Set to pull out the creams for the first time in season 2019/20, the Students will take on the Greenvale Kangaroos in the first round of red ball cricket for the year across the next two weekends.
Boosted by the returns of Jarrod Martignago and Fawad Ahmed, along with the inclusion of Andrew Young for the first time in a while, the First XI will be keen to continue their positive start to the season and entrench themselves in the top four. After a particularly impressive first few rounds with the white ball, opening bowler Steve Reid will be the player to watch this weekend; having already claimed 11 wickets across four matches, ‘Dos’ is champing at the bit to get a red ball in his hand and rip apart another batting line-up.
The First XI will also spend Sunday at Greenvale Reserve, as the Vic Super Slam rolls around for its second iteration. Taking a youthful squad of 13, the Students are excited to be a part of the competition and will take on Fitzroy-Doncaster and Essendon in their first round matches.
Fergus McKenna (c), Andrej Yaksender, Steven Reid, Liam Scammell, Mark Stafford, Benjamin Rolfs, Alex Gregory, Harrison Emms, Fawad Ahmed, Jarrod Martignago (+), Andrew Young
SUPER SLAM SQUAD
James McNeil, Alex Gregory, Fergus McKenna, Andrej Yaksender, Andrew Young, Liam Scammell, Ben Rolfs, James Bett, Peter Hatzoglou, Max Hatzoglou, Steve Reid, Akon Maaien, Abdul Haseeb, John McLaughlin, Lachie Melican, Noah Croes, Yousaf Iqbal, James Horn, Clint Hinchcliffe, Fawad Ahmed
Coming off a particularly impressive weekend in which they claimed two wins and a bonus point, the Second XI will be at the Uni Main again this Saturday, as they look to continue their strong start to the year. With the returns of Noah Croes behind the stumps, and the club’s self-appointed second funniest man, James Bett, the Second XI are flush with talent this week. Opening batsman, Ben Roughsedge is especially excited for the arrival of two-day cricket. Roughy made almost 400 runs against a red ball last year, and will be keen to go big again at the Main this weekend.
Mark Simpson (c), Ben Roughsedge, Yousaf Iqbal, Max Hatzoglou, Peter Hatzoglou, Noah Croes (+), James Bett, Abdul Haseeb, Lachie Melican, Akon Mawien, Callum Dooley
Daniel Hutton, James Horn and Jayden Zanoni all return to the Third XI this week, and young gun, Tom Walker is set to make his MUCC debut against Greenvale. Walker, a product of the Trinity Grammar Cricket Factory, has been terrorising schoolboy batsmen for a couple of years and is keen to get amongst it at Premier level.
The team, fresh from a comfortable win again Frankston last week, will be full of confidence, and James Horn is our player to watch. The classy wicket-keeper batsman has had a strong last couple of weeks, and we think he could partner well with off-spinner, Kendrick Hatton for a few stumpings.
Sam Skinner (c), Hugo Bienvenu, Elliott Durrant, Kendrick Hatton, James Horn, Daniel Hutton, Tom Savill, Jacob Kooran, Nick Ritchie, Jacob Stevenson, Tom Walker, Jayden Zanoni.
They have been inching ever closer of the last couple of weeks, and after being denied victory in a rain-affected run chase last week, the Fourth XI are out to make amends and take the points this weekend. With two MUCC debutants, Tom Uhr-Henry (another Trinity Factory product, they must have a good TIC Cricket) and Charlie Loveridge (good Scotch boy, APS strongly represented), as well as the return of Raf ‘Conversation Hour’ Epstein, the team are well placed to get on the board with a win.
Alex Gall has been mightily impressive for the Fourth XI since joining the club at the start of the year, and we are looking for him to convert a start into a big score this week!
Laban Ditchburn (c), Alex Gall, Raf Epstein, Henry Alexander, Jayden Kennedy, Charlie Loveridge, Jack Heanly (+), Christian Van Der Merwe, Om Patel, Neshant Rao, Tama Stockley, Ninad Panjwani
Best of luck to all teams and players representing MUCC this weekend.