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