streamer at gully off Dan Day.  Dan Day stuck again in his second over with debutant Rob DiMaria taking his first catch behind the stumps.   Sticks picked up his first wicket in the 13th over with a catch at 3rd slip and then Joel Donnellan stuck next over with another catch by Rob DiMaria.  The Marcellin boys had Richmond well and truly on the back foot at 4 for 20.

The Richmond Union boys worked hard for the next 20 overs and defended a very strong Marcellin bowling line up.  Julian Black stuck just before tea for a 3rd caught behind to Rob DiMaria and the score at the break was 5-53.

Sticks was made to have a long warm up during the tea break and opened up the second half of the day with Speros Beasley who was bowling some lovely outswing.  Sticks was a little wayward but worked hard and was duly rewarded with two wickets in two balls thanks to a couple of full deliveries on off stump.  Dinneen took over from the Southern end with some leggies and Dan Cimoli was introduced into the attack when the score reached 80 off 56 overs.  Dan stuck twice in 3 balls with a sharply turning off spinner that knocked over the Rickmond Union Captains off stump and followed up with a doosra third ball that hit the last batsmen on the back leg and in front of the stumps.

The Marcellin boys deserved the win with some good bowling and solid fielding.   Fleming (3-22 off 17) Day (2-19 off 11) Donnellan (1-1 off 5) Black (1-14 off 9) Beasley (0-21 off 11) Dinneen (0-3 off 4) Cimoli (2-0 off 0.3)

2nds Marcellin 218 defeated Donvale 181

Donvale won the toss, and on what appeared to be a very good batting strip, decided to bowl.

Marcellin, in an excellent team performance, made 10/218.  At stumps, after facing 4 overs, Donvale is 0/4.  Marcellin, with a good bowling attack, can reasonably expect to make it 2 wins from 2 matches next week.

Ron Murray and Dinesh Jakhar opened the batting.  Murray moved too far across, and was bowled leg stump for 1.  Anthony Waters, Rob Andrews and Sandeep Jakhar followed soon after – score 4/29.  Damian Howsam looked good for his 16, but played one on – score 5/48.  It looked to be an earlier than expected field for the Marcellin lads, however, the middle and lower order dug in, and provided excellent support for Dinesh Jakhar.

Dinesh, in his second game for the club, made a very well compiled 87 (ninth batsman out).  A feature of his innings was his patience, with very few balls being hit into the air.

Peter French confirmed his status as a useful middle order batsman, coming in at number 7, and making a good 30.  Other good middle order support came from Trev Keogh 27, who looked as good as most could remember. A good last wicket partnership of 36 from Tom Gargano 24 and Julian Sakowski 12 took the score to 218.

Innings summary – Murray 1, D Jakhar 87, Waters 1, Andrews 8, S Jakhar 3, Howsam 16, French 30, Lowry 4, Keogh 27, Gargano 24 NO, Sakowski 12, Sundries 5 – total 218.

The Marcellin lads had 4 overs at the end of the day to make a dent into Donvale’s top order, but could not break through, score 0/4.  

Second Day

After making 218 last week, MOCC started day 2 of its match against Donvale with Donvale 0/4.


In a good bowling performance, MOCCC dismissed Donvale for 181 in the 63rd over, winning by 37 runs.  The fortunes of the day swung the way of both sides at various stages.  The MOCCC lads started slowly in te field after a poor preparation, however came good as the day went on.


Donvale opener Pitts made 56, and lower order Strachan made 52 NO, otherwise the bowlers were on top.


Opening bowlers Peter French and Julian Sakowski bowled tidily without success, before Damian Howsam was brought into the attack, and in a good spell of 5 overs, picked up 2/6.  Frenchy bowled (what he claims to be) a calculated full toss, and caught and bowled the number 4, score 3/70.


Sandeep Jakhar came into the attack bowling his left arm orthodox, and picked up a couple of wickets.  Donvale went to tea at 5/107.


Jakhar picked up the key wicket of opener Pitts shortly after tea.  With the score at 6/107, the lads looked set for an easy win.  However captain Sakowski cautioned against thinking the match was won, and this proved to be the case with the Donvale lower order showing plenty of pluck.

Eventually, Sakowski took the last 4 wickets of the innings to close the match.

Bowling figures:

French (14-2-1-24) – bowled with good control.  Possibly most consistent bowling performance for the club.

Murray (1-1-0-0) – unlucky not to get a bowl on day 2.  Victim of having 8 bowlers in the side.

Sakowski (13.3-5-4-24) – wiley old dog.

Waters (4-0-0-32) – too short, but better than that.

Howsam (8-2-2-28) – turned the match in first spell.  Very talented all rounder.

S Jakhar (16-4-3-36) – great debut performance with the ball for the club.  Bowled with good control and flight.

Gargano (3-0-0-8) – another bowler who suffered from too many bowlers in the side.  Bowled well when asked.

D Jakhar (3-1-0-15) – wicket-keeper for most of the day.  Came on late in the day wih his leggies when Donvale looked to be taking control.  Either too slow through the air or pushed through mediums.  Needs to work in the nets to get it right.

In summary, a good tidy win, with some good performances on both days to put pressure on players in the 1st XI to perform.

3rds Marcellin 9/245 defeated AYC 7/242

Match report on the way