Close but no cigar for MOCCC 2nd XI in their first 2 day game of the season. Losing the toss and bowling first in our away game at Mont Albert wasn’t part of the plan but a few early wickets to Day and Watty had us in a good position early at 5/56. Mont Albert’s lower order batted quite well as we dropped off a bit after tea and they ended up making 207 all out. Nick Watty was easily the pick of the bowlers taking five wickets, while Danny and Rushy bowled tightly all day.
The 3rd XI travelled to H.E Parker Reserve to take on Heathmont’s 2nd XI in a one day game.
Marcellin won the toss and elected to bat first.
Andy Keogh opened the batting and looked comfortable top scoring with 24. Unfortunately wickets regularly fell and with only 2 other players making double figures a final score of 10/98 off 39 overs was going to make it very difficult for the bowlers to defend.
In one of the most thrilling games ever played by MOCCC, the Eagles have progressed to the GF this weekend. We will play Glen Iris at Macleay Park, North Balwyn for the A Turf Flag.
The 1st XI won the toss vs. Canterbury and compiled 9/270 off 80 overs. Julian Black led the way with 54 but it was a true team batting performance with Dom Harding (45), Cal Stewart (46) and Nick Burt (47no) all contributing. Cal and Nick combined with an outstanding 9th wicket partnership saving the team from posting total below 200.
A disappointing end to the season for the MOCCC 2nd XI saw us go down to old rivals St. Kevin’s by 107 runs.
Day 1 started ok with Mira and Danny both picking up a wicket to have them 2/38, however a 77 run partnership that included a controversial ‘bump ball’ gave St. Kev’s the upper hand and left us struggling for the remainder of the game. St. Kevin’s put on the best batting performance we’ve faced all year as all batsmen contributed with their opener Cullinan anchoring the innings.
Round 10 saw ladder leaders Marcellin host East Malvern Tooronga. Marcellin won the toss and had no hesitation batting first on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Eagles started well with a return to form 54 from opener James Kazalac and a quick fire 40 from keeper Cal Stewart. Pommy Dom Harding walked out at number 4 and smashed the EMT bowlers to every corner of the Lyons oval. Dom passed 500 runs for the year and also brought up his 2nd ton for MOCCC.
A strange old game for 2nd XI saw us sneak home for our second win of the season and get us off the bottom of the ladder.
Fallshaw and Coloe got us off to a great start with Fally making 40 and a fast paced 36 from the skipper. Wickets fell fairly regularly after that including Massarotti who copped a questionable LBW decision but was man enough to accept it and not mention it for the rest of the day. Frenchy played well at the end for 25 as we reached 208, our highest score for the season.
The round 9 top of the table clash saw the 1st XI make the hike across Bulleen road to visit old Carey, with drizzle falling many were skeptical that we'd get under way on time, but within minutes the clouds cleared and the sun broke through. Captain Bortolotto won the toss and reluctantly chose to bat.
Round 8 saw the 2nds playing top of the table Deepdene in the second game back post the Christmas break. The home team won the toss and decided they would post a total. The usual opening combination with the ball of DDay and Frenchy started us off with a reasonably tight first 10 overs however claiming no wickets.
Marcellin 3rd XI played against Heathmont – currently sitting in 2nd position on the ladder and it was a game we desperately needed to win to keep finals chances alive. We are very grateful to be playing on Marcellin No.2 oval and thank Leon and his staff for accommodating us this week.