Monday, 22 December 2008
Eton trail Melbourne Grammar School by 207 with 8 first innings wickets standing
The day started overcast and breezy and Melbourne Grammar School chose to bat. After 80 overs in the field yesterday Eton started another marathon - 85 overs today. MGS batted patiently and a century by Trotter (whose grandfather, Simon Douglas-Pennant, was an Eton cricketer in the 50s) was the anchor of their innings. The fielding improved as the day wore on, and Eton dug deep to maintain their resistance, and showed tremendous resilience. Here are the bowling figures: Priest 15-1-66-4, Sangha 20-3-62-0, Barber 16-1-43-0, Hopton 11-1-37-1, Fox 9-1-37-0, Hobson 10-1-26-2, Gross 4-0-29-1. A total of 307 for 9 represents a very fair target. Eton's reply has started well and play closed at 100-2 in bright sunshine. 25 from Hobson, 37 from Nath, with Cox and Gross the overnight batsmen. A strong MGS bowling attack will look to dominate in the morning while Eton's batsmen must maintain their patience and their concentration if they are to force a win.