First XI: Marcellin 4/142 defeated Mulgrave 120
The Sunday round 1reserve day against Mulgrave was played up on the Number One oval at Marcellin and drew a large family crowd. The eagles won the toss and had a bat on a fast paced deck and very slow thick outfield.
Deano and Joel got us off to the best start for the year making a partnership of 76 at 3 an over. The boys ran exceptionally well between wickets and scored off the loose ball. The Mulgrave team set an early defensive field which made scoring even harder then the long grass. Blackie replaced Joel and was out stumped trying to push the scoring rate along with plenty of wickets in hand. Chubba and Deano put on 30 until Chubba was out caught for 18 and then MIck Dinneen fired Deano trying to turn a one into a two. Beaser and Mick pushed to the end of 40 overs with the final score being 4/142 with Deano top scoring with 46, Joel 42, Mick 21no, Chubba 18.
Deano and Joel played a fantastic hand with good supporting roles from a few others.
We were confident that 142 would be enough on a slow outfield if we bowled like we had for the previous three games. Dan Day bowled a very tight opening spell with Sticks trying hard at the other end after a large night at his 30th Birthday. Sticks was bowling with good pace but couldn’t control his line so Joel was introduced into the attack earlier then normal. Dan Day struck at his end with another setup in close catch followed by Joel knocking over the next two batsmen at his end. Chubba bowled a couple of tight overs from the scoreboard end and then introduced Beaser at the same end which had an immediate impact with a near run out and near catch. Blackie replaced Joel and bowled in Tandum with Beaser. The Marcellin boys bowled tight however Mulgrave were still on target needing 5 an over. Wickets continued to fall as the Mulgrave team tried to pickup the pace. Both Beaser and Blackie picked up 3 wickets each. In the end, our bowling was strong enough to support a good score with the bat and the Marcellin boys keep their unbeaten record after 4 rounds.
Second XI: East Doncaster 9/73 defeated Marcellin 67
On Sunday 9 November, the MOCCC lads rocked up for their away game re-scheduled from Round 1 against East Doncaster …… at home after the East Donnie lads couldn’t raise a home deck. The match was a 40 over a side one dayer.
The lads were greeted with a typical Marcellin flat track which was likely to keep low at various stages during the day. When captain Sakowski won the toss and batted, he could not imagine the way the game was to turn out. In another thriller after the previous round against Richmond City finalized the day before, the MOCCC lads again went down by just one wicket. MOCCC made 67 in 29.5 overs. In reply, East Doncaster made 9/73 off 34 overs when the match was called off.
Steve Kost and Ron Murray started well, however the partnership was broken when Kost shuffled across on the crease and was hit in front by a ball that kept a bit low. Murray followed shortly after, score 2/14. Young bucks Rob De Maria and Damian Howsam both looked in control, and took the score to 43 when both players went, Howsam caught in the covers for 22 and De Maria bowled for 6. Wickets then fell with regularity, with East Doncaster bowling a disciplined line and length aided by poor execution by MOCCC. Result – all out for 67.
Captain Sakowski asked for a fighting effort in reply in the field, and got it in spades, where the boys almost pulled off an improbably victory. Opening bowlers Damian Howsam and Peter French had the East Doncaster boys in all sorts of trouble with 3 wickets each in the first 7 overs, score 6/16. Both bowled excellent spells, with Howsam particularly aggressive and fired up. East Doncaster then consolidated with a good seventh wicket partnership of 31 between captain Jordan and Cauchi. Captain Sakowski threw his bowlers around trying to get a break-through. Eventually Sakowski took the number 7 Cauchi, score 7/47 in over 21. Howsam struck again in overs 28 and 30 to have East Doncaster 9/62. Captain Sakowski was controlling proceedings at the northern end, and had the East Doncaster team in two minds, however finished his 10 over spell in over 31 with the figures of 1/4. Captain Jordan was still in, and with Sakowski out of the attack, appeared more comfortable, and finished the job in the next couple of overs, finishing 32 not out in a match winning knock.
In summary, great effort in the field and with the ball, but the batting was woeful.
MOCCC 10/67 – Kost 8, Murray 4, De Maria 6, Howsam 22, P Dinneen 5, French 1, Keogh 1, Gargano 6, Jakhar 0 not out, Sakowski 6, Sexton 0.
East Doncaster 9/73:
Howsam 10-2-5-31 – excellent performance, good aggression and pace. Came back for a second spell which was pleasing.
French 5-2-3-13 – another good performance from Frenchie who is showing more consistency this year. Needs to iron out the bad balls that were not punished today.
Sexton 3-0-0-5 – first bowl for 2 years. A bit short, but good pace.
Sakowski 10-6-1-4 – very accurate and tidy spell.
S Jakhar 4-1-0-8 – only OK, a bit loose at times.
Murray 2-1-0-5 – good line and length, but lacked penetration.