SEASON 2022-23 ROUND 7
DECEMBER 11, 2022
OLD SCOTCH CC 3/358 (40)
def. MELBOURNE HIGH 2 194 (39)
S Shearer 205*, N Sparks 4/16
Round 7 proved to be a very special weekend for the First XI, with captain Sam Shearer notching up a double ton in a dominant win over Melbourne High 2. Scotch elected to bat first and set an insurmountable total of 358 off their 40 overs. Sparks (28) and Sennit (63) opened with a flurry of runs before captain Shearer (205*) came to the crease at 1/36. He was ably supported throughout in a partnership of 120 with Sennit and in the middle order with Dawborn (26) and Clark (22*). After securing his century, Shearer went on to big runs, bringing up his two-hundred on the first ball of the final over and taking the red ink to finish not-out.
Melbourne High batted admiralty but never looked likely to reach Scotch’s mammoth total. A share of wickets to Sutherland (1/20), Bonwick (1/34), Easton (1/18) and Cormack (1/27) quelled the pursuit of the upper order before Sparks ran through the middle order and finished with the best figures of the day with 4/16. Scotch bowled the visitors out in the 39th over with rain threatening in what was a dominant display from the home team who will look to consolidate their position in the upper regions of the ladder. With one game to play until Christmas, the firsts are at home again to the old enemy, Melbourne Grammar, this weekend.
OLD SCOTCH CC 173 (39)
def. by NORTHCOTE 7/174 (35.5)
T Whitelaw 57, Z Griffiths 26 & 3/28, O McLeish 3/8
The 2XI had an exciting debutant to welcome to the club. Zoe, daughter of President Mark Griffiths became the first female player in the history of the Old Scotch Cricket Club. Unfortunately the father daughter partnership didn’t last long, with Mark dubiously dismissed on the second ball.
Zoe (26) however, batted beautifully in a long partnership with Tom Whitelaw (57) who keeps up his stellar form. Despite the great start, being 2/97 at drinks, the team could not capitalize with Northcote bowling well to restrict us to be all out for 173 in the final over.
Northcote’s batting innings started with a flurry. The premier cricket batsmen were teeing off and certainly weren’t hanging around in case of any rain. With the score at 1/130 things looked dire. That was until Oliver McLeish (3 / 8) and Zoe Griffiths (3/28) fought us back into the game. Suddenly there was a sniff, as Northcote lost a flurry of wickets. The game was in the balance, but credit must go to the young Northcote batsmen who at 7 down, guided their team to the final 15 runs.
— John Stavris (2XI Captain)