After winning the toss & batting, the Marcellin innings got underway solidly with openers Sean Phillips Williams (15no) & Nick Welsh (12) seeing off the Box Hill opening bowlers. Marcus Alessi (7) & Rosie Dillon (13) continued scoring until marcus coped a beauty. Lucas Spinella was controversially given out caught behind but not before making a quick fire (17). Bailey Mallia batted well for his (11no) whilst Lucas Stambos went for the big shot early only to be out caught. Chris Welsh & Julian Spinella remained unbeaten, enabling the retired top order batsman to have another crack towards the end of the innings.
A shortened morning tea was consumed by all as players took to the field in search of early wickets. Some sharp work by Rosie in the field forced a run out in the 2nd over of the innings, & a sharp Yorker by Rosie in the next over saw the middle stump uprooted.
The slinging action of Lucas Stambos knocked over a third Box Hill top order batsman before a straight one from Lucas Spinella had the home team in dire straits at 4/7 after only just 5 overs. A second brilliant piece of fielding from Rosie found the batsman short of his ground for a second runout which became infectious as Lucas Spinella added 2 more run outs & a catch to cap an excellent day in the field by the Marcellin team. The Welsh boys firstly Nick with 2 wickets & Chris with 1 cleaned up the remaining Box Hill batsman aided by brilliant catches from Marcus Alessi & Sean Phillips Williams to wrap up a convincing victory away from home.
Marcellin 7/112 def Box Hill 65
Player of The Match: Nicholas Welsh 12 runs & 3 overs 2/11
Amid mass confusion our Round 5 class against Surrey Hills was in jeopardy as players from both teams arrived only to find that our ground allocation was taken up by the school team. After pleading (1 VB Slab) to the Carey Grammar grounds staff for support, we finally got the game underway all be it at 9:00am.
Early break throughs from Conner Firth & Michael Tsalikis combined with a run out from Alec Morris had the visitors 3/23 after 8 overs. The scoring tempo was raised but not before inform bowlers Alex Morris & Christian Kogoi crashed the defense’s of the Surrey Hills middle order. With 76 as the total we knew that the young Marcellin Eagles would have to find something extra to overhaul the target set.
Alex Morris (2 no) together with cousin Sammy Sammit (19 no) gave the team the exact start we were after by putting on an unbeaten 29 for the first wicket stand. Christian Cogoi added (5) with the ever reliable Matthew Difazio helping himself to (6no). Zac Elsbury who is having a bumber season with the bat was out for (4) with Connor Firth (4no) rounding off a great allround performance with both Bat & ball. In the end we could only manage 69 to narrowly go down by a handful of runs for the second week in a row. Some encouraging signs from our bowlers with only 31 no balls & wides conceded . A vast improvement from our previous match.
Marcellin 6/69 lost to Surrey Hills 5/76
Man of the Match:
Connor Firth for his highest score of 4 runs no & bowling figures of 1/3