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Defeat for MCC in Melbourne clash

The MCG hosted MCC v MCC
The MCG hosted MCC v MCC

Melbourne Cricket Club continued the Antipodean domination of Anglo-Australian cricketing rivalries this winter with victory over Marylebone Cricket Club in the traditional post-Test fixture at the MCG.

Batting first, Will Pucovski led the way for the hosts on New Year's Eve, making 56 at the top of the order with Matthew Brown adding 44 from number four.

Luke Blackaby was the standout Marylebone bowler, taking 3/30 in his ten-over spell, while there was able support from Michael Jeh, who bowled ten miserly overs in the process of picking up 1/36.

Melbourne finished their 50 overs with a competitive 245/8 and struck an early blow to the Marylebone chase, removing Nick Oldridge for just one.

Gloucestershire's Ian Cockbain was the next victim for a patient 17, but Ed Kilbee was in fine form, keeping the away side in the driving seat at 171/4.

Kilbee's dismissal for 82 prompted a turnaround in the match however - despite MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson hitting two sixes in a quick-fire 32.

He was dismissed with the match still in the balance at 204/6 but, inspired by the return of first-change bowler Jack Paynter - who finished with an excellent figures of 4/40 - Melbourne removed the remaining four wickets for just 17-runs to wrap-up a 24-run victory.

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