1st XI: Marcellin vs Hawthorn 191
We turned up at Hawthorn to be greeted by a rough outfield and a pitch with a little give in it from the rain the morning before. Both Captains agreed to delay the start by 30 minutes. Hawthorn won the toss and batted. It turned out to be a good choice with the pitch playing quite well with the exception of a few jagging balls. All bowlers bowled a good line and length without really troubling the batsman Hawthorn batted as well as any side we have played this season. Our bowlers kept the run rate down to 2 an over and we had them 2 for 80 odd after 38 overs. We progressively picked up wickets as the tempo increased towards the end of the day and bowled out Hawthorn for 191 in the last over. We will need to bat well to get the 191 however with a strong batting line up we approach next Saturday full of confidence.
Performances: Joel took 2/20, Blackie 2/40, Sticks bowled well for his 4/48, Dan Day bowled very tight again 0/17, Beaser 1/27, Dinish 0/0 and Chubba 1/24.
2nd XI: Marcellin 158 vs Burwood 2/28
The MOCCC 2nd XI lads rocked up at MOCCC Park with a spring in their step, which was accentuated when captain Sakowski won the toss and elected to bat. MOCCC was featuring perhaps its most talented line-up for the season. However what looked to be a silk purse turned into a sows ear, with an ordinary performance with the bat to be all out for 158. Not a total disaster, but with the talent we had, it was not good enough.
The deck was good, with a bit of extra bounce in it relative to usual. The innings started well with a good opening stand of 40 between Jon Bortolotto and Ron Murray. Murray struggled for most of his innings, but at least valued his wicket, which is more than can be said for most in the team. He was bowled in over 18 for 8. Bortolotto followed shortly after, run out somewhat unluckily for 27, after backing up too far, score 2/43. Rob De Maria and Damian Howsam started what looked to be a promising third wicket partnership before De Maria was caught behind for 7, score 3/65. Howsam was punishing on anything loose in his usual manner, but chased one too many and was caught behind for 26, score 4/93. In a performance disappointing for one with his experience, Paul Dinneen spooned one into covers in the last over before tea for 2, score 5/103. Meanwhile Tim Montagna was showing the spine his team-mates craved for, being 17 NO at tea.
After tea, Peter French and Montagna showed some pluck for about 10 overs, before French missed a straight one, bowled for 11, score 6/130. Montagna went 7 overs later, fooled by a crap full toss, and was caught and bowled for a well compiled 43, score 7/145. Captain Sakowski continued with the jelly-fish theme of the day, bowled by the ubiquitous straight one for a blob, score 8/153. Andy Keogh thought that he too would keep with the theme, and chased one, caught behind for 7, score 9/153. Sandeep Jakhar did the same, caught behind going for the big shot for 2, all out for 158. Patrick Sexton was left 1 NO.
Some would say amazingly, but the Burwood bowlers, feeling sorry for the MOCCC lads, contributed 24 sundries to challenge for second top score of the innings. They tried valiantly, but were just pipped!! That the MOCCC lads could only manage 134 off the bat, dismissed in 56 overs, on a good MOCCC strip probably says a bit about where we are at. We then took the ball for 15 overs, and thanks to a good opening spell by Howsam and French, put enough pressure on the Burwood bats to have them 2/28 at stumps. Both wickets were taken by French, in a very good display of swing bowling. Both wickets were claimed LBW. Patrick Sexton also put in a couple of good overs at the end of the day, narrowly missing taking a wicket or two. This good performance with the ball at the end of the day has the MOCCC lads in with some sort of a chance if they continue to bowl well. With their attack, they are capable.
Bowling figures – Howsam 5-1-0-11, French 6-1-2-11, Sexton 3-1-0-5, Sakowski 1-1-0-0.
3rd XI: Marcellin 9/294 defeated East Doncaster 109
After winning the toss & electing to bat first, the Marcellin boys felt chock full of confidence despite us fielding 7 teenagers in the team for the clash against East Doncaster. James Vear & Phil Spinella opened the batting & got off to a great start by putting on 134 for the first wicket before Veary was out for a well made 37. Phil “got smart” & went out with 99. Mick Lowry smashed his way to 26 in a great little cameo whilst youngster Callan Stewart played the innings of his career to belt out 86 in what could only be described as the bating performance of the summer so far.
Veary along with Tommy Gargano opened the bowling & whilst not being able to break the opening partnership, ensured that runs were at a premium for the 2 openers. First change bowlers Timmy Rush & Crimmo each picked up early wickets & continued to restrict the scoring rate. Tommy Gargano was reintroduced with immediate impact cleaning up the middle order by picking up 3 quick wickets to effectively kill off the match. Despite some rearguard batting by the East Doony tail, all 8 available wickets were taken with the catching in the field once again being first rate.