The club has made its best start ever with 7 wins from 7 games with the 1st XI winning on Sunday by 195 runs, the 2nd XI defending 218 to win by 37 runs and the 3rd XI again chasing down the big total of 242 with overs to spare. All sides should be placed on top of the respective ladders.
1sts Marcellin 8/275 defeated Richmond Union 80
The first XI travelled to Kevin Bartlett Reserve on Sunday to play a two day match against Richmond Union. We won the toss and decided to have a bat on a good wicket and lush outfield.
Stuey Kemp and Joel Donnellan opened up with Joel playing some lovely shots on both sides of the wicket until Stuey got bowled for 1 by a seaming delivery. Joel got hit in front on 11 and was out LBW shortly after. Daniel Cimoli came and went for 4 after coping a jagging delivery in his loins and then edging a wide one next ball. 3 for 20 was not the perfect start the skipper was looking for.
John Dinneen arrived at the crease and played a few shots until he hit a half pitcher straight down Mid Off’s throat and trudged off for 15 with the score on 4/45.
The batsmen then took over with Dean Wedding and Speros Beasley putting on a 68 run stand before Beaser was very stiff to be stumped after the ball from a spinner hit the keeper pads and cannoned into the stumps with beaser out of his ground. Rob DeMaria and Deano put on 40 odd before Rob missed one on 22. Deano was next out for a well compiled 68 and was the backbone of the innings. Julian Black was slowly building a score and was involved in two forty odd run partnerships with Deano and then Pual Dinneen who made a solid 14 towards the end. Sticks (“Pickles”) and Julian batted together for the last nine overs of the game with Julian finishing on 55 not out and Sticks on 20 not out.
Deano, Beaser, Julian, and Rob all produced very solid workman like efforts and we had five partnerships of more then 40 runs each. Deano played an extremely well paced innings, Beaser was very punishing on the bad ball, Julian and Rob followed in Deano’s footsteps with some lovely shotmaking and batsmanship. Paul and Sticks chimed in at the end and got the job done with sensible batting.
275 next Sunday should be plenty as long as we bowl and catch well.
Fleming and Day opened the bowling and the eagles stuck in the 2nd over of the day with Dan Cimoli taking a streamer at gully off Dan Day. Dan Day stuck again in his second over with debutant Rob DiMaria taking his first catch behind the stumps. Sticks picked up his first wicket in the 13th over with a catch at 3rd slip and then Joel Donnellan stuck next over with another catch by Rob DiMaria. The Marcellin boys had Richmond well and truly on the back foot at 4 for 20.
The Richmond Union boys worked hard for the next 20 overs and defended a very strong Marcellin bowling line up. Julian Black stuck just before tea for a 3rd caught behind to Rob DiMaria and the score at the break was 5-53.
Sticks was made to have a long warm up during the tea break and opened up the second half of the day with Speros Beasley who was bowling some lovely outswing. Sticks was a little wayward but worked hard and was duly rewarded with two wickets in two balls thanks to a couple of full deliveries on off stump. Dinneen took over from the Southern end with some leggies and Dan Cimoli was introduced into the attack when the score reached 80 off 56 overs. Dan stuck twice in 3 balls with a sharply turning off spinner that knocked over the Rickmond Union Captains off stump and followed up with a doosra third ball that hit the last batsmen on the back leg and in front of the stumps.
The Marcellin boys deserved the win with some good bowling and solid fielding. Fleming (3-22 off 17) Day (2-19 off 11) Donnellan (1-1 off 5) Black (1-14 off 9) Beasley (0-21 off 11) Dinneen (0-3 off 4) Cimoli (2-0 off 0.3)
2nds Marcellin 218 defeated Donvale 181
Donvale won the toss, and on what appeared to be a very good batting strip, decided to bowl.
Marcellin, in an excellent team performance, made 10/218. At stumps, after facing 4 overs, Donvale is 0/4. Marcellin, with a good bowling attack, can reasonably expect to make it 2 wins from 2 matches next week.
Ron Murray and Dinesh Jakhar opened the batting. Murray moved too far across, and was bowled leg stump for 1. Anthony Waters, Rob Andrews and Sandeep Jakhar followed soon after – score 4/29. Damian Howsam looked good for his 16, but played one on – score 5/48. It looked to be an earlier than expected field for the Marcellin lads, however, the middle and lower order dug in, and provided excellent support for Dinesh Jakhar.
Dinesh, in his second game for the club, made a very well compiled 87 (ninth batsman out). A feature of his innings was his patience, with very few balls being hit into the air.
Peter French confirmed his status as a useful middle order batsman, coming in at number 7, and making a good 30. Other good middle order support came from Trev Keogh 27, who looked as good as most could remember. A good last wicket partnership of 36 from Tom Gargano 24 and Julian Sakowski 12 took the score to 218.
Innings summary – Murray 1, D Jakhar 87, Waters 1, Andrews 8, S Jakhar 3, Howsam 16, French 30, Lowry 4, Keogh 27, Gargano 24 NO, Sakowski 12, Sundries 5 – total 218.
The Marcellin lads had 4 overs at the end of the day to make a dent into Donvale’s top order, but could not break through, score 0/4.
After making 218 last week, MOCC started day 2 of its match against Donvale with Donvale 0/4.
In a good bowling performance, MOCCC dismissed Donvale for 181 in the 63rd over, winning by 37 runs. The fortunes of the day swung the way of both sides at various stages. The MOCCC lads started slowly in te field after a poor preparation, however came good as the day went on.
Donvale opener Pitts made 56, and lower order Strachan made 52 NO, otherwise the bowlers were on top.
Opening bowlers Peter French and Julian Sakowski bowled tidily without success, before Damian Howsam was brought into the attack, and in a good spell of 5 overs, picked up 2/6. Frenchy bowled (what he claims to be) a calculated full toss, and caught and bowled the number 4, score 3/70.
Sandeep Jakhar came into the attack bowling his left arm orthodox, and picked up a couple of wickets. Donvale went to tea at 5/107.
Jakhar picked up the key wicket of opener Pitts shortly after tea. With the score at 6/107, the lads looked set for an easy win. However captain Sakowski cautioned against thinking the match was won, and this proved to be the case with the Donvale lower order showing plenty of pluck.
Eventually, Sakowski took the last 4 wickets of the innings to close the match.
French (14-2-1-24) – bowled with good control. Possibly most consistent bowling performance for the club.
Murray (1-1-0-0) – unlucky not to get a bowl on day 2. Victim of having 8 bowlers in the side.
Sakowski (13.3-5-4-24) – wiley old dog.
Waters (4-0-0-32) – too short, but better than that.
Howsam (8-2-2-28) – turned the match in first spell. Very talented all rounder.
S Jakhar (16-4-3-36) – great debut performance with the ball for the club. Bowled with good control and flight.
Gargano (3-0-0-8) – another bowler who suffered from too many bowlers in the side. Bowled well when asked.
D Jakhar (3-1-0-15) – wicket-keeper for most of the day. Came on late in the day wih his leggies when Donvale looked to be taking control. Either too slow through the air or pushed through mediums. Needs to work in the nets to get it right.
In summary, a good tidy win, with some good performances on both days to put pressure on players in the 1st XI to perform.
3rds Marcellin 9/245 defeated AYC 7/242
Match report on the way