Match Reports – Semi Final

Marcellin, Marcellin, Marcellin.

All three sides win the Semi Final and move up a grade for season 2009/10.

Grand Finals as follows:

1st XI (vs Mont Albert) at Kevin Bartlett Reserve, Richmond

2nd XI (vs East Doncaster) at Rathmines Road, Hawthorn

3rd XI (vs Salvo’s) at Hays Paddock North, Kew

Semi Final Match Reports.

1st XI Marcellin 9/277 defeated Glen Iris 198

Blackie makes 105*, well supported by Deano and Dave who put on another 50+ opening stand, Damo, Beasa and Mick chip in towards the end as  we put our best foot forward under finals pressure.  Blackie takes man of match award with 3 wickets to back up his ton, Damo claims 3 late wickets and all bowlers bowl well to keep a persistent Glen Iris under 200. “A Grade”, here we come.

2nd XI Marcellin 175 & 2/92 defeated Richmond City 139 & 123

Tom Donnellan softens em up and takes one wicket followed by Jules with 5 wickets and Rushy with 3, to knock RC over for 139.  We put on 175 with good contributions from French, Cimoli, DeMaria, Kemp and Tom.  In the second innings, Tom gets 3 wickets with Jules, Waters and French 2 a piece.  Kempy (53*) and Jahkar(27*) hold off the last 20 overs and ensure the 2nds move up to “C Grade” next year.

3rd XI Marcellin 7/211 defeated Hartwell 185

Mick Lowry smashes his second ton of the year, with Ben Eva, Veary and Callan chipping in along the way. Steve Neylon gets 3 wickets, Veary 2 and the boys record a tough win to move into the GF.

Detailed Match reports to come in all grades.

Match Reports – Round 11

All sides through to the finals with another clean sweep at the club in the final round.

1st XI Marcellin 248 defeated Glen Iris 220

We make a decent score of 248 with our openers Deano (33) and Dave Tantsis-Hall (45) putting on another 50+ opening stand and Chubba (98) backing up from last game to just miss another century.  We have three overs at them without luck and look forward to a solid performance next week.

Day2 – Julian Black gets career best figures of 6/38, Mick takes 5 catches (all of Jules), Jock gets 2 direct hit runouts and the rest bowl well to knock over Glen Iris for 220.

2nd XI Marcellin 269 1/76 defeated Surrey Hills 135

Ron Murray also backs up with a fine 84* and which will hopefully be his second match-winning innings in as many games. Dan Cimoli and Paul Dinneen also put on a 50+ opening stand and Julian Sakowski does a fine job with 44 and sharing a 100-run partnership with Ron to turn the game in Marcellin’s favour.

Day 2 – French, Howsam and Waters all bowl well to knock Surrey Hills over in 52 overs and then Howsam and DiMaria put on 70 odd to ensure we carry our form into the Semi Next Week.

3rd XI Marcellin 6/130 defeated East Doncaster 8/122

The 3rd XI boys finish the home and away season on top with a win against East Donny.  Veary top scores with 38 whilst Steve Neylon takes 4for and Phil 3for.

Detailed match reports here…

Match Reports – Round 11

1st XI Marcellin 248 vs Donvale 0/14

We lost the toss and were sent in on a greenish, but flat and hard pitch. Before the game started we new that this game would be a reply of the semi-final next week with only the home ground for the semi up for grabs in this game. Whoever wins will finish second and the other team third.

We got off to a quick start with Deano and Dave Tantsis-Hall posting the opening 50 runs in the 10th over.  Deano missed one and was the first one out with the score on 76. Dave was involved in a mix-up with Borts to be run out for a well made 46; Borts went next with the score 3/108. Blackie and Chubba continued their good form from last game and took the score to 189 before Blackie was out for 23. Beaser came and went first ball LBW for his first low score of the year. Chubba was out next for a well-compiled 98 after a sharp caught and bowled chance. Joel and Mick just got into double figures each, however we fell away in the last hour to be bowled out for 248. We bowled three overs without luck.  With no-one making close to 200 against us all year, we go into the halfway mark of the last round with confidence; however we will need to bowl and field well and hopefully make a statement for the semi-final.

