After rain has played a role in the last two matches, the Students are desperate to play a full allotment of overs across the next two weekends as they take on Kingston Hawthorn in Round 7 for a two-day fixture.
Currently sitting just one point outside the top four, Round 7 presents itself as a good opportunity for the First XI to nail down a position at the top-end of the ladder heading into the Christmas break.
Travelling down towards the sand belt and boosted by the Club’s lowest handicapper, Steve Reid, the boys will forgo golf clubs in favour of cricket whites as they play away at Walter Galt. Flush with a strong all-round team, the First XI also welcomes back James Bett, fresh off his 200th Premier match last weekend. Liam Scammell is our player to watch this week; the powerful all-rounder has been building nincely in the first part of the season, and is poised for a big weekend with both bat and ball.
JR Bett, A Yaksender, S Reid, +JG Martignago, *F McKenna, L Scammell, AP Young, M Stafford, B Rolfs, AJ Gregory, HS Emms
A range of changes this week in the Second XI, as they take on Kingston at the Uni Main. Welcoming back Antony Keely to skipper the side, the captain will have a wealth of bowling options to choose from when the Students find themselves in the field; Jacob Stevenson comes in for his first match in the twos for the year, and Abdul Haseeb also returns after his First XI debut last week, while James Horn also returns to add some strength to the middle order.
Yousaf Iqbal is a man in form in the Second XI. Having made 294 runs so far this season, his last three scores have been 92, 74 and 61. The Italian Stallion is also doing damage with the ball, coming off three wickets last week, and six for the season. Look for Yousaf to continue this rich vein of form, and help secure the Second XI’s spot in the top four.
A Mawien, JE Horn, J Stevenson, P Hatzoglou, B Roughsedge, I Borgas+N Croes, M Hatzoglou, Y Iqbal*, AT Keely, A Haseeb
Starved of cricket in the last three weeks, the Third XI will be champing at the bit to get amongst it this weekend. Playing away at St Bede’s College, John McLaughlan is included for his first match of the season after returning from injury, in what shapes as a particularly strong side.
One of four sides on 13 points, the Students could put some breathing space between themselves and the field with a big win this weekend, and they will be looking to stylish opening batsman, Elliott Durrant. KD, complete with Peaky Blinders haircut, scored his second MUCC hundred against Kingston Hawthorn last year, and will be looking to repeat the dose this time around.
H Bienvenu, NW Ritchie, J Kooran, T Stockley, +S Skinner, DB Hutton, JG Zanoni, J McLaughlan, E Durrant, *TE Savill, J Kennedy, K Hatton
Equally bereft of cricket in the last few weeks, the Fourth XI and the Club as a whole welcomes Oliver De Stefanis to make his Premier cricket debut. Another Trinity Grammar product, Ollie is sure to do himself and the Club proud in MUCC colours. The Fourth XI also welcome back Anthony McQuire, who is desperate for some time in the middle, and should he get the chance to get in and go big, Hawks beware.
This week, it is Johnny ‘Pebbles’ Stone to keep an eye on in the Fourth XI. The pommy batsman has been making big runs in the Fifth XI across the last couple of weekends and will be keen to transfer that form into the Premier arena.
A Pustola, AD McQuire, AP Gall, O de Stefanis, *L Ditchburn, H Alexander, R Epstein, N Rao, +J Heanly, O Patel, N Panjwani, J Stone