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.
Day 2 saw Canterbury start slowly on the chase as they went to tea at 2/92 off 45 overs. Lloyd Mash, the former Victorian opener, loomed as the danger as the Eagles successfully kept the run rate under control and the Eagles star off spinner Graeme White started to warm to the task.
White took 2 wickets in 2 balls to keep the Eagles in control and late in the day it appeared that we had done enough to win. Canterbury required approx. 50 off 20 balls with just 2 wickets remaining however the game had one final twist with Mash launching a number of huge sixes to get Canterbury within striking distance.
13 required to win off the last over as Mash faced Eagles champion John Dinneen.
With a 2 and 6 off the first 2 balls the Eagles were in trouble but Mash went for one six too many and was caught on the short straight boundary by the safe hands of Neil Minto. Canterbury required 2 to tie and 3 to win off the last ball and could only manage 2. White finished with the exceptional figures of 7/82 off 25 overs.
Remarkably the game finished 9/270 of 80 overs for both sides. The Eagles progress as the top team on the ladder.
This weekend we play Saturday / Sunday at Macleay Park, North Balwyn v Glen Iris. Play starting at 12.30 both days. The 4ths will host Glen Iris in the LOC2 GF at Marcellin on Saturday.
We look forward to seeing all our supporters at the Grand Finals over the weekend.