Lions' veteran Lloyd Mash
The Bureau has issued a perfect weather forecast for the weekend's Premier Semi Finals action. 31 degrees on Saturday and 32 on Sunday, with brilliant sunshine throughout.. Details of the two semis appear below.
CAMBERWELL MAGPIES V MELBOURNE
At Camberwell Sports Ground
Umpires A Barrow & P Gillespie
Camberwell Magpies host Melbourne at Camberwell Sports Ground and, although the Demons have won both encounters this season, they will not enter the clash brimming with confidence. Semi Finals from the past two seasons have both resulted in the Demons conceding on the first day and they will be keen to remove these unhappy memories from their minds.
The Magpies overcame a big hurdle in last weekend's Quarter Finals when they knocked the Doggies out of the premiership race. It was the Magpies' first finals win for 12 years. Tom Russ had a wonderful match with 77 and 6/41, but Brendan Drew, Matt Whittaker, Will Walker and Tom Rickarby have all made significant contributions throughout the year.
The Demons will be looking to skipper Matt Brown, Premier legend Andrew Kent, who recently passed 11,000 Premier runs, Meyrick Buchanan and Blake Thomson to anchor the batting, whilst Patrick Smith, Zac Mevissen, Brad Melville, Jackson Coleman and spinner Sean Sturrock head the bowling attack.
Meetings this season
R11 (T20): Melb 3-147 (Brown 62 Buchanan 53) d Camb Mag 7-145 (Russ 57) at Camberwell
WBF: Melb 9-239 (Buchanan 96 Kent 62 Drew 4-62) d Camb Magpies 191 (Rickarby 59 Coleman 3-37) at Albert Ground
Made finals in 1999-00, 2002-03, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2011-12 and 2016-17.
Last premiership 1987-88 (Collingwood).
Last Final 1997-98.
Have made the past 10 finals series and 12 of the past 14.
Premiers in 2009-10 and 2012-13.
One-Day Premiers 2008-09, 2012-13, 2013-14.
White Ball Premiers 2016-17.
T20 Premiers 2007-08 & 2012-13.
1st XI: Drew (c), Russ, Thewlis, Hill, Bhargave, Persson-Clark, Parker, Rickarby, Walker, Whittaker, Rowles, Spence (12th).
1st XI: Brown (c), Buchanan, Coleman, J Harper, Kent, Melville, Mevissen, Petricola, Smith, S Sturrock, B Thomson, Koop.
FITZROY DONCASTER V MONASH TIGERS
At Schramms Res #1, Doncaster
Umpires G Joshua & D Shepard
Reigning premier Fitzroy Doncaster will be at home to Monash Tigers in the other Semi Final. The Lions knocked over the Tigers easily in their only meeting this season, although this was in a T20 match in Round 8. Both sides have a good blend of youth and experience. Led by wily Premier campaigners Peter Dickson and Allan Wise, the clash will be a beauty. For the Lions, key players will be all-rounder Trent Lawford, bats Tim Sheehan, Lloyd Mash and Tim Sheehan and bowlers Matt Bullen, Chris Moore and spinner Ejaaz Alavi.
The Tigers batting will rely on Dan Sartori, Sean Terry, Marcus Berryman, Andrew Chalkley and Sam Taylor. Wise, Matt Shimell, Mitch Perry, with back-up from Dom Matarazzo, Sam Kerber and Berryman form a capable bowling line-up.
Meetings this season
R8 (T20): Fitz Donc 1-65 (Hales 42no) d Mon Tigers 63 (Lawford 3-1) at Doncaster
Made finals 2001-02, 2002-03, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2012-13 and 2016-17.
Last premiership 2015-16
Last Final 2015-16.
MONASH TIGERS3rd successive finals appearance.
Last premiership 2011-12 (White Ball Premiers 2014-15, T20 Premiers 2005-06).
Last Final 2014-15.
1st XI: Dickson (c), Alavi, Vardi, Banthorpe, Frith, Mash, Moore, Bullen, Rudd, Sheehan, Lawford.
1st XI: Wise (c), Sartori, Terry, Berryman, Matarazzo, Chalkley, S Taylor, Edwards, Kerber, Perry, Shimell, Mulcahy, Mills.