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.

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 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




Click here for the Scorebook.

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.

Junior Match Reports – Round 4

Under 12b:

After winning the toss & batting, the Marcellin innings got underway solidly with openers Sean Phillips Williams (15no) & Nick Welsh (12) seeing off the Box Hill opening bowlers. Marcus Alessi (7) & Rosie Dillon (13) continued scoring until marcus coped a beauty. Lucas Spinella was controversially given out caught behind but not before making a quick fire (17). Bailey Mallia batted well for his (11no) whilst Lucas Stambos went for the big shot early only to be out caught.  Chris Welsh & Julian Spinella remained unbeaten, enabling the retired top order batsman to have another crack towards the end of the innings.


A shortened morning tea was consumed by all as players took to the field in search of early wickets. Some sharp work by Rosie in the field forced a run out  in the 2nd over of the innings, & a sharp Yorker by Rosie in the next over saw the middle stump uprooted.

The slinging action of Lucas Stambos knocked over a third Box Hill top order batsman before a straight one from Lucas Spinella had the home team in dire straits at 4/7 after only just 5 overs. A second brilliant piece of fielding from Rosie found the batsman short of his ground for a second runout which became infectious  as Lucas Spinella added 2 more run outs & a catch to cap an excellent day in the field by the Marcellin team. The Welsh boys firstly Nick with 2 wickets & Chris with 1 cleaned up the remaining Box Hill batsman aided by  brilliant catches from Marcus Alessi & Sean Phillips Williams to wrap up a convincing victory away from home.


Marcellin 7/112   def    Box Hill 65


Player of The Match:    Nicholas Welsh 12 runs & 3 overs 2/11


Under 12c:

Amid mass confusion our Round 5 class against Surrey Hills was in jeopardy as players from both teams arrived only to find that our ground allocation was taken up by the school team. After pleading (1 VB Slab) to the Carey Grammar grounds staff for support, we finally got the game underway all be it at 9:00am.


Early break throughs from Conner Firth & Michael Tsalikis combined with a run out from Alec Morris had the visitors 3/23 after 8 overs. The scoring tempo was raised but not before inform bowlers Alex Morris & Christian Kogoi crashed the defense’s of the Surrey Hills middle order. With 76 as the total we knew that the young Marcellin Eagles would have to find something extra to overhaul the target set.


Alex Morris (2 no) together with cousin Sammy Sammit (19 no) gave the team the exact start we were after by putting on an unbeaten 29 for the first wicket stand. Christian Cogoi added (5) with the ever reliable Matthew Difazio helping himself to (6no). Zac Elsbury who is having a bumber season with the bat was out for (4) with Connor Firth (4no) rounding off a great allround performance with both Bat & ball. In the end we could only manage 69 to narrowly go down by a handful of runs for the second week in a row. Some encouraging signs from our bowlers with only 31 no balls & wides conceded . A vast improvement from our previous match.




Marcellin 6/69  lost to Surrey Hills 5/76


Man of the Match:

Connor Firth for his highest score of 4 runs no & bowling figures of 1/3

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.