DONNELLAN’S 1st XI
The 1st XI lost the toss and were asked to have a bowl against the Ashburton Willows boys. Simon Sticks Fleming and Joel Jock Donnellan opened the bowling and did a great job in keeping the score under 2 an over withsome fast tight bowling. Julian Blackie Black and Tom Junior Donnellan took over the bowling in the 15th over and continue the tight bowling to the half way drinks break. Sticks and Tom had both picked up a wicket anda run out right on drinks had the Ashy boys approx 3/45 after 20 overs. Blackie and Tom continued after drinks withTom picking up his second bowled wicket. Speros Beaser Beasley and John Chubba Dinneen were introduced in the 24th over and continued on the good work. Beaserpicked up two wickets with his out-swingers , Chubba one and Sticks came on for the final two overs and picked up the eighth wicket in his last over (just before being hit for a massive six straight down the ground.) A couple of dropped catches were the only blemish on a very good display first up. Stuwie and Joel were lively in the field along with Julian who just missed two run out attempts by the narrowest of margins. Ashy made 8/101 after their 40 overs.
After a fantastic Tim Naughton tea and full strength cordial, Beaser and Stuwie open the batting. The Ashy boys bowled well early, especially from their skipper (Arvs) and the Marcellin boys took their time to get going. Beaser started to hit his straps with a straight six and four consecutive fours. Stuwie was the first man out for 4 however had helped put on a solid 41 first partnership. Blackie was in next and got a very good one second ball to be caught behind for a duck. Deano and Beaser moved the score on to 57 before Beaser was out. French came, looked good early but missed one shortly after to be out for 3. Chubba and Deano got together and with some cover drives and straight hits down the ground, quickly moved the score from 60 to the required 103 with 12 overs to spare. Deano finished on 14* and Chubba 32*.
A great start for the 1st XI as well as the 2nd and 3rds with the club picking up 3 wins from 3.
We now play on the next two SUNDAYS at Kevin Bartlett Reserve against Richmond Union.
The MOCCC second XI played at Mont Albert’s postage stamp ground at Elgar Park in the season opening round 2, after round 1 was washed out.
Captain Sakowski lost the toss, and Mont Albert decided to bat on what looked to be a good batting deck. This proved to be the case. Mont Albert batted well throughout their innings, and looked set for a big score at over 30 when they were 3/143. However some good bowling and fielding in the last 10 overs restricted them to 4/190 at the conclusion of 40 overs.
Waters and Murray opened the bowling, both bowling well without luck. Waters beat the outside edge on a number of occasions, and Murray bowled a consistent line and length. First change bowlers Rush and Gargano were a little bit expensive, but did not bowl badly. The opposition batsmen were well set, andtook advantage of the small ground and good batting pitch.
Spinners Sakowski and Dinesh Jakhar bowled out the last 17 overs of the innings between them. Both were reasonably accurate, with changes of pace leading to indecision by the batsmen. Special mention to Rob Di Maria in his first game for the club, who was very competent behind the stumps.
Bowling figures: Waters 6-1-18-0, Murray 7-2-21-1, Rush 6-1-39-0, Gargano 4-0-25-0, Sakowski 9-0-40-0, D Jakhar 8-0-41-2
The Marcellin lads were confident that the target of 191 was achievable given the conditions. We boys took the game in the 39th over, and played out the 40th over just to be sure. We made 8/197 in reply. Murray and Cimoli opened the batting, and put on a good opening partnership of 49. Cimoli was particularly punishing on anything loose, and made a good 51. Waters at number 3 provided good support with 16. Dinesh Jakhar backed up his good performance with the ball with a solid 38.
Everyone contributed in the middle order – Di Maria, Keogh, Gargano, Amos and Rush. This was a large factor in our win – i.e. a team effort. Most batsmen got themselves out through poor shot selection. This needs to be worked on in the nets.
Batting stats: Murray 8, Cimoli 51, Waters 16, S Jakhar 5, D Jakhar 38, Di Maria 8, Keogh 9, Gargano 14, Amos 17 NO, Rush 14 NO, Sakowski DNB.
Next week – Marcellin v Donvale at home. 1:00pm start, be there by 12:00pm, bring afternoon tea.
Bright & Sunny conditions greeted us upon arriving at Marcellin for the season opener against Boronia Churches. After losing the toss we took to the field with a team made up of spirited youngsters including Ged Logan, Callan Stewart, Ben Eva, & Patrick Sexton along with some ‘old dinosaurs’ in Crimmo, Rob Andrews, Kosty & Paul Dinneen.
Crimmo took the new ball & not surprisingly bowled with the wind, leaving youngster Patrick Sexton the task of bowling into it. Both openers took on the responsibility well with Crimmo coming up against another cagey fox who was proving difficult to move. Patrick Sexton was producing a fiery spell from the other end & troubled both openers. Once the initial breakthrough arrived courtesy of a Crimmo ‘off cutter’ the game seem to take a turn for the visiting team. Patrick Sakowski was introduced with immediate impact. Bowling his new ‘sucker ball’ Patrick was able to claim 4 wickets & narrowly missed out on his first 5 wicket hall for the club. Word from the second’s is that there leading spinner is under some early season pressure after Pat’s stirring performance in the 3rd’s.
Ged Logan showed his value with the ball knocking over the last couple of batsman in a fine display of line & length bowling.
After the break Paul Dinneen & Kosty got the score board moving until Paul was brilliantly caught & bowled by the Boronia opening bowler. Kosty was playing some of his trusty off side slashers until he was out for a well made 25. Rob Andrews together with yours truly pushed the scoring rate along to record an unbeaten 90 run stand which saw us comfortably home. Fair to say that running between the wickets was not a major highlight of the Andrews/Spinella partnership. A great win to kick off the season by the boys.
Boronia Churches 127 lost to Marcellin OCCC 2/129