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
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.
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.
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.