Nat Vardi (Fitzroy Doncaster) will play his 100th Premier 1st XI match this round against Frankston Peninsula.
After an ‘enforced’ one day match due to weather, Premier cricketers are now looking ahead to the Two-Day matches ahead.
With the updated forecast indicating clear weather for this weekend and temperatures in the mid-20s, clubs are now looking forward to jumping into the Two-Day section of the fixture before the Christmas/New Year period.
Last weekend’s matches saw some interesting results, with Essendon jumping back into the Top 8 (at the expense of Geelong) with a big win over Ringwood at Windy Hill thanks to James Seymour’s 128*, Footscray pinching the points in a low scoring game at home against Frankston Peninsula, Casey-South Melbourne took the points with a team performance over Kingston Hawthorn with the effort of 16 year-old spinner Jonah Serong (5/29) a feature of the game and Dandenong were made to work hard for the points against Monash Tigers at Central Reserve North, eventually getting home by 6 wickets with 14 balls to spare off the backs of Tom Donnell (84) and Comrey Edgeworth (55).
Some top matches are on show this round, with three of this round’s matches involving 6 of the teams currently inside the Top 8 on the ladder. Frankston Peninsula (8th) are hosting Fitzroy Doncaster (4th) at AH Butler Oval, St Kilda (5th) play host to Ringwood (7th) at Harry Trott and the top of the table clash at Princes Park #1 will be a shoot-out between Carlton (1st) and Footscray (3rd).
In other games, Geelong (9th) play host to Monash Tigers (11th) with the latter keen to keep their chances of Finals alive, Greenvale Kangaroos (17th) are at home to Prahran (13th), Casey-South Melbourne (18th) will be keen to make it back-to-back wins when they host Melbourne (14th) at Casey Fields, Melbourne Uni (10th) host Kingston Hawthorn with a chance to get inside the Top 8 if results go their way, Dandenong (2nd) host Camberwell Magpies (12th) with the Magpies looking to bounce back from their heavy loss to St Kilda last weekend and the in-form Essendon (6th) will host Northcote (15th) at Windy Hill.
Women’s Premier Cricket saw Round 3 of the T20 games played, with most of the Premier 1st XIs impacted due to the opening weekend of the WBBL.
Highlights from the weekend’s matches:
- The promoted Ringwood side notch up their first ever win in WP1 with an 8-wicket victory over Prahran with Gabby Basketter (30* and 2/18) the main lynchpin in this overdue success;
- Melbourne pinched victory over EMP at Aberfeldie Park by 5 wickets with 2 balls to spare, with Amy Vine (38*) providing the cool head in the dying overs;
- Box Hill held on by 10 runs over Plenty Valley with Cassie Brock (33* and 2/15) proving the force that the Valleys couldn’t overcome, despite the efforts of Jacinta Goodger-Chandler (32*) in the final overs, while;
- Dandenong were far too strong for Coburg, with Joanne van der Veen (66*), Chelsea Moscript (4/12) and Emma Gallagher (2/14) having a major say in the match, despite the fighting efforts of Rebekah Morris (25) for Coburg.
This weekend’s matches will be the last round played by the Women’s section before the Christmas/New Year period and will see Box Hill at home against EMP, Ringwood play host to fellow promoted side Coburg, Prahran welcome Dandenong to Toorak Park and Melbourne will make the trip to Yarrambat to play Plenty Valley. All games commence at 11am, with the matches at Box Hill City Oval, Yarrambat and Toorak Park double-headers with the host club’s 2nd XI’s playing at 2:30pm.
Congratulations to the following members of the Premier Cricket competition for recent and upcoming milestones:
- Nat Vardi (Fitzroy Doncaster) will play his 100th Premier 1st XI match this round against Frankston Peninsula. Vardi has been a handy batsman over recent years and will be keen to post a big score this season (currently has 169 runs this season @ 21.13 with a high score of 41). With the milestone of 2,000 career Premier 1st XI runs only a handful of runs away, Vardi will want to make this match count for the Lions as they travel to Frankston.
- Morgan Persson-Clark (Camberwell Magpies) will play his 50th Premier 1st XI match this round against Dandenong. Persson-Clark passed 1,000 career Premier 1st XI runs earlier this season when he made his maiden century in Round 6 (137 vs Fitzroy Doncaster) and will be keen to get another score against Dandenong.
- Trent Lawford (Fitzroy Doncaster) will play his 50th Premier 1st XI match for Fitzroy Doncaster this round against Frankston Peninsula. Lawford has also previously played 14 Premier 1st XI matches for North Melbourne in the 2012/13 season, prior to two season with Adelaide Cricket Club in SACA Premier Cricket (where he made his First Class debut for SA).
- Tom Donnell (Dandenong) passed 6,500 career Premier 1st XI runs for Dandenong during his innings of 84 against Monash Tigers in Round 11.
- Thomas Rickarby (Camberwell Magpies) passed 3,000 career Premier 1st XI runs for Camberwell Magpies during his innings of 62 against St Kilda in Round 11.
- Mark Phelan (Northcote) passed 2,000 career Premier 1st XI runs during his innings of 61 against Melbourne University in Round 11.
- Nishal Perera (Essendon) passed 1,000 career Premier 1st XI runs during his innings of 2 against Ringwood in Round 11.
- Brendan Rose (Casey-South Melbourne) passed 500 career Premier 1st XI runs during his innings of 20* against Kingston Hawthorn in Round 11.
- Matthew Fotia (Ringwood) took his 100th career Premier 1st XI wicket in Round 11 against Essendon when he dismissed Patrick Matautaava.
MEN’S PREMIER 1STS
ROUND 12 – SATURDAY 16 & SATURDAY 23 DECEMBER (11:00am Start)
FRANKSTON PENINSULA V FITZROY DONCASTER at AH Butler Oval
Umpires B Davies & M van Eck
CARLTON V FOOTSCRAY at Princes Park #1 Oval
Umpires G Azzopardi & M Hanton
GREENVALE KANGAROOS V PRAHRAN at Greenvale Reserve
Umpires S Pitts & T Wendelken
CASEY-SOUTH MELBOURNE V MELBOURNE at Casey Fields #4
Umpires L Edwards & R Hubbard
MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY V KINGSTON HAWTHORN at University Main Oval
Umpires J Leonard-Scott & R Birch
ST KILDA V RINGWOOD at Harry Trott Oval
Umpires G Bawa & M Malmberg
DANDENONG V CAMBERWELL MAGPIES at Shepley Oval
Umpires A Hawking & S Olufson
GEELONG V MONASH TIGERS at Geelong Cricket Ground
Umpires V Borg & F Fabris
ESSENDON V NORTHCOTE at Windy Hill
Umpires C Grant & B Sheahan
WOMEN’S PREMIER FIRSTS T20
ROUND 4 – SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER (11:00am Start)
BOX HILL V ESSENDON MARIBYRNONG PARK at Box Hill City Oval
Umpires R Harrison & D Hill
RINGWOOD V COBURG at Jubilee Park (Ringwood) #2
Umpires G Lloyd & G Schache
PRAHRAN V DANDENONG at Toorak Park
Umpires D Meagher & M Nair
PLENTY VALLEY V MELBOURNE at Yarrambat War Memorial Park
Umpires L McCabe & M Rogers