Round 12: Steele trophy retained

The points were shared with the Hawks in the final round before the Christmas break, with results going with each of the home sides.

The club sits 5th in the club championship with 5 rounds to play after the break. We resume against the Demons on January 13th and look forward to taking on our traditional rivals as the 1st XI play for the Sholly Cup.

A reminder the annual MUCC Business Breakfast will be held again at the RACV club on February 9th. We hope to see many of you there.

Merry Xmas to all!

MUCC Match Reports – Round 12

First XI: MUCC 7/332 (A Yaksender 110no DB Hutton 62 L Scammell 58 JR Bett 36 JL McNeil 35) defeated Kingston Hawthorn
328 all out (M Stafford 3/47 L Scammell 2/43 JR Bett 2/92)

The 1sts faced a big run chase after conceding 328 runs to the Hawks on day one. The total could have been even higher, however, but for a late collapse which saw the visitors lose their final five wickets for just 20 runs. Stafford finished with 3 wickets and Scammell & Bett 2 each.

The run chase started well with a 50 run opening stand before MUCC lost 3 quick wickets. Hutton and  McNeil saw us safely through to lunch but when we lost 2 wickets in the middle session, leaving us 5/155 and needing to score at more than five runs an over, it looked like the Ray Steele trophy would be heading to the Hawks.

Scoring easily from the get-go, Andrej Yaksender and Liam Scammell went about their work in seeking to chase down the massive total. With patience and clever running between the wickets the partnership built nicely, along with the crowd who became more and more vocal, as they cheered each milestone. In only his third game in the 1sts Yaksender showed no nerves in the nineties hitting a six into the rapturous Pavvy crowd to bring up his maiden ton at the level, and third for the season.

After seeing off the second new ball with aplomb, the pair pushed past the 300 mark and notched up the 150 partnership shortly thereafter. Liam Scammell (57) was brilliantly caught on the boundary with less than 20 runs required, but University was not to be denied with Ben Rolfs hitting the winning boundary with 18 balls to spare.

Yaksender ‘s match-winning century (110no) pushed Uni into the top 8 and only 8 points from top spot.

Full match scorecard here.

Second XI: 138 all out (J McLaughlan 52 F McKenna 33) and 3/127 (HS Emms 76 AP Young 40) defeated by Kingston Hawthorn 252 all out (J Wrigglesworth 3/46 D Van Der Merwe 3/50 AJ Boyle 2/32)

The 2nds batted first at Walter Galt Reserve and a poor 30 minutes against some good seam bowling saw our top order toppled. A handy half-century from John McLaughlan saw us get to 138 before taking the field.

Some lusty hitting from the Hawks no.3 meant the Hawks only required 20 runs on the second day to take first innings points. Whilst we picked up a couple more wickets early, the Hawks finished on 252 with 3 wickets each for Van der Merwe and Wrigglesworth.

Emms (76) & Young (40) made sure there was no chance of an outright with a much more respectable second innings effort.

Full match scorecard here.

Third XI: MUCC 235 all out (AT Keely 69 P Hatzoglou 60 W Morrison 52) defeated Kingston Hawthorn 165 all out (J Browning 5/47 B Roughsedge 2/12 F Coxon 2/56) 

The 3rd XI lost regular wickets in the first session in the first week. Will Morrison continued his fine form compiling a half-century (52) before Keely (69) and Pete Hatzoglou (60) helped guide us to a respectable 235 all out.

The Hawks looked on track at 4/119 and with plenty of overs left before we shut down the scoring and the wickets followed. Roughsedge with two wickets & five maidens and Frankie Coxon, rocking his new Christmas haircut in front of a vocal cheer squad, picking up two late both ably supported James Browning, who, with some good pace and rhythm collected his first Michelle for the club.

The Hawks were eventually dismissed for 165, with the team sitting second on the ladder and well placed heading into the Christmas break.

Full match scorecard here.

Fourth XI: MUCC 120 all out (M Hatzoglou 28) defeated by Kingston Hawthorn 185 all out (L Stanley 2/7 N Bennett 2/25)

The 4th XI used 9 bowlers in week one, holding the Hawks to 185 with the wickets shared and young leg spinners Bennett (2) & Turner (1) bowling in tandem the highlight.

Unfortunately, week two saw MUCC struggle to build any decent partnerships, with the team unfortunately being dismissed for 120 off 50 overs.

Full match scorecard here.


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