Blake Thomson top-scored for the Demons with a crucial 88
It was a riveting day of tough Premier Semi Final cricket with all four teams well and truly still in the hunt. A trying day for the bowlers, with warm, sunny conditions and temperatures in the low 30s, but Matt Whittaker and Marcus Berryman both registered important four-fors for their respective sides.
Melbourne skipper Matt Brown won the toss and batted at Camberwell. Petricola (7) and Meyrick Buchanan (6) fell early, but Andrew Kent (22), Matt Brown (45) and Blake Thomson (88) kept the score moving. Thomson added an important 70 runs for the eighth wicket with Zac Mevissen (30) to get the Demons to 251. Matt Whittaker (4/30) joined Carlton's Ryan Sidebottom as the leading Premier wicket-taker for the season with 45 wickets.
Camberwell Magpies, with an awkward seven-over period to weather before stumps, would have been delighted to emerge unscathed and will resume tomorrow morning on 0/19.
Lions' skipper Peter Dickson also won the toss and elected to bat first against Monash Tigers at Schramms Reserve. The loss of Matthew Frith (19) and Jack Blyth (16) made it 2/44, but Dickson (86), Tim Sheehan (29) and Nat Vardi (42) pushed it out to 3/197 before Matt Shimell (2/51) and Marcus Berryman (4/36) combined as the Lions lost 5/23. Liam Banthorpe (24*) and Chris Moore (10*) resume tomorrow morning on 8/258. Fitzroy Doncaster can bat for another 10 overs before the compulsory declaration.
Stars today in the lower grades included legendary 44 year-old leggie Bryce McGain, with five wickets for Prahran 2nds, St Kilda 3rds 18 year-old opener William Taylor with a brilliant 157 at the Harry Trott Oval and Monash Tigers 4ths bat Corey Williams (101*), also 18, who registered his first ton for the club.
Camb Magpies 0-19 v Melb 251 (Thomson 88 Brown 45 Mevissen 31 Whittaker 4-30)
Fitz Donc 8-259 (Dickson 86 Vardi 42 Berryman 4-36) v Monash Tigers
Frank Pen 165 (Salerni 53 Waterfall 47 Turner 4-45 Sweeney 3-17) v Dand 3-59
Ess 8-272 (Ryan 44 Perera 45 Dickinson 67 McGain 5-100) v Prah
Ring 0-25 v Geel 8(dec)227 (Collins 90 Rodgers 44 Carter 3-37)
St Kilda 8-343 (Taylor 157 Cooper 76 L Meddings 51 T Volitakis 4-56) v Ncte
Monash Tigers 7-252 (Williams 101no Pellin 42 Lavery 3-27) v Frank Pen
Carl 0-31 v Prah 205 (Brown 74no Khedkar 34 Thavarajah 4-44 O'Brien 3-52)
Women's Firsts Final
Ess Mar Pk 4-156 (Schilov 36no Strano 34 Brennan 3-21) d Box Hill 155 (Jennings 66 A Lanning 44 Strano 4-13)