Round One: Off to a flyer

MUCC Match Reports – Round 1

First XI: MUCC 5/227 (JL McNeil 69no T Rogers 44 HP Byrnes Howe 37 AP Young 33) defeated Camberwell Magpies 6/226(cc) (S Reid 2/32 B Rolfs 2/34 L Scammell 2/40)

The First XI took on 2016/17 minor premiers Camberwell Magpies in an eagerly anticipated match on Saturday.

Camberwell batted first and were in trouble early at 2/4, with Steve Reid doing the damage with an exceptional spell of fast bowling. The experienced pair of Russ and Hill then put together a small partnership before Russ was dismissed by Liam Scammell for 24. Scammell struck again shortly after to remove Bhargave for 4 and have the visitors 4/53. From there, steady wickets fell throughout the middle order before Hill and Parker combined for a large partnership which ultimately saw them through to the 50 over mark. Hill finished with a well-made 124no off 130 balls, proving to be an excellent anchor for the Camberwell side.

In reply MUCC got off to a good start with James Bett and debutante Andrew Young not letting the bowlers settle. The quick wickets of Bett and Borgas brought Tom Rogers to the crease, who looked in sizzling touch as he quickly sought to dominate the Camberwell attack. Young continued to pick gaps left right and centre until he was caught behind for a respectable 33 on debut. From there, Rogers and Captain James McNeil combined for a 61-run partnership to anchor the middle overs of our innings. Rogers was finally dismissed for 44 which brought Harry Byrnes Howe to the crease. Both McNeil and Byrnes Howe continued to close in on the target, with Byrnes Howe falling after a quick fire 37. Shortly after, McNeil brought up his half century, partnering with Yousaf Iqbal to steer the side home.

A great start to the season, with MUCC winning with 8 balls to spare, in no small way due to the efforts of McNeil who finished on 69no.

Full scorecard here.


Second XI: MUCC 1/182 (MG Simpson 82no DB Hutton 68 A Yaksender 27no) defeated Camberwell Magpies 9/181(cc) (D Van Der Merwe 4/32 J Wrigglesworth 2/38)

The MUCC 2nd XI enjoyed a comprehensive victory over Camberwell on Saturday also collecting a bonus point in their 9 wicket win.

MUCC started strongly in the field, taking wickets at regular intervals thanks to Daniel Van der Merwe, Jack Wrigglesworth, Umair Butt and Lachie Richards who all took wickets. Van Der Merwe the standout with 4/32 on debut, with sustained pressure from John McLaughlan allowing MUCC to limit Camberwell to 9/181 from their 50 overs.

Captain Mark Simpson and Daniel Hutton started brightly, capitalising early on undisciplined Camberwell bowling with some magnificent stoke play as they looked to make light work of the small total. Following Hutton’s dismissal for 68, Andrej Yaksender combined with Simpson to chase down the remaining runs just 1 wicket down. Simpson compiled an outstanding 82no.

The win is a very positive start for the 2nd XI, who will look to back up a strong performance in round 2 against Ringwood.

Full scorecard here.


Third XI: MUCC 6/201 (M Clements 95no) defeated Camberwell Magpies 6/200(cc) (B Roughsedge 2/26 AJ Boyle 2/32)

MUCC won the first toss of the year and Polkinghorne quickly elected to send the Magpies into bat. Camberwell got off to a positive start, with their opening batsman Martin making a patient half-century to set a platform for the away side. Thanks to some characteristically tight middle overs from J. Stevenson (0/29) and Roughsedge (2/26), though, the Camberwell innings never really threatened to reach an intimidating total. Boyle (2/32) closed out the allotted overs with an experienced performance, helping restrict the Magpies to 6/200 from their 45 overs – a very achievable score, considering the notorious depth of the MUCC 3rd XI.

However, there were some early wobbles, with both Emms and Kavinda departing cheaply. Roughsedge (23) and Morrison (18) combined to steady the chase, looking classy and in control before they both fell in quick succession, leaving the Magpies in a commanding position with the score at 4/63. Unbeknownst to everyone at the ground, except one man, an innings had just begun that would ultimately take control of this fixture and result in a bonus point win for the ‘dents. Clements (95no) was superb, showing little regard for a Camberwell attack that simply had no answers. Skipper Polkinghorne (17no) made just enough runs to ensure Clements wasn’t able to reach his century, but he also sealed the game, so I guess…good job.

Full scorecard here.


Fourth XI: MUCC 226 all out (E Durrant 64 C Barrass 36 M Hatzoglou 53) defeated by Camberwell Magpies 6-232(cc) (E Thomas 2/20, P Hatzoglou 2/41)

A perfect spring’s day set the scene at Watson Park for what turned out to be a thrilling start to season 2017/18. MUCC captain Ditchburn won the toss and elected to bowl on what was appeared a soft and green wicket, with plenty of young MUCC debutantes added to the line-up. The Magpies got off to a solid start before Thomas claimed two wickets on debut, which seemed to be the flavour of the day as other MUCC debutants P Hatzoglou (2/41) and Kleanthous (1/25) shared the majority of the wickets. The Magpies reached 6/232 at the end of their allotted 45 overs.

MUCC’s start to the chase was shaky, losing both openers early, only to be put back on the right path by more MUCC debutants as Durrant (64), Barras (36) and M.Hatzoglou (53) all played stellar knocks. However, MUCC’s run chase was halted towards the end of the innings despite strong efforts from P.Hatzoglou (19) and Skinner (11), being bowled out for 226 in the last over of play. The narrow loss will only serve a lesson to the young fourth division side with plenty of positives to be taken away from this match and carried into round two.

Full scorecard here.


Women’s XI: MUCC 80 all out (S Luikinga 23, C Grant 20, M Mitchell 20) defeated by Altona Roosters 88 all out (C Grant 3/4, M Mitchell 3/32)

After a late withdrawal, the MUCC Women were left with just seven players taking the field, so we were behind the 8-ball from the start but nevertheless, the girls showed a lot of heart. Thanks go to Altona Roosters for lending a couple of fielders, allowing bowlers to apply a bit more pressure than might otherwise have been the case.

Playing with relatively shorter boundaries than what the team is typically used to, MUCC was rewarded for tight bowling; Cath Grant took the first wicket with the second ball of her first over, with one Roosters play subsequently forced to retire hurt after being dealt a toe-crusher from Caitlin Maher-Gale. With the Roosters at 5/19, MUCC certainly had their tails up. Following a post drinks break lull, some tight bowling from Maddie Mitchell and Emma Collard applied the pressure, with the innings coming to a close on 88 after Grant claimed her third wicket.

With 40 overs to chase the target, Sophia Luikinga and Maddie Mitchell opened the batting and started to make short work of the 89 run target. Following a great opening stand of 42 from just six overs Sophia was the first to fall for 23. Though debutante Emma Collard wasn’t able to capitalise on the strong start, Sharon Baynes lived up to her nickname of Sticky, providing nuisance value for MUCC and providing strong support for Maddie and then Cath. Despite a fine 20 from Maddie, some tight bowling from the Roosters saw wickets fall at regular intervals, with MUCC all out for 80.

Given MUCC only had seven players, we held our heads high in a gallant defeat. Plenty to work on but a positive start to the season nonetheless.

Full scorecard here.


Fifth XI and MUCC Scholars commence their season on October 22nd.

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