Match Reports – Round 8

First XI.  Beaser’s Match Report.

Day 1

The first rolled up to a fairly strange wicket at Zerbes reserve which seemed fairly green and uneven.  Probably a toss to lose but after calling correctly the Marcellin boys decided to have a bowl.  Simon and Danny opened with the ball moving all over the shop and after 10 overs East Doncaster were 2/20.

The day saw 8 bowlers used for Marcellin with wickets fairly shared. From the 72 overs there were 31 maidens for the day with Dan Day bowling 11 overs for 8 and Beasa 14 off 8 but both wicketless.  Simon Sticks Fleming bowled well taking 3/38, Tom Donnellan 3/11, Julian Black 2/22 Damien Howsam 1/8 and Peter French 1/18, Sammy Jakhar worked hard with 0/33 off 9. East Doncaster were bowled out for 172 with Marcellin facing one over being 0/4.

In similar conditions the batsmen will have to work hard but overall it was a very even performance by the bowlers on a seaming wicket.

Day 2

On a better East Doncaster wicket this week, the Marcellin boys were chasing 173 for Victory.  It became apparent that if the bowlers bent their backs there was still a lot of life in the Zerbes Reserve Wicket. This became apparent straight away with Marcellin soon at 3 for 40 with Wedding 0, Jakhar 3 and Black 7, back in the pavilion from good bowling by Durquesne.  Nick Borts and Tommy D then settled things down putting on 46 for the 4th wicket but both were soon out. Borts scored a well made 38 and Tommy D 22 but the Marcellin Boys were in touble at 5/86. Howsie joined Beasa and both worked hard against some good bowling. Howsie continued on his form with the ball with a well made 26. Peter French then joined Beasa and did a terrific job getting the Marcellin Boys across the line. After a bit of a flourish off one over Marcellin passed East Doncaster 6 wickets down with Beasa finishing with 55 not out.


A good game of cricket all around between two fairly even teams with East Donnie probably having the worst of the conditions of a very difficult wicket.


Second XI.  Ron’s Match Report.

The weather gods served up another classic Saturday afternoon for the seconds’ substantial run chase on the #2 oval, with their finals chances in the balance.


Marty McIntosh and Daniel Cimoli began safely before one slipped through Cima’s defences in the sixth over – 1/13. Marty continued to look solid despite his long absence, and it was something of a surprise to see him bowled by a full length delivery in the 15th over. Worse was to follow a few minutes later when Anthony Waters copped a good nut before having a chance to settle, and at 3/28 Canterbury were pressing hard as the day threatened to unravel for the Eagles. Young Callan Stewart, playing his second turf match, came to the wicket and immediately looked the part in spite of the pressure. Drinks were taken without further incident, but at 3/39 the visitors had much the better of the first hour.


Callan continued to look the goods on resumption; a crisp drive here, a push into the gap there, plus the odd sundry kept the score ticking over and put a little pressure back onto the bowlers and fielders. The wicket had flattened out and become much easier to bat on, but just when it looked as though we were about to level up, Callan edged a drive to gully after a timely 33 (out of a partnership of 43). Anthony McIntosh arrived at 4/71, fresh from the previous week’s heroics with the ball, and looked as though he’d never been away from the game; tea was reached with the score at 101 with Macca in good shape on 20 and stand-in skipper Ron Murray holding up the other end after a patient (read: no shots) 22.


Macca was now scoring freely through the area between mid-wicket and mid-on, exacting a heavy toll on anything short. The half-century partnership was posted and the Eagles assumed the ascendancy soon after without having to take any great risks. The odd quiet over was generally followed by a productive one; Macca reached fifty and the score passed 150. The visitors looked mentally beaten and it began to show in the field, with a number of straightforward chances grassed from this point. Ronny also brought up a painstaking fifty after three hours at the crease, and by the final drinks break we were comfortably placed at 4/192, with a further 71 needed at the modest (in the conditions) asking rate of four an over. The 70-minute mini-session had yielded 91 without loss.


Macca continued on his merry way and when Ronny was bowled at 225 after a 154-run partnership, the mood in the Eagles’ camp was relaxed as Tim Rush laconically strode to the middle. Macca reached his third(?) second XI ton to generous applause, with a large group of first XI players having arrived at the ground following their win at East Doncaster. When he holed out soon after for 105 (10 fours, 2 sixes), the result was a formality and Mick Lowry went out to deliver the coup de grace. The target was reached with four overs in hand, Rushy finishing unbeaten on 22.


