1st XI Marcellin 211 defeated Deepdene 123 & 3/52
Match report to come.
2nd XI Marcellin 0/69 & 2/121 defeated (outright) Latrobe 62 & 121
Following a good performance in week 1 against La Trobe Uni, the MOCCC lads had high hopes for an outright win. Their fans were not to be disappointed, with MOCCC achieving the result with 3 overs to spare.
La Trobe resumed their second innings on 1/9. What they lacked in ability, the La Trobe batsmen made up for with determination. The MOCCC lads had to toil for 54 overs to dismiss La Trobe. Whilst runs were not coming easily, the La Trobe batsmen were soaking up valuable time. Captain Sakowski swung his bowlers around regularly, trying to get the formula right. Fielding positions were very attacking for most of the day, with often all fieldsmen in catching positions close to the bat. All bowlers bowled a good line and length, but on a good batting wicket, the La Trobe batsmen stone-walled us. Wickets came with subtle variations in pace. The pick of the bowlers were probably French and Rush, but all contributed. Good catching by Keogh, Murray and Tantsis-Hall, and a superb assisted run-out from Kemp capped off a fine day in the field.
P Sexton 10-2-0-18, French 12-5-3-18, Sakowski 7-3-2-8, Rush 10-2-3-16, Tantsis-Hall 5-2-0-9, Stewart 5-0-0-25, Murray 2-0-0-17, Kemp 2.5-0-1-8
The MOCCC lads were thus set a target of 115 off 25 overs, and achieved the target in over 22. We batted an extra over to be sure, and finished on 2/121. All batsmen who had a go did well. Cimoli and Tantsis-Hall opened, and followed up their first innings performance with a partnership of 47 before Cimoli was bowled for 27 trying to force the pace. A highlight was a monstrous straight hit six. Tantsis-Hall showed his class for a well made 29 before he too was caught for 29 trying to keep the score board ticking over, 2/74.
We did not lose another wicket, with number three Kemp being 42NO and De Maria 14 NO at the end of play. Both players stroked the ball well, a highlight being their hard running between wickets, placing the ball well for numerous one’s and two’s. It is worth noting that only four players had a hit for the entire match over two innings (although nine had a bowl)!!
In all, a very good result which should now propel us well into the four. Captain Sakowski was particularly pleased with the result given the youth of the team, with seven of the tem aged 15-21, with old men Sakowski, Murray, Keogh and Cimoli providing the experience. We have the bye next round, and then face Surrey Hills away in the final round on Feb 21 and 28. Keep training well as we move into this important time of the season!!
3rd XI Marcellin 5/279 defeated Boronia Churches 176
“Batsman Take Points”
Forecast temperatures in the high 30’s meant that we had no hesitation in batting first against the boys from Boronia who were not looking forward to spending the afternoon under the baking sun. Michael Gough & Ged Logan once again opened the batting but struggled some what with the swinging ball . Ged was lucky to survive as long as he did with the Boronia fieldsman dropping him 3 times in as many overs until they finally held on to one in the 9th over with the score on 24. Michael Gough was out shortly after for 17 which brought the experienced pair of Phil Spinella & Mick Lowry together. They batted well putting on 108 runs in 15 overs before Mick was out bowled for 30. James Vear was gone without scoring & at 4/152 honours seemed to be even. Youngster Ben Eva joined his skipper & together started to swing the pendulum back in our favour with a partnership of 120 which brought an end to Phil’s knock of 157. Ben batted to the end of our allotted overs to remain unbeaten on 51 no his second half century of the season.
The Boronia batsman took it up to our bowlers early with both James Vear & Jeff Crimmins being smashed to all parts by the Boronia openers. Inform bowler came on replacing Veary & had immediate success. His spell was once again for the second week in a row, nothing short of sensational to finish with figures of 3/26 from his 10. Veary was reintroduced from the other end & snared 3 wickets in his second spell to finish with 3/45. Crimmo had a day he’d rather forget but still managed to pick up 2 crucial wickets included that of Papworth who made 64. Crimmo finish with 2/87. Hugh Harkin showed us he can bowl picking up his first wicket for the club with his left arm offies.
Our catching was the difference between the sides led by Mick Lowry who took 3 rippers, Chris Bloink & Michael Black who both held on to difficult chances in the deep.