Day 2

We struggled early with variable line and length whilst their openers hit the bad ball.  At 0/72 at drinks, the boys were asked for a bigger effort and Jules and Dan bowled very tight with Chubba coming on just before tea.  A direct hit from Jock started us going and Jules picked up two wickets to have Glen Iris 3/155 at tea.  Sticks came back on and bowled very tightly without luck.  Beaser was tried early and then replaced by Dan Day.

At 3/150 (90 runs, 30 overs and 7 wickets) the Glen Iris boys would ahve backed themselves however Jules was introduced back into the attack and Chubba tried to tie things up from the bottom end. The Marcellin boys put a stranglehold on the game, stopped the run rate and picked up a very tidy 7/70 off 25 overs with Jules leading the way with a career best 6/38 from 21 overs.  Mick Dinneen started poorly with 13 byes for the game however caught everything that was nicked his way and took 5 catches off blackie.  Joel closed out the game the same way it started with a direct hit run out, 6 points for Marcellin and the firsts completing the Home and Away season undefeated.  We look forward to the semi final match which will be a reply of the game just completed against Glen Iris.  Our boys know that a large improvement is expected (especially in the field) and we go in very confident that our best cricket will be enough to gain us entry to A grade next year and a Grand Final berth.

  Results here:

2nd XI Marcellin 269 vs Surrey Hills

The MOCCC lads arrived at a very dry and dusty Wattle Park Oval to play Surrey Hills.  The general consensus was that the deck was under-prepared.  Captain Sakowski asked Surrey Hills’ captain to mow the pitch, which was done to our satisfaction.  SH won the toss, and sent MOCCC in for a hit. 

After a few scares, MOCCC made 269 (exact score to be confirmed), with Ron Murray top-scoring with 84 not out. It was a particularly pleasing result given that our top order largely failed, with the middle- and lower-order batsmen digging in for a good result on a two-paced pitch with some variable bounce. Dan Cimoli and Paul Dinneen started well with a good opening stand of 62 after 13 overs. Both batsmen played good attacking shots combined with a bit of luck. Dinneen was the first batsman out, LBW for 28. Stuey Kemp (0) came and went quickly, after which Cimoli was bowled for 32. Damian Howsam (0) was caught at short leg, and the score was 4/66. Ron Murray and Rob De Maria began to consolidate, and took the score to 88, before De Maria was LBW for 12. 

Then followed three innings-saving partnerships, the first between Ron Murray and Peter French who took the score to 133 before French was bowled for 24. Anthony Waters (0) was adjudged LBW the very next ball, and we were again in trouble at 7/133. The second good lower-order partnership between Ron Murray and Tim Rush ended on 158 when Rushy was caught for 17. Meanwhile, Murray was playing a very sensible and patient knock, providing the backbone of the innings. 

At 8/158 Captain Sakowski joined Murray in over 49, whereupon they took the score to 9/258 before Sakowski was bowled trying to accumulate runs after a patient 44 with 3 overs remaining. At this point Murray had moved onto 75, and was maintaining exemplary concentration. Sandeep Jakhar joined Murray, where they took the score to 269 before Jakhar was out for 0 with one ball to go, caught trying to loft one.  Murray was left 84 not out, a great knock, and continues his excellent late-season form. 

The MOCCC lads will go into next week with a good total to defend, which should be enough given our good bowling attack. However the ground is fast, providing value for shots, so we will need to be on our guard.

Day 2 

After posting 269 on day 1, the MOCCC lads entered day 2 knowing that due to a likely outright rort in the 5 v 6 match between Burwood and Donvale, they needed to win to make the finals. They did not disappoint their fans, dismissing Surrey Hills for 135 at 4:40pm, and then having a solid second innings “net” until 5:30pm when the game was called.


For the first hour or so, wickets proved hard to come by, with the Surrey Hills openers proving resilient.  The baked earth outfield was punishing for the fielding team.  Opening bowlers Damian Howsam and Tim Rush were solid.  Howsam bowled particularly well without luck, moving the ball through the air and troubling the batsmen consistently.  Captain Sakowski replaced the opening bowlers with Anthony Waters and Peter French.  French was rewarded in the 17thover, taking opener Lamba, 1/37.  Another useful partnership ensued, before French struck again in over 25, taking opener D’Allessandro, score 2/60.  From then on, wickets fell reasonably regularly, with only number 4 Finlayson showing any pluck.  