Cobbled together as it was from a mixture of retirees, juniors, and generally out-of-form players, it was gratifying to see the team pull together and get the job done convincingly, keeping the second XI’s finals prospects alive after Canterbury had the better of us for significant periods. Saka, you can pick up the keys on Tuesday!


Special mention to Anthony McIntosh who emerged from retirement to lead the side to victory with a stellar all-round display, and without a training session under his belt at that. Putting aside for a moment the considerable talent involved, Macca’s performance was an exercise in executing the basics – bowling full at the stumps, and putting away the loose balls while keeping out the good ones.


The team remains in sixth place and needs to keep winning, with La Trobe Uni and Surrey Hills (9th and 10th) to come (and a bye in between). We can’t all prepare the Anthony Mac way and succeed, so players are encouraged to get to training!


Canterbury 262 (Anthony McIntosh 6/21, Anthony Waters 2/37)
Marcellin 6/266 (Anthony McIntosh 105, Ron Murray 59, Callan Stewart 33, Tim Rush 22no)



Third XI. Willy to write report.


Match Reports – Last round before Christmas

1st XIThe Marcellin boys finish undefeated at the Christmas break with a close one day win against a determinedMont Albert side.  MOCCC 6/154 vs Mont Albert 7/150.  Special match report this week from Mick Dinneen – read more here.

2nd XI The 2nds just get done in the last over against Carey and finish the break with an even number of wins and loses.  The side must win 3 out of 4 after the break to ensure a finals campaign. Chasing up details for a match report.

3rd XI The 3rd XI change skippers to Ron Murray but not their results as they also remain unbeaten at Christmas.  Ron’s match report follows – read more.

Round 7 – 1st XI Match Report

Report by Mick.

Marcellin traveled to Mont Albert for the last game of 2008 to play a one day game due to the down pour the previous week.

John won the toss & elected to bat. Dean Wedding & Joel Donnellan opened up with Joel dismissed for a duck after he decided to try & pull a short ball and was caught in the 2nd over.

The skipper promoted himself to first drop, and after surviving an early scare after spooning one to mid off that happened to get fumbled, he went on to make the teams top score of 54. Dean was next out caught behind after chasing one, Mick Dinneen (11) didn’t stay around for long, Julian Black had a good little partnership with John until he was out bowled & that brought Stewy Kemp to the crease.

After Stew called for two centres, padded down a bit of the turf he looked like he was set to go & make a big score.  Bowler comes in, Stew plays a bit of French cricket & spoons one to close in fielder. His parents decided to come down & watch him play in the big time & I’ll I heard was “Poor Stew” & “How do you think he feels”.  Very very funny stuff.

Spiros Beasley & Dinish Jakhar put on a fantastic partnership of 50 until Marcellin had faced there 40 overs & made a great score of 153 on a rather big ground that did not have many boundaries scored.

Simon Fleming, back in the side after a game in the 2nds, opened Marcellins bowling attack with Joel Donnellan from the other end.

Sticksey bowled a fantastic line & length & picked up his first wicket when the Mont Albert opener smashed one to Joel in the gully.  Joel has dived & taken the best catch so far of the season in his left hand. Later he put down the easiest catch of all time after one was spooned to him.

 Julian Black bowled pretty well to bowl 10 straight. With 5 overs to go Mont Albert required 30 odd runs which left John Dinneen & Joel to bowl them out.  John bowled well & finished with  2/31  off his  10  overs.

The last over Mont Albert required  11 runs and Joel managed to keep it to 7. He also bowled well & Marcellin won by 3 runs.

After the game the skipper mentioned that we had a great first half of the season with being undefeated & in 2nd position. ( Mulgrave won outright against Richmond Union. )  With only four games remaining after the Christmas break, Marcellin 1sts are in a strong position to play finals for the first time in 6 years. Still a lot of cricket & hard work to do until then, so see you at training when we commence on Tuesday 6th January with selection on Thursday 8th January.

Next game is a two day match at East Doncaster on January 10th.

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to all.

Match Report – 3rd XI (Round 10)

A (mainly) youthful third XI ventured to leafy Glen Iris in the hope of keeping their unbeaten record intact against Hartwell, who were also undefeated aside from some forfeits. We won the toss and batted, but with David Tantsis-Hall running later than a Connex train, the top order was forced to shuffle up one position.


Cam Amos began brightly with 2,4 but was then caught off the shoulder of the bat, bringing Michael Gough to the crease in the first over of the match in his first game of senior cricket. Michael was out playing the wrong line in the fifth over, while reluctant opener David Bennett, also making his senior debut, did a reasonable job and lasted until the eleventh (3/33). Batting at #4, Ben Eva was showing plenty of poise at the other end; Hartwell’s Elliott displayed pace and ability many grades above this one and served up a stern test, but our boys managed to keep him wicketless in his first spell.


