The firsts turned out for game one at Marcellin against the league new boys, Burwood. A lot of familiar faces, but with a new man at the helm and a new English recruit, we were excited to get underway at home. We lost the toss and were thrown the ball, with Tristo and Jack ‘cuddles’ Grundy starting us off. It took cuddles only 3 balls to get our first chance, with the newly crowned skipper spilling an absolute dolly...
The MOCCC 2ndXI started the season with a comfortable win on the road against Ashburton. Captain Coloe won the toss and had no hesitation in batting. The original odd couple of Massarotti and Keogh opened the innings with both making solid scores in the 20’s. Dan Coloe and Paul Dinneen then came together and put on an entertaining third wicket stand of 73 before Paul was caught going for one too many big shots. A great knock of 52 to start the season. Coloe finished not out 40 as we made a very respectable 181 from our 40 overs.
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.
The ones headed away for the second game in a row to take on bottom of the ladder side, La Trobe. After winning the toss, the ones decided to have a bat on a deck that looked like it would do a bit in the first hour. Instead it did a bit all day and the ones were rolled for their lowest score of the year, 151. Harding and Burt put up a fight through the opening and middle overs but it was the partnership at the end between Chub and Dally that saw Marcellin limp over to 151.
The 2nd XI needed a win against old rivals East Doncaster to get the season back on track but unfortunately things couldn’t have gone worse.
We won the toss and batted but a top order collapse had us at 4/10 and in big trouble. Mick Dinneen and Kaz put together a partnership to stop a complete disaster with Maz hitting some form at the end of the innings. In the end though, it was a pretty embarrassing 96 posted by the eagles in just 39 overs.
Marcellin 3rd XI travelled to Mont Albert Reserve to face one of their biggest challenges so far, Mont Albert’s 2nd XI. With rain early in the week players were asked to report to grounds and play looked unlikely, but when the covers were removed the pitch looked quite good and Marcellin were sent in to bat.
The instructions were clear – bat the 80 overs and we win the game.
Round 2 saw the 1st XI take St Barnies down at Myrtle Oval. After losing the toss for the consecutive week, the 1s were sent in on a seaming deck. It was tough early doors for the Marcellin batsman but got through to lunch with the score around 4/80 with Whitey and Blacky still at the crease. The lunch break seemed to give the pitch a bit of time to dry and and it was all Marcellin for the remainder of the day. 40+ runs for White, Black and Burty and also a lovely 57 from Minto ensured that the Marcellin bowlers had something to bowl to. The innings coming to a close with the score of 8/269, a very competitive total.
Not a great match for the 2’s as we went down by 5 wickets to our old rivals North Balwyn. After winning the toss and being sent in our top order failed to fire with the score 3/7 at one stage. Luckily Lachie Evans for the second week in a row steered us away from disaster with a fantastic 81.
Round two saw the Marcellin Planning Partners third XI down at their forever uneven home deck of McCutcheon Oval against Ashwood’s 2nds. With the toss won by our fearless skipper P-Dinny, and the message of “bat the full 80 and we win the match” being drummed out; the boys warmed up their forward defence ready for a long grind. As many players had never played C grade cricket or an 80 over match before, it set the scene for a game of firsts for many of our players.
The 2015/16 season started for the B turf defending champions with a humid and muggy one dayer at Glen Iris. It got off to the worst possible start with news that the umpire had called in sick. It had already been a rough morning for opening bowler Day whose hopes that, “Shaving my head will be fine, I’ll probably end up looking like Juddy”, were sadly misguided.