We required the support required from the North Balwyn CC in agreeing to reschedule the opening game of the season in order tokick off the season. Featuring a good mix of experienced players & a crop of youngsters 8 year old Julian Spinella , 9 year old Jose Ablaza & Christian Kogoi were presented with their respective baggy maroon caps. We also welcomed back Alec Morris after a year off chasing his dream in the IPL.
After losing the toss we were sent in to bat in overcast conditions. Keen to do well, Josh Sassella (15 no ) & Mick “the PM “ Williams (9 no) got us off to a dream start to be no wicket for 34 after 6 overs. Lucas Spinella (23 no) supported by Liam Bartholomeusz (3 no) rocketed the scoring along to 72 for no loss after just 11 overs. Our opening stand of 108 runs goes into the record books at Marcellin. OCC for the highest opening stand by a junior team. (I just made it up, but it might be fact). Zac Elsbury (4) strode out to the middle in search of the holy grail of a score greater than 15 to receive his lucrative bonus that could one day bring the club down into financial ruin. But we live on.
Our innings came to a compulsory close after 24 overs with the core on 3 for 123 meaning the North Balwyn Bulls would need a big performance to over run the large target set.
Our bowlers were right on song taking the early ascendancy with wickets to Tom Morgan & Christian Kogoi bowling almost unplayable leg spin. Liam Bartholomeusz & Lucas Spinella struck in each of there first over as did M.Williams courtesy of a brilliant catch to Matthew Difazio. Matty then picked up his first wicket for the season after a brilliant take by young Julian Spinella.
In the end Marcellin was far too strong for the boys from the other side of the Freeway.
Marcellin 3/123 def North Balwyn 77
Man of the Match:
Zac Elsbury for his highest score of 4 runs & best bowling figures of 0/7