1st XI Marcellin 248 vs Donvale 0/14
We lost the toss and were sent in on a greenish, but flat and hard pitch. Before the game started we new that this game would be a reply of the semi-final next week with only the home ground for the semi up for grabs in this game. Whoever wins will finish second and the other team third.
We got off to a quick start with Deano and Dave Tantsis-Hall posting the opening 50 runs in the 10th over. Deano missed one and was the first one out with the score on 76. Dave was involved in a mix-up with Borts to be run out for a well made 46; Borts went next with the score 3/108. Blackie and Chubba continued their good form from last game and took the score to 189 before Blackie was out for 23. Beaser came and went first ball LBW for his first low score of the year. Chubba was out next for a well-compiled 98 after a sharp caught and bowled chance. Joel and Mick just got into double figures each, however we fell away in the last hour to be bowled out for 248. We bowled three overs without luck. With no-one making close to 200 against us all year, we go into the halfway mark of the last round with confidence; however we will need to bowl and field well and hopefully make a statement for the semi-final.
We struggled early with variable line and length whilst their openers hit the bad ball. At 0/72 at drinks, the boys were asked for a bigger effort and Jules and Dan bowled very tight with Chubba coming on just before tea. A direct hit from Jock started us going and Jules picked up two wickets to have Glen Iris 3/155 at tea. Sticks came back on and bowled very tightly without luck. Beaser was tried early and then replaced by Dan Day.
At 3/150 (90 runs, 30 overs and 7 wickets) the Glen Iris boys would ahve backed themselves however Jules was introduced back into the attack and Chubba tried to tie things up from the bottom end. The Marcellin boys put a stranglehold on the game, stopped the run rate and picked up a very tidy 7/70 off 25 overs with Jules leading the way with a career best 6/38 from 21 overs. Mick Dinneen started poorly with 13 byes for the game however caught everything that was nicked his way and took 5 catches off blackie. Joel closed out the game the same way it started with a direct hit run out, 6 points for Marcellin and the firsts completing the Home and Away season undefeated. We look forward to the semi final match which will be a reply of the game just completed against Glen Iris. Our boys know that a large improvement is expected (especially in the field) and we go in very confident that our best cricket will be enough to gain us entry to A grade next year and a Grand Final berth.
2nd XI Marcellin 269 vs Surrey Hills
The MOCCC lads arrived at a very dry and dusty Wattle Park Oval to play Surrey Hills. The general consensus was that the deck was under-prepared. Captain Sakowski asked Surrey Hills’ captain to mow the pitch, which was done to our satisfaction. SH won the toss, and sent MOCCC in for a hit.
After a few scares, MOCCC made 269 (exact score to be confirmed), with Ron Murray top-scoring with 84 not out. It was a particularly pleasing result given that our top order largely failed, with the middle- and lower-order batsmen digging in for a good result on a two-paced pitch with some variable bounce. Dan Cimoli and Paul Dinneen started well with a good opening stand of 62 after 13 overs. Both batsmen played good attacking shots combined with a bit of luck. Dinneen was the first batsman out, LBW for 28. Stuey Kemp (0) came and went quickly, after which Cimoli was bowled for 32. Damian Howsam (0) was caught at short leg, and the score was 4/66. Ron Murray and Rob De Maria began to consolidate, and took the score to 88, before De Maria was LBW for 12.
Then followed three innings-saving partnerships, the first between Ron Murray and Peter French who took the score to 133 before French was bowled for 24. Anthony Waters (0) was adjudged LBW the very next ball, and we were again in trouble at 7/133. The second good lower-order partnership between Ron Murray and Tim Rush ended on 158 when Rushy was caught for 17. Meanwhile, Murray was playing a very sensible and patient knock, providing the backbone of the innings.
At 8/158 Captain Sakowski joined Murray in over 49, whereupon they took the score to 9/258 before Sakowski was bowled trying to accumulate runs after a patient 44 with 3 overs remaining. At this point Murray had moved onto 75, and was maintaining exemplary concentration. Sandeep Jakhar joined Murray, where they took the score to 269 before Jakhar was out for 0 with one ball to go, caught trying to loft one. Murray was left 84 not out, a great knock, and continues his excellent late-season form.
The MOCCC lads will go into next week with a good total to defend, which should be enough given our good bowling attack. However the ground is fast, providing value for shots, so we will need to be on our guard.
After posting 269 on day 1, the MOCCC lads entered day 2 knowing that due to a likely outright rort in the 5 v 6 match between Burwood and Donvale, they needed to win to make the finals. They did not disappoint their fans, dismissing Surrey Hills for 135 at 4:40pm, and then having a solid second innings “net” until 5:30pm when the game was called.
For the first hour or so, wickets proved hard to come by, with the Surrey Hills openers proving resilient. The baked earth outfield was punishing for the fielding team. Opening bowlers Damian Howsam and Tim Rush were solid. Howsam bowled particularly well without luck, moving the ball through the air and troubling the batsmen consistently. Captain Sakowski replaced the opening bowlers with Anthony Waters and Peter French. French was rewarded in the 17thover, taking opener Lamba, 1/37. Another useful partnership ensued, before French struck again in over 25, taking opener D’Allessandro, score 2/60. From then on, wickets fell reasonably regularly, with only number 4 Finlayson showing any pluck.
Waters and French bowled unchanged until tea, when the score was 5/92 after 36 overs. This bowling partnership of 25 overs between them was crucially important, and turned the game the Eagles’ way. Well done!! After tea, Captain Sakowski turned again to opening bowlers Howsam and Rush. Howsam’s second spell was both aggressive and impressive, taking 2 quick wickets, score 7/100. The quicks were eventually replaced with spinners Sandeep Jakhar and Julian Sakowski who quickly took the last 3 wickets between them to wrap up the innings.
In the second innings, MOCCC made 1/76 off 10 overs, with Howsam unbeaten on 48 and De Maria unbeaten on 26 – again well done lads!!
We await to see who we play in the semi-finals. In a bit of a surprise, it seems that top side Richmond City got rolled by lowly Canterbury. Also East Doncasterwon outright against La Trobe Uni. Thus it seems that East Doncasterfinished top, and they will play fourth placed Donvale (who displaced Old Carey, despite Old Carey winning their last minor round game thanks to the rort Burwood v Donvale outright match). Richmond City finished second and will thus play MOCCC, to be played at Corben Oval Yarra Bend Park. Being a council ground, we can expect a dry and dusty outfield again.
3rd XI Marcellin 6/130 defeated East Doncaster 8/122
Phil’s report to come soon.