The Marcellin innings got underway in cautious style with openers Sean Phillips Williams & Nick Welsh seeing off the NB opening bowlers. Lucas Spinella & Rosie Dillon attempted to push the scoring along until Lucas was bowled by an off break for 11. This brought Marcus Alessi to the crease for his first hit of the summer & he didn’t disappoint the mass’s. Together with Rosie Dillon (21no) Marcus brought up his highest first class score remaining on (31no). Lucas Stambos was again handy with the bat until he received a good one, but Marcellin looked to have the run chase in hand at 3/115. With some tight opposition bowling the North Balwyn boys update the required run rate which saw us lose some middle order wickets very cheaply making the job tough for the lower order batsman. We unfortunately fell just short of the target with Rosie needing to leave early for a prior engagement. With some extra hard work I’m sure we have a team that will be very competitive in the B grade comp this season.
Marcellin 9/138 lost to North Balwyn 7/154.
Man of The Match: MARCUS ALESSI 31 no
A keen Marcellin outfit prepared for the return battle against North Balwyn whom we defeated in the first match of the season. Captain Zac Elsbury bravely sent the opposition in & handed the ball to Alec “Junior Cubba” Morris who had immediate success on the
Second ball of the match after Matthew Difazio held on to a firmly struck shot. The scoring rate off the bat was extremely slow however our bowlers’ discipline had seemingly deserted them from the previous weeks’ good performance. Connor Firth took the scalp of the Bulls number 6 batsman for his first wicket of the season. An additional 4 wickets were missed from no balls as the illegal delivery tally soared to a record high 54.
Put simply, 54 runs were added to the North Balwyn team total which only returned 26 runs off the batsman. The one shinning light in an otherwise disappointing bowling performance was from youngster Alexander Hodder who bowled 3 overs 1/4 in a great individual performance.
Our batting didn’t fare any better losing the wickets of Difazio (4), Morris (1) & Jose Ablaza with the score on 11. First gamer Sammy Samitt (8) got the scoreboard moving as he was joined in the middle by inform batsman Micheal Tsalikis (6 no). Connor Firth (2) made his first runs of the season as Sean Hibberd (2no) showed that he could develop into a handy all round cricketer with some additional net practice. Julian Spinella (5no) together with Zac “killer” Elsbury (6no) gave the home team a scare at the end as the game tightened up thanks to some great running between wickets from the pair.
Marcellin 7/74 CC lost to North Balwyn 3/84 CC
Man of the Match:
Alexander Hodder – 3 overs 1 wicket for 4 runs