The first day of three 2 day games for the season was played on Saturday as we took on a North Balwyn outfit fielding a couple of ex Marcellin players in Carey Hassall & Adam Bettiol. After winning the toss & sending the opposition in to bat, the game was evenly poised after the Lucas’s Stambos & Spinella struck early blows which saw the visitors at 2/32 after 10 overs. This brought along a great partnership between the Bulls Cunningham & Hassall which took the score along to 78 for the loss of only 2 wickets. A brilliant bit of fielding by Tom Morgan sent Adam Bettiol on his way, but scoring was still easy for the Bulls who moved to 3/120 after 33 overs. A spark was needed to keep the score line respectable. Enter Sean Phillips Williams whose 2 wicket over forced a middle order collapse that saw the visitors plummet to be 7/134. In the end the bulls added only 24 more runs thanks mainly to some tidy bowling spells from Chris Welsh 3 overs 0/2, Bailey Mallia 4 overs 0/10, Nick Tsalikis 3 overs 0/6, Lucas Stambos 4 overs 1/10. Fielding was fairly sharp with Rosie Dillon taking a couple of hot chances, Bailey Mallia grasping a flyier & Nick Welsh who completed a run out & stumping.
North Balwyn 7/154 from 45 overs. Marcellin require 155 for victory next week
A depleted under 12 C Marcellin team took on a strong Boorondara xi outfit fielding 5 under 10 players & 3 other players who were playing there first ever game of cricket.
Although we knew the boys were up against it we started fairly well with experienced pair in Zac Elsbury (2 no) & Matthew Difazio (6) keeping out the 2 opening bowlers. 9 year old Michael Tsalikis strode out to the middle following the Difazio dismissal & took on the bowling & remained (3 no). Aided by some wayward bowling by the opposition we reached 50 for the loss of 8 wickets, a mini victory in that the Bowlers failed to take all 9 wickets available.
A good start to our bowling innings saw Alec Morris (1/10) & second gamer Shaun Hibberd (1/10) dismissing the Boorandara opening pair cheaply. Our bowlers continued to toil manfully even though we looked unlikely to defend our modest total. Special mention to young bowlers Alex Hodder who bowled 3 overs 0/8, Michael Tsalikis 2 overs 0/8, Julian Spinella 2 overs 0/9 & debutant Christian Ratnayke 2 overs 0/5.
A fabulous direct hit run out by youngster Jose Ablaza was the highlight of the morning in the field.
Marcellin 8/50 CC lost to Boroondara 3/125 CC
Man of the Match:
Michael Tsalikis for his highest score of 3 runs no & bowling figures of 0/8