Hugh Harkin (15) reached double figures quickly before taking up the anchor role, and Ben assumed control before holing out shortly before drinks. Surviving successive dropped catches on the way to 32, his innings was far more valuable than it appears on paper, and the partnership of 48 revived Marcellin’s fortunes. Drinks were taken at the halfway with Marcellin 4/88 and the match on an even keel.


Hugh steered one to gully and Ryan Keys was caught off an edge, but Tim Rush and David Tantsis-Hall batted assuredly for the next 45 minutes, running well between wickets and compiling a crucial 59-run partnership. Dave top-scored with 34 before a miraculous catch ended his stay at 7/149; this proved to be a turning point which kept the match alive deep into the afternoon. Tim was caught for a timely 28 and the Eagles’ innings finished a little short of its potential at 9/177; while the middle 30 overs had yielded a healthy 5/153, we scored 4/24 from the other 10.


Two outstanding catches – Ryan Keys running backwards with the flight of the ball at point and Ben Eva’s diving effort behind the stumps – marked our first five overs in the field. Ron Murray and Rushy then successively rattled the woodwork to reduce the home side to 4/26, and the young Eagles were brimming with confidence despite the opener Atkinson emerging as a threat with his fine leg-side play. David Bennett gave his left-arm off-breaks plenty of air and was rewarded with a wicket off his fifth ball in senior cricket, thanks to Rushy’s good hands at square leg. He struck again with an edge to Cam Amos at slip, but with Atkinson now displaying a full repertoire of impressive strokes, the decision was taken to rest him with runs becoming important. The over before drinks realised a further 20, and our boys went to the break slightly chastened at 6/99 (Atkinson 65*).


David Tantsis-Hall was introduced and immediately began landing his flat leggies, and a titanic battle ensued between he and Atkinson upon which the fate of the match ultimately hinged. At the other end, Ronny found an edge to give Ben his second catch, but Hartwell’s growing momentum was typified by the five runs conceded when the ball struck Ben Eva’s discarded helmet. Atkinson was now receiving support from the #9 and the score rapidly progressed to 150 with plenty of overs remaining, and the home side became vocal from the sidelines; when Dave finally got a quicker one past Atkinson’s blazing bat after a brilliant 89, the relief amongst our boys was palpable. Five balls later, Ryan Keys again displayed good judgement in the deep to close out the game. Our side’s fielding was excellent throughout on a surface that was occasionally treacherous, and gave us a significant edge in a close game. Apologies to Chris Bloink and Ged Logan who were intended to be staples of the bowling attack but received limited opportunities; both were fine contributors in the field.


The game was played in good weather and good spirit, and the right result capped an enjoyable day’s cricket. Despite missing the talent and experience of team leaders such as skipper Phil Spinella and Jeff Crimmins, our boys displayed talent and maturity beyond their years and can be proud of their efforts. Particular mention goes to Tim Rush who turned in an accomplished all-round performance, while Ben Eva is promising as a ‘keeper-batsman; both have a bright future in higher grades.


Marcellin 9/177 (D.S.K.Tantsis-Hall 34, B.Eva 32, T.Rush 28)

Hartwell O.C.G. 153 (R.Murray 3/44, T.Rush 2/15, D.Bennett 2/22, D.S.K.Tantsis-Hall 2/24)

Match Reports – Round 6

Round 2 of the 20-20 knockout comp on Tuesday night (9th Dec) at Donvale starting at 5.30pm.

The first XI had a disappointing draw against Mazenod due to rain washing out the last few overs with Marcellin in an unbeatable positon.  Still waiting for part two of Stuwie and Joel’s report.

The second XI had a solid win.

The third XI continue the juggernaught with another win and stay undefeated.

Read here for all the details

Match Reports – Round 6

1st XI.  Match report PARTII by Joel and Stu. (great work boys).

Note from the editor – I think the boys are a little harsh on Mick.  Mick will get his chance next week as the guest reporter.

To word simply, a frustrating game of cricket was embarked on this week for the Marcellonians. The constant rain delays and let’s say a neglection of a certain star spinner caused the match to be disappointingly called a draw with the eagles being just 2 wickets from victory. Despite this the match was fought out spiritedly. After posting what would be a difficult total to chase down in 291 the highlight of course being the heart-warmingly amazing knock by the ‘weddler’, it truly was a nice day for a Dean Wedding, the Mazenod men looked primed for a fight with a spirited warm up and preparation to the day’s game. The warm up this week for us was one to set as a benchmark for the weeks to come with the practice stump being cherried many time and the line and length being bowled by the bowlers being supreme. The highlight of course being the concluding hit of the stump by a pumped up Dinesh.


