First XI. Beaser’s Match Report.
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.
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.