In 1891 and 1892, the MCC were runners up to East Melbourne, the deciding match of the 1893 season was played at the South Melbourne ground. Melbourne were undefeated during the season while East had only lost one match, the deciding game was a crushing defeat for East Melbourne.
From the Argus 1893 September 4th:
MELBOURNE V. EAST MELBOURNE.
"The match for the pennant was played at the South Melbourne ground on Saturday afternoon. As this was the deciding match of the season between these clubs as to who should hold the Spalding trophy for the ensuing 12 months, great interest was taken in it. Melbourne had not suffered a defeat during the season, while East had only lost one match – that against Melbourne earlier in the season. Saturday’s match showed a crushing defeat for East Melbourne, Melbourne getting 30 runs against 16. The whole nine innings aside were played in the 108 minutes taken.
Melbourne went away with a strong lead in the three first innings, their batting being very superior. Altogether they obtained 8 three-base hits and 1 two-base hit. They were 58 times at bat and reached first base 39 times, obtaining 15 stolen bases. In every department of the game Melbourne showed to advantage, their battery (Messrs. C. Over and McKay, and after the fifth innings McKay and Neubert) being very much in advance of Harry, Laver, and Seidel, although only two men on each side were struck out.
A very nice piece of double play was shown by Irwin and Ross and Ross and Neubert, who retired Messrs. Carter and Bruce at first base and home in one act. East Melbourne were at bat 40 times, getting only 18 times to first base and obtaining 7 stolen bases, while 9 errors were recorded against them. Mr Alexander umpired the game in his usual masterly manner.
MCC .. .. .. .. 2, 9, 5, 1, 5, 0, 0, 5, 3 .. .. 30
East Melbourne .. 0, 1, 2, 4, 4, 1, 1, 0, 3 .. .. 16
During the season Melbourne have met St. Kilda, Carlton, Essendon, South Melbourne, Fitzroy, Richmond, and East Melbourne twice each, and won on every occasion. Their batting has been very strong; for 101 innings played they have totted up 353 runs, against their opponents 79 runs. Both Melbourne and East Melbourne have two “legs” in for the Spalding trophy, which has to be won three times before becoming the property of any club.