Round Seven: MUCC crush Frankston

MUCC Match Reports – Round 7

First XI: MUCC drew Frankston Peninsula 5/72cc 

Match report pending.

Full match scorecard here.

Second XI: MUCC 7/144 (Simpson 40no) defeated Frankston Peninsula 6/141 (Clements 3-28)

Match report pending.

Full match scorecard here.

Third XI: MUCC 7/135 (Morrison 48 Polkinghorne 30) defeated Frankston Peninsula 126 all out (McKenna 4-20)

With a long drive out to Frankston, the Third XI were keen to get back on the winner’s list after 2 straight losses. The captain, Tom Polkinghorne, won the toss and elected to bat on what appeared to be a flat wicket with ample short boundaries available for exploitation. The innings got off to a shaky start with the loss of 3 wickets for just 16 runs on the board. However, the composure that Will Morrison (48) brought to the crease on his arrival had a steadying effect on the innings. When he was joined by Polkinghorne (30) the pair began wrestle back the upper hand with some aggressive stroke play and managed to get MUCC into a strong position. A quick-fire cameo from Aaron Boyle who smashed 24 from 11 balls assisted the team in reaching a good total of 7/135 from the 20 overs.

The Frankston Peninsula opening pair got their side off to a good start in their innings with a 50-run opening stand. However, the joy was short lived as outstanding spells from spinners Ben Roughsedge (1/11) and Peter Hatzoglou (1/23) saw the runs dry up and the wickets begin to flow. Frankston began to feel the pressure which brought about 3 vital runouts through the middle overs, putting MUCC in the box seat. Despite this, the game was far from over as the T20 format can see momentum swings in the blink of an eye. An impressive spell of medium pace bowling from Fergus McKenna (4/20) at the back end of the innings forced the Frankston batsmen into playing shots they didn’t want to play, ensuring MUCC remained in control. Frankston were eventually bowled out for 126.

Full match scorecard here.

Fourth XI: MUCC 5/75 defeated Frankston Peninsula 71 all out (Kleanthous 3/21)

Being sent into bat in humid conditions, the 4th’s spirits were high thanks to a fantastic warm up and even better tunes provided by DJ Barass in the Frankston away change rooms.

Like usual, Jeremy Swan took the new rock, and it didn’t take long to see that he was in the mood to bowl fast and aggressive, claiming the first scalp of the day in only his second over. The next wicket quickly fell thanks to a piece of fielding excellence by returning Jon Catania at mid off. Having made a diving effort to stop the single, Catania managed to get a direct hit run out whilst still on the pristine surface of AH Butler Oval. Wickets fell in succession, with every bowler during their job backed up by flawless fielding by everyone involved. Young gun Elijah Kleanthous finished with his best figures for MUCC with 3/21 off his 4 overs whilst Swan and Stanley picked up 2 each and Stockley with 1.

Chasing a comfortable 72 for victory, some early wickets put a hiccup into our chase, until returning Barras and Catania put on a solid stand of 54. Frankston’s total was chased down with 5 wickets left in the shed, and the 4th XI were very happy with a near perfect day in the field.

Full match scorecard here.

 

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