We walked out to play in what looked to be excellent conditions, it wasn’t to be though! After a solid and yet stifled opening stand of 43 by the Nods we struck, mainly due to the excellent line and length bowled by both openers ‘Jok’ Donnellan and the Black man. Soon after this the Mazenodians crumbled with the Marcellin men taking wicket after wicket. The weather though by this stage was looking ominous with one rain delay already notched down. Highlights being the debut of Howsam with the ball, bowling with some great fire, Chubba doing his usual…taking wickets and Sandeep who also debuted with the ball taking his first wicket after a good stumping by Mick Dinneen. This however would be Micks only highlight of the match…with a truly epic lowlight still to come. For avid readers of the match report, a detailed description of Micks spectacular dropped catch will follow soon. The fielding also was solid especially due to the trying conditions. Good catches from Dinesh, Stuey and Beazer set the Marcellin fielding standard.


Mazenod found themselves at 7 for 88 clinging to life, it is yet to be proven, but it was whispered that the great ‘jago’ was on bended knee begging for the downpour that would draw the match. A few excellent overs later where the bat was being beaten consistently by Joel the weather had become truly testing. The several rain delays had taken its toll on the match and even an energetic game of…yelling ‘miiiiiick’ after every ball was bowled couldn’t get the game over the line. The game ended in a draw with the points being shared.


Now for a few quotes, the honourable Julian Black, “it’s the worst display of fielding I have ever seen”, the wise Stuart Kemp, “probably one of the more disgusting displays of keeping to have tainted my pure eyes”, The Great Chubba, “it was yucky, very yucky”. It what can be described as only, ‘hideous’, the once respected now disgraced Mick ‘iron gloves’ Dinneen dropped possibly the easiest catch ever by a wicket keeper. The ball was lovingly edged of Joel’s bowling by the luckiest batsmen to grace the lyons oval with barely a deflection but the noise being clear as day. It travelled comfortably towards the wicket keeper, where he didn’t have to move a millimetre but it all went wrong. The reinforced concrete Mick likes to put in his gloves had done enough to get the ball to bounce immediately out and onto the unforgiving pitch. It is rumoured that Dan Cimoli’s jaw hit the ground also in clear shock and appal…………………….! (its ok Mick we still love you, well everyone but joel hehe)


Next week a HUUUUGE match away against excellent outfit in Mont Albert. Till then ….GO EAGLES




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2nd XI.

After the week 1 wash-out, the MOCCC lads arrived at Stradbroke Park to play Deepdene Bears, confident with the strong bowling line up assembled.

They did not disappoint their fans, with a convincing 8 wicket win.  Deepdene won the toss and batted, and were all out for 91.  MOCCC scored 2/93 off 23 overs to win easily, however had a few rain delays to contend with before winning.

The MOCCC bowling attack was simply too fast and too good.  Simon Fleming and Tom Donnellan beat the bat regularly with their pace, whilst Daniel Day bowled his usual consistent line and length to prove hard to score off.  Patrick Sexton, whilst wicketless, continues to impress, whilst Captain Sakowski bowled tightly at the end.

Special mention to Rob De Maria who kept wickets very well in difficult conditions for a keeper.  Also special mention to Paul Dinneen for his excellent fielding including a special one handed catch at backward square leg.

Bowling figures were:

Fleming 8-1-3-19, Day 6-4-0-7, T Donnellan 10-2-1-31, Sexton 4-0-0-11, J Sakowski 7.5-2-3-15  

We had too many bowling options on the day to give everyone a go with the ball – apologies to Peter French, Tom Gargano, Anthony Waters and Ron Murray. When it came our turn to bat, we opened up well with Murray and Paul Dinneen sharing in an opening stand of 42, before Murray was bowled for a well made 19.  Dinneen was next to go, trying to force the pace when it looked like raining, caught for a very good 36.  Both Murray and Dinneen played some delightful shots in their innings – they complement each other as an opening combination. Rob De Maria and Tom Donnellan came together and guided the MOCCC lads to a comfortable victory, with both being young players of very good potential with the bat.

Batting stats:

Murray 19, P Dinneen 36, De Maria 11NO, T Donnellan 21NO – total 2/93

It is great that we can have a good mix of 6 players under the age of 21 in the team, blended with a bit of experience, and still win so convincingly.  Great future signs for the club.

3rd XI The boys win again – Phil to add report shortly.

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.


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.