Waters and French bowled unchanged until tea, when the score was 5/92 after 36 overs.  This bowling partnership of 25 overs between them was crucially important, and turned the game the Eagles’ way.  Well done!!  After tea, Captain Sakowski turned again to opening bowlers Howsam and Rush.  Howsam’s second spell was both aggressive and impressive, taking 2 quick wickets, score 7/100.  The quicks were eventually replaced with spinners Sandeep Jakhar and Julian Sakowski who quickly took the last 3 wickets between them to wrap up the innings.


In the second innings, MOCCC made 1/76 off 10 overs, with Howsam unbeaten on 48 and De Maria unbeaten on 26 – again well done lads!!


We await to see who we play in the semi-finals.  In a bit of a surprise, it seems that top side Richmond City got rolled by lowly Canterbury.  Also East Doncasterwon outright against La Trobe Uni.  Thus it seems that East Doncasterfinished top, and they will play fourth placed Donvale (who displaced Old Carey, despite Old Carey winning their last minor round game thanks to the rort Burwood v Donvale outright match).  Richmond City finished second and will thus play MOCCC, to be played at Corben Oval Yarra Bend Park.  Being a council ground, we can expect a dry and dusty outfield again.

  Results here.

3rd XI Marcellin 6/130 defeated East Doncaster 8/122

Phil’s report to come soon.

Match Reports – Round 10 details

1st XI  Marcellin 3/303 defeated Donvale 189

The 1st XI boys smash 3/303 in 40 overs at a large (but very fast) Donvale ground.  Chubba (142*) and Blackie (54*) put on an unbeaten 190 run partnership in 19 overs after Deano (43), Tantsis-Hall (17) and N.Borts (34) set the ground work of the innings.  We used Eight bowlers with Jock Donnellan (3/21) and Dan Day (3/31) picking up a bag of three each ably supported by Sticks (1/19) and Blackie (1/13). Tantsis bowled well without luck, Damo Howsam picked up 1, Besaer got smashed and Borts bowled his two overs for the year.

2nd XI Marcellin – BYE (and picked up 6 points)

3rd XI Marcellin 9/191 lost to Eastern Salvation Army 5/197


For the second consecutive week we had the good fortune of winning the toss allowing the opportunity for our batsman to face the full 40 overs. Dinesh Jakar & Cam Amos opened up & put on 49 in 14 overs until Cam was out bowled for 11. Mick Lowry edged through to the keeper for 1. Michael Gough joined Dinesh & quickly added 67 runs for the 4th wicket partnership until Dinesh was dismissed for a well-compiled 89. Phil Spinella joined Goughie in the middle but couldn’t seem to find any batting form & held out for 25. The lower order tail didn’t seem to fire as we have done throughout the season so far leaving us to defend 191 on the small ground.

Patrick Sexton together with Phil kept things tight to start our defense. Both openers striking early to have the home side in trouble at 2/18 after 10 overs. ESA captain Baker then started to open his shoulders & punished everything that was short or wide. Sandeep Jakar was introduced into the attack & whilst picking up a couple of wickets was expensive in his 5 overs. Tim Rush had no answer’s either for the ESA captain who continued to hit freely on both sides of the wicket until he was eventually dismissed for 99. Dropped catch’s together with a few sloppy fielding efforts made the task of overtaking our score easier & provided the Eastern SA with an impressive win from a determined team.






































































Match Reports – Round 9 completed

1st XI  Marcellin 211 defeated Deepdene 123 & 3/52

With a shaky start and a mid order collapse, the boys comfortable make 200 again with some good individual performances from all bowlers along with Julian Black and Damian Howsam who score 60 odd each.

2nd XI Marcellin 0/69 & 2/121 defeated (outright) Latrobe 62 & 121

With the skipper back at his post, the boys rally to beat Latrobe outright and now look certain for finals action if they can win the last game.  The 2nds have a bye next round and will get an automatic 6 points.

3rd XI Marcellin 5/279 defeated Boronia Churches 176

The thirds (and 1st XI) keep their unbeaten record alive with the skipper hitting a big ton and youngest Ben Eva getting another half century.

More details here.

Match Reports – Round 9 – week two

1st XI  Marcellin 211 defeated Deepdene 123 & 3/52

Match report to come.

