After Melbourne University won the toss and sent us in on a bare but sticky wicket, Brayden Stepien and MacKenzie Harvey got the ball rolling early taking us onto 36 for the first wicket. Brayden was just as destructive as we are becoming accustomed to against the new ball.
The innings stayed at a steady rate with Brayden having partnerships of 50 and 51 with the Smyth’s and 40 with Nick Ross. Some measured batting along with some power saw Brayden passing three figures for the 3rd time in his blossoming career.
After a mixup which saw the end of Brayden for 128, some clean striking from Pell, Crone and Branston saw us finish with 240 off our full 50 overs.
Some accurate and relentless bowing early saw Uni only reaching 1/35 off the first 10 overs, before Culvenor was introduced striking a couple of times immediately to have Uni 3/52 and the Blues looking in control.
But a 92 run partnership between Yaksender and Captain McNeil saw University back into the game. Enter Xavier Crone who immediately removed McNeil (33) and when Gulbis saw the end of Yaksender (66), Uni required 80 to win with only 4 wickets in hand and the game was back in control.
Tom Smyth and the quicks did the remainder of the job bowling Uni out for 211 and getting us back on the winners list.
Stevenson, Crone, Culvenor, Gulbis and Smyth all finished with 2 wickets, which illustrated the performance of the unit back in the swing of things.
It was a great response against a good side after an unacceptable performance last weekend.
By Evan Gulbis
Losing the toss on a nice looking Princes Park wicket, Melbourne University elected to bat first which provided an opportunity for us as a XI to bounce back after a disappointing loss against Essendon last weekend.
Our bowling innings started off fantastically, with our bowling groups’ skill execution first class. New ball bowling duo Woods (1-44) and Thavarajah (2-52) were exceptional early on, applying pressure and executing bowling plans as we kept MUCC to a below par score coming into the first drinks break. Lucien was dominate throughout the middle overs claiming his maiden five wicket haul, finishing with figures with 5-45. Eventually leaving MUCC at 9/262.
Our batting innings started strongly as openesr McKenna and Mattsson got our team off to a perfect start (0-50), before a dominate performance by Scheepers (100) put us in a winning position early on. A gritty innings from Mathews (54*) saw us close the game for our first win for the season. Heading into next weekend’s double head encounter with Monash Tigers and the Camberwell Magpies will be a great opportunity to place ourselves in a strong position moving forward this season.
By Jack O'Shea
Carlton bowled first and openers Todd Marchant and Harry Trenwith got us off to a great start, restricting the hosts to 1/33 in the first powerplay. Melbourne University batted well through the middle overs, with Hutton and Iqbal rotating the strike in between boundaries. It was Pettit who found the breakthrough, but Uni again regrouped with Horn joining Hutton to put on a 100+ run partnership. The partnership was broken when Connop removed Hutton for a well-constructed innings of 83. Trenwith returned to close out the innings, and he took two wickets in two balls to finishi with 4/55 (9).
Some big hitting from Uni towards the end of the innings meant they finished at 8/229 off their 45 overs, setting the Blues a required run rate of just over 5 runs an over to win the match.
Faria and Poppa started the run-chase with excellent intent, racing to 0/35 off the first seven overs. A couple of quick wickets saw the run rate slowed, and when Faria was caught for 34, Carlton were left at 3/85 at the drinks break. The Uni bowlers bowled well to their field and made it difficult for the batsmen to rotate the strike. Lemire was able to manoeuvre the ball well and keep the scoreboard ticking over, finishing with 46 in his first innings for the club.
Helpful cameos from Petsinis and O’Keefe gave Carlton a glimmer of hope, as we required 10 runs an over for the final 8 overs, but the loss of a couple of quick wickets gave Uni the upper hand. Trenwith and Pottabathini battled hard until the final ball, leaving us 23 runs short at 8/207 (45).
Overall it was a good effort to score over 200 for the second week in a row with the bat, unfortunately we were chasing 20 runs too many on what proved to be a difficult pitch to bat on late in the day.
Bowling highlights: Trenwith 4/55 (9), Marchant 2/36 (8)
Batting highlights: Lemire 46, Faria 34
By Sam Connop
Having won the toss, Melbourne University quickly vindicated their decision to bat first on a flat Princes Park 2 wicket by posting 54 in the first power play without the loss of a wicket. Their momentum was arrested with the introduction of Jordan Bastion and part time spinners Mat Vine and Abe Sheahan. Bastion bowled without luck, executing immaculate lines and lengths with the keeper up to the stumps, allowing the spinners to build pressure around him and ultimately drag University back from 0//70 to 3/97. University batsman Hugo Bienvenu, and brother of Carlton 2nd XI bowler Lucien, posted a classy 60 and laid a strong foundation before being dismissed before the start of the final power play. First gamers Joey Boulton and Thenuka Perera combined with the experience of Darren Colaco to close the innings respectfully, keeping University to 224. Boulten, Sheahan, and Vine each finished with 2 wickets. The bowling innings was unfortunately marred by 37 extras, including a whopping 21 wides and 8 no-balls.
Our response started rapidly as we closed the first powerplay with 50 runs for the loss of opener Liam Connop. A leading edge in the 25th over brought Mat Vine’s innings to a close on 62, also marking the end of a 130 run partnership with number 3 Darren Colaco. Darren’s brutal innings finished 40 runs later on 112 off of an incredibly 65 balls, ultimately icing the innings and allowing us to pass University total 5 down in the 35th over. Late wickets were disappointing, but the game was all but iced after the 1st wicket partnership.
By Mat Vine