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Boys’ Cricket – Performance and Leadership of Senior members see another win for MCCPosted in Cricket,Sport on Thursday, 22 February, 2018

Game 2: MCC vs Comet Bay

The second game of the season against Comet Bay kicked off much the same as the first with MCC winning the toss and electing to bat. Despite the fantastic start in the first game the decision was made to tinker with the order with Kilian Rawson going up to open with Nathan Howell and Liam Free dropping down to number 5. This change in the batting order was successful with the boys exploding in the early overs putting on a first wicket partnership of 69 of the first 8 overs, before Nathan Howell (20) was knocked over by a ball that stayed low.

From there on the innings started to go pear shaped with wickets regularly falling and the run rate plummeted. We managed to creep our way to 6/116 with Kilian Rawson the pick of the batters scoring an entertaining 44.

While disappointed with the score the boys knew that if they bowled and fielded well the score was still defendable. Liam Hannah (3/6) followed on from his fantastic performance last week by picking up 2 wickets in the first 3 overs of the innings really putting Comet Bay under pressure. Comet Bay subsequently went into their shell putting a high price on their remaining wickets creeping to the score of 2 for 33 after 9 overs. This left them needing 83 from the last 11 overs and from here on it was game on.

Some excellent captaincy led to some astute bowling changes and field positioning helped to build pressure throughout the innings. The bowlers were disciplined and well supported with some excellent catching from Liam Free and Xavier Deleo as well as a streaky runout by Ethan White. This helped MCC get right on top in the latter overs as Comet Bay were restricted to 6/103 and left lamenting about the one that got away from them.

The ability to win low scoring games early on in the competition is invaluable and builds confidence for latter in the tournament. The performance and leadership of the senior members; Liam Hannah, Kilian Rawson, Ethan White and the Co-Captains Nathan Howell and Michael Fenton was very pleasing, with all of them having stepped up from last year.

Another great result for MCC and next week we roll into our grudge match against Fredwick Irwin Anglican College. In my 4 years as coach we have yet to beat them, here’s hoping that this is the year.

Mr Tiernan O’Rourke
Team Coach