2nd XI Marcellin 0/69 & 2/121 defeated (outright) Latrobe 62 & 121

Following a good performance in week 1 against La Trobe Uni, the MOCCC lads had high hopes for an outright win.  Their fans were not to be disappointed, with MOCCC achieving the result with 3 overs to spare.

La Trobe resumed their second innings on 1/9.  What they lacked in ability, the La Trobe batsmen made up for with determination.  The MOCCC lads had to toil for 54 overs to dismiss La Trobe.  Whilst runs were not coming easily, the La Trobe batsmen were soaking up valuable time.  Captain Sakowski swung his bowlers around regularly, trying to get the formula right.  Fielding positions were very attacking for most of the day, with often all fieldsmen in catching positions close to the bat.  All bowlers bowled a good line and length, but on a good batting wicket, the La Trobe batsmen stone-walled us.  Wickets came with subtle variations in pace.  The pick of the bowlers were probably French and Rush, but all contributed.  Good catching by Keogh, Murray and Tantsis-Hall, and a superb assisted run-out from Kemp capped off a fine day in the field.

Bowling figures:

P Sexton 10-2-0-18, French 12-5-3-18, Sakowski 7-3-2-8, Rush 10-2-3-16, Tantsis-Hall 5-2-0-9, Stewart 5-0-0-25, Murray 2-0-0-17, Kemp 2.5-0-1-8

The MOCCC lads were thus set a target of 115 off 25 overs, and achieved the target in over 22.  We batted an extra over to be sure, and finished on 2/121.    All batsmen who had a go did well.  Cimoli and Tantsis-Hall opened, and followed up their first innings performance with a partnership of 47 before Cimoli was bowled for 27 trying to force the pace.  A highlight was a monstrous straight hit six.  Tantsis-Hall showed his class for a well made 29 before he too was caught for 29 trying to keep the score board ticking over, 2/74.

We did not lose another wicket, with number three Kemp being 42NO and De Maria 14 NO at the end of play. Both players stroked the ball well, a highlight being their hard running between wickets, placing the ball well for numerous one’s and two’s.  It is worth noting that only four players had a hit for the entire match over two innings (although nine had a bowl)!!

In all, a very good result which should now propel us well into the four.  Captain Sakowski was particularly pleased with the result given the youth of the team, with seven of the tem aged 15-21, with old men Sakowski, Murray, Keogh and Cimoli providing the experience.  We have the bye next round, and then face Surrey Hills away in the final round on Feb 21 and 28.  Keep training well as we move into this important time of the season!!

3rd XI Marcellin 5/279 defeated Boronia Churches 176

“Batsman Take Points”

Forecast temperatures in the high 30’s meant that we had no hesitation in batting first against the boys from Boronia who were not looking forward to spending the afternoon under the baking sun. Michael Gough & Ged Logan once again opened the batting but struggled some what with the swinging ball . Ged was lucky to survive as long as he did with the Boronia fieldsman dropping him 3 times  in as many overs until they finally held on to one in the 9th over with the score on 24. Michael Gough was out shortly after for 17 which brought the experienced pair of Phil Spinella & Mick Lowry together. They batted well putting on 108 runs in 15 overs  before Mick was out bowled for 30. James Vear was gone without scoring & at 4/152 honours seemed to be even. Youngster Ben Eva joined his skipper & together started to swing the pendulum back in our favour with a partnership of 120 which brought an end to Phil’s knock of 157. Ben batted to the end of our allotted overs to remain unbeaten on 51 no his second half century of the season.


The Boronia batsman took it up to our bowlers early with both James Vear & Jeff Crimmins being smashed to all parts by the Boronia  openers. Inform bowler came on replacing Veary & had immediate success. His spell was once again for the second week in a row, nothing short of sensational to finish with figures of 3/26 from his 10. Veary was reintroduced from the other end & snared 3 wickets in his second spell to finish with 3/45. Crimmo had a day he’d rather forget but still managed to pick up 2 crucial wickets included that of Papworth who made 64. Crimmo finish with 2/87. Hugh Harkin showed us he can bowl picking up his first wicket for the club with his left arm offies.


Our catching was the difference between the sides led by Mick Lowry who took 3 rippers, Chris Bloink & Michael Black who both held on to difficult chances in the deep.

