Match Reports: Round 16 Day 2 v Melbourne Uni

The First XI have slipped to sixteenth on the ladder after going down to Melbourne Uni by five wickets. Essendon started the day with their backs to the wall with Melbourne Uni 0/64 in pursuit of just 146. There was a brief glimmer of hope when Clint McKay (4/40) burst through the top and middle order but that was as close as the Bombers got – Melbourne Uni closed their innings at 254.

The Second XI have nailed down a spot in the top eight with a gritty three-wicket win over Melbourne Uni. The Bombers’ chase of 168 was fitful and uncertain throughout the top order, with batsmen making starts but not building upon the foundations. At 4/86, it seemed Essendon were teetering on the edge of a collapse. For the second week in a row, it was Connor Rutland who rose to the occasion when his team needed him most. After taking Melbourne Uni’s last three wickets in a short burst, Rutland’s 55 saw the Bombers squeeze past the required total seven wickets down.

The Third XI fought out a disappointing draw with Melbourne Uni, blowing a chance to end Round 16 on the top four. Essendon’s total of 268 proved to be just out of Melbourne Uni’s reach but the Bombers’ bowlers were unable to procure victory. Wickets were few, far between and expensive across the 80 overs, which ended with the Bombers two wickets short of a win.

The Fourth XI have paid the ultimate price after their 20-run loss to Melbourne Uni, with a finals berth now out of calculations. The Bombers were never in control of their chase of 178. Having propped up the innings, the consecutive losses of Jack Davies (48) and James Ford (33) proved fatal blows to the Bombers.

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