1st XI. Match report PARTII by Joel and Stu. (great work boys).
Note from the editor – I think the boys are a little harsh on Mick. Mick will get his chance next week as the guest reporter.
To word simply, a frustrating game of cricket was embarked on this week for the Marcellonians. The constant rain delays and let’s say a neglection of a certain star spinner caused the match to be disappointingly called a draw with the eagles being just 2 wickets from victory. Despite this the match was fought out spiritedly. After posting what would be a difficult total to chase down in 291 the highlight of course being the heart-warmingly amazing knock by the ‘weddler’, it truly was a nice day for a Dean Wedding, the Mazenod men looked primed for a fight with a spirited warm up and preparation to the day’s game. The warm up this week for us was one to set as a benchmark for the weeks to come with the practice stump being cherried many time and the line and length being bowled by the bowlers being supreme. The highlight of course being the concluding hit of the stump by a pumped up Dinesh.
We walked out to play in what looked to be excellent conditions, it wasn’t to be though! After a solid and yet stifled opening stand of 43 by the Nods we struck, mainly due to the excellent line and length bowled by both openers ‘Jok’ Donnellan and the Black man. Soon after this the Mazenodians crumbled with the Marcellin men taking wicket after wicket. The weather though by this stage was looking ominous with one rain delay already notched down. Highlights being the debut of Howsam with the ball, bowling with some great fire, Chubba doing his usual…taking wickets and Sandeep who also debuted with the ball taking his first wicket after a good stumping by Mick Dinneen. This however would be Micks only highlight of the match…with a truly epic lowlight still to come. For avid readers of the match report, a detailed description of Micks spectacular dropped catch will follow soon. The fielding also was solid especially due to the trying conditions. Good catches from Dinesh, Stuey and Beazer set the Marcellin fielding standard.
Mazenod found themselves at 7 for 88 clinging to life, it is yet to be proven, but it was whispered that the great ‘jago’ was on bended knee begging for the downpour that would draw the match. A few excellent overs later where the bat was being beaten consistently by Joel the weather had become truly testing. The several rain delays had taken its toll on the match and even an energetic game of…yelling ‘miiiiiick’ after every ball was bowled couldn’t get the game over the line. The game ended in a draw with the points being shared.
Now for a few quotes, the honourable Julian Black, “it’s the worst display of fielding I have ever seen”, the wise Stuart Kemp, “probably one of the more disgusting displays of keeping to have tainted my pure eyes”, The Great Chubba, “it was yucky, very yucky”. It what can be described as only, ‘hideous’, the once respected now disgraced Mick ‘iron gloves’ Dinneen dropped possibly the easiest catch ever by a wicket keeper. The ball was lovingly edged of Joel’s bowling by the luckiest batsmen to grace the lyons oval with barely a deflection but the noise being clear as day. It travelled comfortably towards the wicket keeper, where he didn’t have to move a millimetre but it all went wrong. The reinforced concrete Mick likes to put in his gloves had done enough to get the ball to bounce immediately out and onto the unforgiving pitch. It is rumoured that Dan Cimoli’s jaw hit the ground also in clear shock and appal…………………….! (its ok Mick we still love you, well everyone but joel hehe)
Next week a HUUUUGE match away against excellent outfit in Mont Albert. Till then ….GO EAGLES
After the week 1 wash-out, the MOCCC lads arrived at Stradbroke Park to play Deepdene Bears, confident with the strong bowling line up assembled.
They did not disappoint their fans, with a convincing 8 wicket win. Deepdene won the toss and batted, and were all out for 91. MOCCC scored 2/93 off 23 overs to win easily, however had a few rain delays to contend with before winning.
The MOCCC bowling attack was simply too fast and too good. Simon Fleming and Tom Donnellan beat the bat regularly with their pace, whilst Daniel Day bowled his usual consistent line and length to prove hard to score off. Patrick Sexton, whilst wicketless, continues to impress, whilst Captain Sakowski bowled tightly at the end.
Special mention to Rob De Maria who kept wickets very well in difficult conditions for a keeper. Also special mention to Paul Dinneen for his excellent fielding including a special one handed catch at backward square leg.
Bowling figures were:
Fleming 8-1-3-19, Day 6-4-0-7, T Donnellan 10-2-1-31, Sexton 4-0-0-11, J Sakowski 7.5-2-3-15
We had too many bowling options on the day to give everyone a go with the ball – apologies to Peter French, Tom Gargano, Anthony Waters and Ron Murray. When it came our turn to bat, we opened up well with Murray and Paul Dinneen sharing in an opening stand of 42, before Murray was bowled for a well made 19. Dinneen was next to go, trying to force the pace when it looked like raining, caught for a very good 36. Both Murray and Dinneen played some delightful shots in their innings – they complement each other as an opening combination. Rob De Maria and Tom Donnellan came together and guided the MOCCC lads to a comfortable victory, with both being young players of very good potential with the bat.
Murray 19, P Dinneen 36, De Maria 11NO, T Donnellan 21NO – total 2/93
It is great that we can have a good mix of 6 players under the age of 21 in the team, blended with a bit of experience, and still win so convincingly. Great future signs for the club.
3rd XI The boys win again – Phil to add report shortly.