Match Reports – Round 9

1st XI Marcellin 3/30 vs Deedene 123

The Marcellin boys put in a very good bowling performance to knock over Deepdene for 123. We lose 3 wickets late in the day however look forward to a couple of good partnerships next week to make the 94 runs required for victory.

2nd XI Marcellin 0/69 dec vs Latrobe Uni 62 & 1/9

The 2nd XI continue to do everything required of them to make a late charge at the final four.  The boys win on the first day and now chase the valuable outright points.

3rd XI Marcellin 2/97 defeated East Doncaster 8/89

Another comfortable win for the 3rds to keep their perfect record intact.

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Match Reports – Round 9

1st XI Marcellin 3/30 vs Deedene 123

Skipper John Dinneen (along with Mick and Paul)returns from a family holiday whilst acting skipper from last game, Speros Beasley, has a game off for a wedding in Sydney.

We win the toss and decide to have a bowl on a flat deck and allow us to have a batting chase.  The Deepdene boys bat slowly and determine to value their wicket.  Sticks strikes in the 15 over at 1/29. Three more wickets fall in the next 13 overs with Damo Howsam picking up one and Blackie 2.  Sandeep and Black strike in consecutive overs just before tea and Deepdene go in at 6/68. Sticks picks up 2 more after tea along with Chubba gettig one and we have them 9/100 after 56 overs.  The last pair stubbornly bat for another 12 overs and put on 23 before Blackie picks up his fourth wicket and we cose their innings for 123.  Sticks continues to improve and is well rewarded with 3/33 of 17, Blackie just edges out sticks as the pick of the bowlers with 4/18 off 12.1, Dan Day (0/15 off 12)doesn’t get a wicket but continues his tight bowling, especially with an excellent second spell, Howsam (1/19 off 13) and Sandeep (1/18 off 6) both bowl well and get a wicket each with the skipper (1/12 off 7)picking up a single wicket with his legspin.

With 38 minutes to bat, Dinesh and Deano open up and score freely at a run a ball until Deano gets a good one and is out caught behind for 9. Dinesh chops one on 2 overs later and Borts nicks (pardon the pun) a good one in the last over.  Paul Dinneen and Howsam keep out the last few balls and look forward to getting them next week without any more wickets to fall.

2nd XI Marcellin 0/69 dec vs Latrobe Uni 62 & 1/9

The 2nd XI lads rocked up to La Trobe Uni’s home ground to find an OK pitch, but with a bit of extra grass on it than might be considered normal.  Captain Sakowski was to bowl, but lost the toss, and bowled anyway. In an excellent days cricket, MOCCC has already won on the first innings, dismissing La Trobe for 62, and replying with 0/69 declared.  La Trobe finished the day at 1/9 in their second innings.  La Trobe are clearly struggling for numbers and talent in the uni holiday period, witnessed by them only having 9 at the park on Saturday.  Their batting was not strong, and MOCCC was able to dismiss them for 62 from 47.2 overs.  All bowlers used were solid contributors, with Tim Rush probably the pick.  Peter French, Patrick Sexton and David Tantsis-Hall all also bowled well, with line and length a feature of our bowling performance


Bowling figures – French 12-4-1-17, Rush 13-2-3-25, Sexton 11-6-1-6, Tantsis-Hall 7-3-1-11, Sakowski 3-2-1-1, Stewart 1-1-0-0 and Cimoli 0.2-0-1-0.


With the bat, Dan Cimoli and David Tantsis-Hall opened up, and needed only 14 overs to reach 0/69, when captain Sakowski declared.  He was mindful of not losing wickets, with percentages perhaps a deciding factor at the end of the season when finals berths are up for grabs.  Both Cimoli and Tantsis-Hall were both punishing on anything full, repeatedly lofting several straight hit boundaries.  Cimoli was 29NO and Tantsis-Hall 30NO,.with both looking very good.  We had 7 overs at the end to try and break though, and Peter French did so in the sixth over, dismissing Shah, probably La Trobe’s best bat.

The MOCCC lads will be pushing for an outright win next week, aware that such a result will boost their finals aspirations.

