TNF WEEKLY WRAP Quarter Finals
Weekly wrap quarter finals
By Steven Lustig
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The Monash Tigers moved a step closer to claiming further premiership success this season, with the 1st and 4th XI’s advancing to the semi-finals after picking up victories on the weekend.
The 2nd and 3rd XI’s seasons were ended by Essendon and St Kilda respectively, while the 5th XI narrowly went down in their semi-final.
The 1st XI went to Northcote knowing that they required victory to advance, and Allan Wise (4-43) made that seemed significantly more achievable as he picked up dangerous Northcote batsman Solomon Mire with the first ball of the innings.
When Wise then grabbed the other opener with the score on just 5, the Tigers had gained the ascendency in the match.
Northcote began to force their way back into the match, but it was Wise who once again who struck, taking his and the side’s 3rd wicket after the total had been advanced to 46.
The period that followed required patience from both sides, as the Tigers bowled consistently while Northcote put a high price on their wickets.
It was the case of Northcote blinking first, with Mitch Perry (1-46) breaking the important 52-run partnership.
This dismissal triggered a strong period for the visitors, as a brilliant spell by Marcus Berryman (4-36) saw Northcote fall from 3-98 to 7-109.
A 62-run stand for the 8th wicket was looking costly for the Tigers, but a wicket apiece to Wise, Berryman and Sam Taylor (1-5) in quick succession ensured Northcote were dismissed for an attainable 186.
With an awkward 13 overs left to play in the day, the Tigers lost both Daniel Sartori (5) and Marcus Berryman (1).
Sean Terry (45) and Dom Matarazzo (9) steadied the innings, seeing the side through to stumps at 2-45.
Despite losing Matarazzo early on Sunday, Terry continued to score freely as he was joined by Sam Taylor (16).
The pair looked in control with just 100 runs to get, before Taylor, Terry and Andrew Chalkley (0) were all dismissed in a disastrous period of 3-0.
Scott Edwards (21) came together with Sam Kerber (56), as the pair looked to rebuild the innings. Edwards’ valuable cameo came to an end with the total on 116, which brought Mitch Perry (16 not out) to the crease, still requiring 71 for victory.
The young duo of Kerber and Perry combined brilliantly, playing mature innings as they slowly reduced the runs required.
Kerber fell just short of seeing his side over the line, which brought Matt Shimell (7 not out) to the crease needing 6 runs for victory with 2 wickets in hand.
Shimell held his nerve, hitting a boundary to secure a tightly-contested victory for the side.
The 2nd XI sent Essendon in to bat at Windy Hill, in search of bowling the home side out early and being able to chase down the runs.
This task proved difficult, as a cautious Essendon top order scored at 2 runs an over for the first two sessions of the day.
Wickets were hard to come by, with Ben Earney (2-43) and Sean Griffin (1-28) being the only bowlers rewarded for their efforts in the first two sessions of the day.
The match began to open up in the final session of the day, as Essendon looked to lift the scoring rate. Chris McEwan (4-63), Andrew Humphries (1-26) and Krishna Padmanabhan (1-66) were amongst the wickets on the way to dismissing Essendon for 240.
The Tigers’ chance of victory were dealt an early blow on Sunday, after openers Adam Amin (2) and Matt Mulcahy (4) were both dismissed early.
Jackson Waters (46) played a solid innings, but lacked support, with Thaveesh Attanayake (19), Sean Griffin (15) and Andrew Humphries (12) the only other batsmen to reach double figures.
The Tigers were dismissed for 127 in the 57th over, 113 runs short of the target, which brought to an end the side’s season.
The 3rd XI endured a tough day in the field on Saturday, as St Kilda batted through the day to post 9-262.
The Tigers did well late in the day to force their way back into the match, reducing the home side from 4-211 to 9-253.
Skipper Mick McKenna (4-45) was the pick of the bowlers, while Raymond Toole (2-51) also took multiple wickets.
St Kilda continued their innings on Sunday, before eventually being dismissed for an imposing 299.
The Tigers needed to score a quick rate for a chance at victory, and top order pair Tim Goodman (41) and David Carman (31) gave their side a solid platform when they moved the total to 1-81.
Despite contributions from Toby Keast (22) and Aaron Cross (20), the task proved too monumental for the side in the end, as the Tigers were bowled out for 185 and knocked out of the finals.
The 4th XI moved a step closer to adding another flag to their white-ball premiership, defeating Melbourne University by 91 runs.
The side made the most of winning the toss, batting out the entire day to reach 8-242 at stumps.
As has been the case for much of the season, the runs were spread out evenly amongst the side, with Daniel Scholz (44), Connor Ronan (38) and Tyler Walsh (34) doing most of the damage early in the day.
Exciting pair Aaron Fernando (88 not out) and Saad Khattak (30) continued to take the game away from Melbourne University, with their crucial 111-run partnership for the 9th wicket being split over Saturday and Sunday.
The innings came to a close at 9-312, with the visitors requiring a miraculous batting display for victory.
Similarly to the batting performance, the workload was shared with the ball, allowing Saad Khattak (3-58), Liam Fernando (2-15), Triyan De Silva (2-18) and Tyler Walsh (2-25) to claim multiple wickets in bowling Melbourne University out for 221.
The 5th XI fell agonisingly short of a grand final berth, after being defeated by 1 wicket at the hands of Melbourne Cobras on Sunday.
Branden Wagstaff (69) top scored as the Tigers posted a competitive 6-167 from their 45 overs.
The young side looked out of the contest at 2-91, but fought their way back into the match on the back of a brilliant bowling spell by Jack Trevethan (4-23).
The visitors snuck over the line with 9 wickets down in the 43rd over.
This weekend, the 1st and 4th XI’s play their semi-finals, with match details as follows:
1st XI: Monash Tigers vs Fitzroy Doncaster @ Schramms Reserve
4th XI: Monash Tigers vs Frankston Peninsula @ Central Reserve North
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