James Miller (Kingston Hawthorn) will notch up his 250th Premier 1st XI match this weekend.
This weekend’s matches will see Rounds 7 & 8 take place for the Men’s Premier Cricket as they commence the first of two T20 double-header weekends, while Round 6 will see the last round of One Day games take place for Women’s Premier Cricket.
Last week’s matches saw Ringwood’s winning streak end at the hands of Footscray with a successful chase of 241 achieved by the Kennel boys, Fitzroy Doncaster turned the tables on Camberwell with a Trent Lawford masterclass of 4/40 (10 overs) and a 39 ball 95* (9 x 6’s, 5 x 4’s), Prahran took the points at Windy Hill despite Aaron Shellie’s even 100 for the Bombers, Monash Tigers returned from Bendigo with the points after a successful chase of 234 against Northcote while St Kilda too advantage of Ringwood’s upset and a bonus point from their win against Melbourne to head the table going into the T20 games.
In this week’s matches, clubs will be keen to get more points on the board before the two-day games commence, with Prahran, Geelong, Monash Tigers, Frankston Peninsula and Melbourne University all within 4 points difference occupying positions 7 to 11 on the ladder. The lower placed teams will look to use this opportunity to provide some headaches and upsets against their higher positioned rivals.
As with T20 games, anything can and will happen. The matches can change in the blinking of an eye and will test everyone from first ball to last. With double-header matches fixtured for this weekend, there will be plenty of cricket to watch across the competition.
In Women’s Premier Cricket, Round 5 saw wins to EMP over Prahran at Toorak Park, Dandenong scored their first points of the year at Yarrambat against Plenty Valley and Box Hill scraped home over Melbourne in a tight encounter at the Albert thanks to Anna Lanning’s knock of 62 (the only innings over 50 for the round).
Round 6 will commence on Saturday with EMP (1st) at home to Box Hill (3rd) at Aberfeldie Park for the first time since the ground updates at Aberfeldie, Dandenong (5th) will host Prahran (2nd) at Shepley Oval, while Plenty Valley (6th) will play host on Sunday at Yarrambat against Melbourne (4th).
Congratulations to the following members of the Premier Cricket competition for recent and upcoming milestones:
- James Miller (Kingston Hawthorn - main photo) will play his 250th Premier 1st XI match on Sunday against Frankston Peninsula. Debuting for Frankston Peninsula in 1998/99, Miller passed 5,000 career Premier 1st XI runs and 100 catches in Round 2 this season. Add on top of those already impressive figures 477 career Premier 1st XI wickets, Miller has been one of the quality all-rounders in the last two decades of Victorian Premier Cricket while serving Frankston Peninsula, Prahran and now Kingston Hawthorn.
- Ringwood coach Gavin Kellar qualifies for membership of the exclusive CV 200 Club. Gavin made his 1st XI debut for Hawthorn-Monash Uni in 1999-2000, playing 49 games before crossing to Fitzroy Doncaster in 2004-05. He played 74 matches for the Lions, crossing to Ringwood for the 2011-12 season, playing 34 matches for the Rams. With his coaching duties taking over in recent seasons, he has been non-playing coach in 42 matches.
- Glen Parker (Camberwell Magpies - right) will play his 150th Premier 1st XI game against Monash Tigers/Northcote. With 2,670 runs and 134 dismissals as wicket keeper (119 catches, 15 stumpings), Parker will be keen to contribute through the T20 games.
- Brenton McDonald (Geelong - image below) passed 250 career Premier 1st XI wickets during his spell of 4/28 against Melbourne University. This weekend will also see Brenton play his 150th Premier 1st XI game against Kingston Hawthorn.
- Tom Russ (Camberwell Magpies) will play his 100th Premier 1st XI game against Northcote on Sunday. With 2,295 Premier 1st XI runs (high score of 122) and 98 wickets, Russ will be keen to pass some close milestones in the coming weeks.
- Steven Taylor (Northcote) will play his 100th Premier 1st XI game against Camberwell Magpies on Sunday. Since debuting for Northcote in 2010/11, Taylor has already passed 2,500 Premier 1st XI runs in Round 4 and will be keen to continue his strong start to the season against the Magpies.
- Sam Harbinson (Northcote) will play his 50th Premier 1st XI game this weekend against Greenvale Kangaroos.
