A victorious return to the main


SEASON 2021-22 ROUND THIRTEEN

FEBRUARY 20, 2022


DIVISION ONE

OLD SCOTCH CC 4/151 (25)

def. MELBOURNE HIGH 7/150 (40)

Hemp 56, N Sparks 1/7


The 1st XI had the privilege of taking to the Main Oval to tackle Haileybury on Sunday, intent on continuing a strong run of form into the business end of the season.


OH won the toss and decided to have a bat, on a decent looking Main surface, making a fairly sedate start, following an early Will Clark breakthrough. Will Hays also showed some promising signs with the new ball, before Sam Shearer and Nick Sparks, having his first bowl for OSCC this year, continued to mount the pressure. N Sparks was particularly impressive, bowling with good rhythm and pace and only conceding seven runs from his six overs. From there, the middle and back-end overs were controlled by the trio of Will Bonwick, Cam Hemp and Mike Sparks and Haileybury could only meander to a score of 150 off their 40 overs.


Haileybury made the perfect start with the ball, dismissing S Shearer in the first over. After this early setback, Hemp and M Sparks were able to develop a solid 50 run partnership and get the chase properly underway. Hemp played some great attacking strokes and also placed good value on his wicket, seeing the boys home with helpful contributions from Sam Dawborn and N Sparks.


A fairly comfortable afternoon for the OSCC boys, with the tough task of Old Melburnians at Flack Park this week to end the home and away season.




DIVISION TWO

OLD SCOTCH CC 6/205 (40)

def. by SOUTH CAULFIELD 5/208 (38.5)

Melville 128, Halse 3/34


With the 2s preparing for yet another finals series, Captain John Stavris was absent on a Personal Development expedition at Mt Kosciuszko to help the 2s climb the #SemiFinalSummit in a couple of weeks time. Stand-in skipper Tom Edney won the toss on a great Melville Oval deck and chose to bat against a fired-up South Caulfield side.


Despite losing Schillo early, Cam Melville and Mitch Sennitt (27) got the boys off to a great start before Sennitt was run-out from a fantastic piece of fielding to have the score at 2/89 just after drinks. Melly was seeing them like beach balls, so the middle order kept feeding him the strike and he continued to dispatch any loose bowling to the boundary, passing 50. But could he clear the rope for the first time in his career?


When a spinner dragged one down, Melly lent back and pulled it over mid-wicket, clearing a fully outstretched fielder for the first maximum of his illustrious career. There was delirium on the sidelines from his teammates, there was a hug out in the middle from Dos (the non-striker) and the 1s while fielding up on the Main Oval even knew about it! Later, Melly went big again over long-on for another 6 cuing more celebrations from the sidelines, this time with the 1s also watching on in their innings break.


Melly’s innings was brilliant right from the start and he batted phenomenally to carry his bat for the 40 overs before being dismissed on the final delivery of the innings. A magnificent 128 from Melville helped us post 6/205, our highest total for the season so far.


Congratulations to Cam on a phenomenal century (and for ending his 27-year drought to hit a 6!).


Despite posting a big score, it was always going to be hard to defend against a South Caulfield side who always seem to post big totals themselves. Luck just didn’t seem to fall OSCC’s way either with Will Meggitt (0/24 off 7) bowling a brilliant opening spell but failing to be credited a wicket. Wickets were tough to come by as South Caulfield built partnerships, but we were well and truly in the game when Hock took a brilliant catch off Halse (3/34 off 7) to remove their set batsman with the score at 4/162 with 6 overs left. Unfortunately, some great hitting from South Caulfield got them over the line with 7 balls to spare. A tough loss, but certainly plenty of positives to come from it on a special day for Melly on the Melly!


Having already secured a spot in the finals, the 2s travel to Caulfield next week looking to win and secure either 2nd or 3rd spot, pending other results.




DIVISION THREE

OLD SCOTCH CC 9/169 (40)

def. POINT COOK 161 (39.3)

S Polmear 61, Griffiths 3/11


Match report coming soon...