It was an even split of two wins and two losses for Essendon’s Round 15 results against Monash Tigers.
The First XI needed to take all 10 Tiger wickets with 127 runs in hand on Day Two and the task proved beyond them. The Bombers made a late charge for victory with Liam Bowe (4/79) leading the way but Monash were steered home to a five-wicket win by Daniel Sartori (54) and an unbeaten century from Sam Taylor. The loss has seen Essendon fall to fourteenth place on the ladder, two wins and a considerable percentage out of the top eight.
The Second XI not only compiled an excellent batting display with their five-wicket win over Monash, they achieved an important victory over a fellow top eight side. The Bombers needed 268 and were brilliantly served by a true captain’s knock from James Dickinson, who came within reach of not only victory but what would have been his first century of the season. Dickinson fell for 92, whereupon Isaac Conway (75*) put the finishing touches on a stirring win.
The Third XI bolstered their top four credentials with a three-wicket win over Monash. There were many moments in the Bombers’ run chase of 221 where everything could have fallen apart but they found stability and momentum in James Ryan’s match-winning knock of 84. Essendon never had the result certain until the finish line, making their win all the more satisfying.
The Fourth XI fell to a heavy 115-run defeat as their run chase against Monash collapsed after a promising start. Jack Davies (42) and Will Shannon posted 55 for the first wicket to challenge the top-placed Tigers’ total of 276. However, once the wickets started to fall Monash pushed the advantage to the death. Only Alex Pisani (53*) stood up in the face of the Tigers’ heat as Essendon fell to 161 all out.