- Aaron Smillie (Carlton) will play his 50th Premier 1st XI game this weekend against Casey-South Melbourne.
- Matt Whittaker (Camberwell Magpies) will play his 50th Premier 1st XI game this weekend against Monash Tigers.
- Gerry Schembri – 200 matches umpired in Victorian Premier Cricket. Debuted as a Premier Cricket umpire in the 2006/07 season.
- Sahan Weerasekera – 100 matches umpired in Victorian Premier Cricket
- Daryl Brigham – 50th Premier 1st XI match umpired in Victorian Premier Cricket.
- Dylan Kight (Footscray) passed 3,500 career Premier 1st XI runs during his innings of 68* against Ringwood last Sunday.
- Meyrick Buchanan (Melbourne) passed 2,000 career Premier 1st XI runs during his innings of 3 against St Kilda.
- Daniel Hutton (Melbourne University) passed 1,500 career Premier 1st XI runs for Melbourne University during his innings of 52 against Geelong.
- Trent Lawford (Fitzroy Doncaster) took his 100th Premier 1st XI wicket with Fitzroy Doncaster during his spell of 4/40 against Camberwell Magpies.
- Morgan Persson-Clark (Camberwell Magpies) passed 1,000 career Premier 1st XI runs during his innings of 137 against Fitzroy Doncaster.
- Sunam Gautam (Greenvale Kangaroos) passed 1,000 career Premier 1st XI runs for Greenvale during his innings of 68 against Carlton.
- Matthew Bremner (Fitzroy Doncaster) took his 50th career Premier 1st XI catch against Camberwell Magpies when he caught Tom Russ.
MEN’S PREMIER 1STS
ROUND 7 – SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER (2:30pm Start)
FITZROY DONCASTER V RINGWOOD at Schramms Reserve #1
Umpires C Grant & S Brne
FOOTSCRAY V ESSENDON at Mervyn G Hughes Oval
Umpires M Hanton & S Balreddygari
PRAHRAN V ST KILDA at Toorak Park
Umpires B Davies & M Malmberg
MELBOURNE V DANDENONG at Albert Ground
Umpires R Turner & D Bomford
KINGSTON HAWTHORN V GEELONG at Walter Galt Reserve
Umpires M Gunn & M Cervetto
MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY V FRANKSTON PENINSULA at University Main Oval
Umpires V Borg & J Walker
CASEY-SOUTH MELBOURNE V CARLTON at Casey Fields #4
Umpires F Fabris & T Wendelken
GREENVALE KANGAROOS V NORTHCOTE at Greenvale Reserve
Umpires D Brigham & M Robertson
MONASH TIGERS v CAMBERWELL MAGPIES at Central Reserve North
Umpires R Birch & G Cumming
ROUND 8 - SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER (2:30pm Start)
ESSENDON V FITZROY DONCASTER at Windy Hill
Umpires S Pitts & G Vajda
ST KILDA V FOOTSCRAY at Harry Trott Oval
Umpires B Sheahan & M Muthugounder
DANDENONG V PRAHRAN at Shepley Oval
Umpires D Ireland & A Medina
GEELONG V MELBOURNE at Albert Ground
Umpires M van Eck & T Ventura
FRANKSTON PENINSULA V KINGSTON HAWTHORN at AH Butler Oval
Umpires A Hawking & D Jones
CARLTON V MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY at Princes Park #1 Oval
Umpires R Hubbard & E Kelly
GREENVALE KANGAROOS V CASEY-SOUTH MELBOURNE at Greenvale Reserve
Umpires G Azzopardi & M Nolan
RINGWOOD V MONASH TIGERS at Bayswater Oval
Umpires R McKinnon & A McCarthy
NORTHCOTE V CAMBERWELL MAGPIES at Camberwell Sports Ground
Umpires J Leonard-Scott & D Holt
WOMEN’S PREMIER FIRSTS
ROUND 6 – SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER
ESSENDON MARIBYRNONG PARK V BOX HILL at Aberfeldie Park
Umpires C James & R Harrison
DANDENONG V PRAHRAN at Shepley Oval
Umpires S Pitts & J Leonard-Scott
SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER
PLENTY VALLEY V MELBOURNE at Yarrambat War Memorial Park
Umpires A Thomas & M Rogers