3rd XI Marcellin 2/97 defeated East Doncaster 8/89

Winning can become an addiction”


A strong bowling attack took to the field after Doncaster East captain one the toss & elected to bat under perfect ski’s. Jeff Crimmons & Anthony Waters shared the new ball & kept things tight. The Doncater batsman seemed more determined to survive as opposed to scoring runs which reflected on the scoreboard that read 2-42 after 18 overs with Jeff & Anthony snaring a wicket each. Steve Naylon came on to bowl & bowled 10 overs unchanged to claim the tidy figures of 1-11 off 10. It was definitely his finest performance for the club & really lifted our bowling stocks as finals approach. Steve Keys came on & didn’t bowl a bad ball finishing with figures of 2-26 off his allotted 10 overs. Anthony Waters finished off his second spell picking up 4 more wickets to claim 5- 29 from his 10. The visitors could only manage 9-89 from their 40 overs.


The low score provided some much needed batting practice for players that have had limited opportunities with the bat this summer. Ged Logan 15 & Michael Gough 22no started the innings off steadily putting on 30for the first wicket befor Ged was out caught.

Playing his first game of the season the hard working Marcus Fedrizzi was pushed up to number 3 in the batting order, but was unluckly caught at slip off an outside edge without opening his account.


Mick Lowry needed to prove to the selection committee that he deserves the opportunity  in one of the higher grades. Getting off the mark with a 6, Mick timed the ball well & his shot selection was excellent to remain unbeaten on 53 at the finnish.



Delayed post! – 3rd XI Round 11 (January 10) Marcellin 4/171 defeated Boronia 170

With great pressure on the new skipper Willy to continue the unbeaten run set up Ronny Murray, he successfully lost the toss and asked to bowl.

“Nails” Neylon and “Irish” Sexton opening the bowling keeping it tight with  0/7 off 6 and 0/18 off 5 respectively, before “Tomahawk” Curran took the first wicket in his second over smashing the leg stump , followed by a caught and bowled wicket to the “young Rhino” Keys an over later . Another wicket to “Rhino” in the next over saw Boronia crash from 0/50 to 3/63 after 18 overs. Boronia then got a partnership going and it was time for a change bringing on “old Keysey” and “Buddha” Vear.  “Buddha” excelled with gentle rubs of his tummy whenever we needed a wicket and he performed well with 6/29 off 7 overs to have them all out for 170.

 A key feature was trying to hide “Trev” in the field and the “Skip” sent him to mid-off and deep, so “Trev” could have some quiet reflection on :

  • The Blues finishing in the 8
  • Ben Cousins wearing number nine as that where the tigers will finish again
  • Bucks dethroning Malthouse as coach at the halfway mark
  • Vossy and Brownie  going toe to toe at the Gabba with Lethal doing special comments
  • And how does Bucket get on the Beach Cricket junket


In the end , Trev took two good catches and was chasing down a third when a collision looked on the cards. Loud calls from the team avoided the carnage with “Irish” doing the job with a well judged catch.



Batting was a pleasure to watch with “Trev” grafting a fine (14) while the “Hyphen” Tantsis-Hall cruised to a lazy (105) with super drives and pull shots that heard cries from the opposition  “why is this bloke in this grade?” The “Beva” came in and made a quick (10) and the Tomahawk (9), before Amos(21) and Buddha(7) finished them off after only 22 overs.


A great win with outstanding performances from Neylon, Vear, and Tantsis-Hall.


Men of the match : Vear and Tantsis-Hall – Double passes to the Bulleen Drive-in 


Highlight: Several Boronia players warming up with cans of “Mother”and Red Bull

Match Reports – Round 8

First XI.  Marcellin 6/173 defeated East Doncaster 172.

The boys keep their unbeaten record by chasing down a small score, on a difficult batting wicket, with scores from Beaser, Borts and Howsam.

Second XI.  Marcellin 6/266 defeated Canterbury 263

The 2nds keep their finals chances well and truly alive by completing a great run chase with a fantastic ton from Anthony McIntosh (on top of his 6 wickets).  Ron Murray plays the innings of his career for a 60 odd and several others chip in to ensure we get over the line. (including a couple of geriatrics sharing the keeping duties.)

Third XI.  Marcellin 4/185 defeated AYC 8/183

Details a little sketchy from Mermaid Beach (authors current location) however the 3rds also keep their unbeaten record with rumours of a fine innings from one Grenville Stephen Phillips-Williams.

Full details to come with captains adding second week reports shortly. - read more here.