MDCC Round 19 & A Grade Semi Final Wrap 5/3/16
A Grade (Managers Semi Final Report) 5/1/16
Merewether played there semi on Saturday and with a different format this season where 1st played 2nd and 3rd played 4th and winner of 1v2 goes straight to grand final looser plays winner of 3v4 the following week.
As you may or may not know our side has struggled a little to make the hurdle of reaching the GF in the past (plenty of minor premierships but few major premiership's).
After loosing the toss Cricketers Arms decided to bat first on a fast outfield and good deck. With 4 dropped catches all in there top order cricketers managed 6/165 of there 40 overs Adam Britt was best of bowlers with 3 - 26.
A special mention must go to all our bowlers because with those dropped catches the opposition were looking to get 180+ with 6 overs to go but we managed to keep them to a getable 165.
The boys looked confidant before the start of our innings but after loosing our opening bat first ball of our dig we went very quiet, enter No.3 Mark (BIG Merv) McLachlan! After scoring a ton the previous week Merv was going in with confidence and didn't disappoint. Merv got his 2nd hundred in 2 weeks to bring us home with 104*.
Special mention also to our other opener Craig Plain who watched Merv smash them round the park at the other end with 48.
Hopefully the boys can win the double of minor/major premiers in 2 weeks keep the fighting spirit boys and it will happen.
Merewether (2/166) defeated Cricketers Arms (6/165)
Our 4th Grade team played Waratah Mayfield at Empire Park this week in the last round of the normal season.
Winning the toss we chose to bat first knowing we needed 2 bonus points and results of other games to go our way if our 4th graders were to make semi finals our openers went out with an aggressive mind set and with a bit of luck we got the side off to a great start with a couple of 40 run partnerships up the top. Veral Vishnoi was the main stay for the team just falling short of a century, he made sure the run rate was going at a good rate. We lost a few wickets at the end of our innings going for quick runs however we mad a competitive total of 9 for 233 from our 40 overs.
Best with Bat: Veral Vishnoi (92), Rhys Davies (62) & Justin Hales (34*)
Now knowing we need to bowl Waratah out for a total less then 162 to obtain the 2 bonus points, It was not long before we had some early wickets with Hannah Linsley picking up 2 early wickets with a bowled and a ripping catch taken at 2nd slip by Justin Hales this had us very much on top of the game before Waratah had a 50 run 3rd wicket partnership. Our bowlers still bowled well during this time and once we were able to break the partnership wickets tumbled and picking up his first wicket for Merewether, Darren Linsley showed to much class for Waratah’s lower order picking up 4 of the last 6 wickets all bowled.
The game finished when the last wicket was taken with Waratah-Mayfield all out for 96 from 33.3 overs.
Best with Ball: Darren Linsley (4-11), Hannah Linsley (2-6) & Veral Vishnoi (2-22).
Other results did not go the way our 4th graders were hoping and after a great win we finished the season in 5th place.
3rd grade traveled out to Waratah No 3 Oval for this last round match up and after losing the toss our 3s were sent out into the field. Wicket fell fast with the run rate never getting out of hand our fielding and bowling performance form our 3rd graders kept us on top for the innings as we managed to bowl Waratah out for 90 from 30.4 overs.
Best with Ball: Rhys Fallavollita (4-13), Mitch Piller (2-21) & Grant Smith (2-21).
It took our batters only batted 18.3 overs to pass Waratah’s total with the loss of 2 wickets picking up 2 bonus points.
Best with Bat: Pat O’Neill (50*) & Zac McGuigan (24)
This result helped our 3rd grade side leap frog the team above and pick up the Minor Premiership for this season. They will now play Newcastle City in their Semi Final at Learmonth Park next Saturday starting at 12:30pm.
Well done to all involved...
2nd grade played at Townson Oval in a game were their Semi Finals hopes were now in the hands of other teams playing around the town. Much like our 4th grade side. Winning the toss our skipper elected to bat and put the runs on the board for Waratah-Mayfield to chase.
The game was a 50/50 game between bat and ball all day as our batters worked to bat out their overs which they managed to do ending 9 for 193 from their 40 overs.
Best with Bat: Chad Mayo (57), Patrick Huolohan (34*) & Hamish Bartlett (25)
First wicket fell with 0 on the scoreboard however the game was not a walk over for our 2s. A couple of partnerships from the Waratah side made sure the game went down to the wire as none of our bowlers made it there day 5 of our bowlers all picked up 1 wicket and 2 run outs were created by the boys as they worked towards a win. After the 40 overs were bowled our boys won by 13 runs with Waratah-Mayfield finishing 7 for 180.
Best with Ball: (N/A)
1st Grade played over at Waratah No.1 Oval for this weeks 2 day match played over Saturday and Sunday.Winning the toss our skipper sent Waratah-Mayfield into bat and our bowlers repaid the captain by bowling out the home side for 82.
Best with Ball: Sam Palmer (4-19)
Our batters made 5-187 in their first innings thanks to some quick runs from Troy Goodwin before a declaration was called.
Best with Bat: Troy Goodwin (86), Simon Moore (32), Pat Darwen (30) & Ben Egan (27*)
Waratah’s 2nd Innings saw them fair a little better finishing all out for 148.
Best with Ball: Mark Cameron (6-50)
Our batters need 44 runs in the final innings to obtain outright points which they comfortably were able finishing 3 for 45 with Troy Goodwin ending the match with a maximum.
Best with Bat: Mark Cameron (21)
This round saw both clubs competing for The Edwards-Gilmour Shield which is given to the club with the most wins over the seasons round between the two sides. This season the award was presented to Simon Moore at the end of Sundays play after a strong performance throughout the grades.
Our 1st Grade side finish Minor Premiers for the season and will be coming up against University next Saturday at Townson Oval the game kicks off at 10:30am.
With 1st and 3rd grade making the finals we would love for you to come down and support the players for their hard work over the season.