Last Saturday saw MOCCC claim its second premiership for the season when Chris Wall’s boys brought home the bacon. With the match fortuitously switched to Marcellin’s own Gartner Fields, a tidy bowling performance saw the visitors restricted to 8/155. The chase became tense toward the end when three wickets fell in the space of 14 runs but the Eagles reached the target with four wickets to spare, the day capped off by premiership celebrations at the Skinny Dog Hotel in Kew. The team limped over the line in the end with key players unavailable through injury, and a couple of the remaining eleven also restricted. At full strength the team looks capable of making it back-to-back flags in LOC4 next year. Well done fellas.
The previous Sunday, Dennet Merton’s band of aging warriors also achieved victory in the veterans XI’s debut season. Playing on the pristine #1 oval at Marcellin, the Eagles were held to the modest total of 9/115 by some tight bowling, led by Jeff Crimmins’ 3/14 against his club of almost 40 years! But our bowlers were well up to the task and bundled out Richmond City for 66 to take the Box Hill Reporter Distict Cricket Competition premiership and remain undefeated. A great effort – congratulations to all involved in the concept, which is sure to gather strength next season.
The Under 14 semi-final was played last Sunday but unfortunately for Steve Williams’ lads, rain interfered with MOCCC in a good position to knock off top side Bulleen. At 0/27 chasing 8/162, our season came to an end as a result of our lower ladder position. Bad luck fellas; the club hopes to see you all back playing 14′s and 16′s next season.
All that remains is for the first and second XI’s to finish off a brilliant, if rain-hampered, season for the club by claiming their respective Grand Finals on this upcoming last Saturday of the season. Both games are in the balance, with the ones chasing 283 for victory against Boronia at batsman-friendly Surrey Park, while the seconds are looking to defend 238 at Koonung Park with Mont Albert already underway at 1/38. Support from the wider MOCCC community will help the boys across the line, so get to one of the games this weekend if you can.