Dandenong skipper Tom Donnell saw his side to the Final with 52* today
Fitzroy Doncaster and Dandenong are through to the Premier Final next weekend after comprehensive wins in today's Semi Finals. The match will commence next Saturday at the Junction Oval. It will be the first time these two clubs have met in the Premier Final.
Next weekend's Final, the historic first at the revamped Junction Oval, will be the 100th District/Premier Final.
The Premier Finals will be:
1sts: Fitzroy Doncaster v Dandenong at Junction Oval
2nds: St Kilda v Camberwell Magpies at Albert Ground
3rds: Melbourne Uni v Dandenong at Windy Hill
4ths: Carlton v St Kilda at Princes Park #1
Footscray, resuming on 6/99 this morning, were eventually dismissed for 138, with Dean Russ (82*) playing a lone hand for the Doggies. Chris Moore (4/48) and Trent Lawford (3/42) were the best of the Lions' bowlers, with Glenn Maxwell, Matt Frith and Ajaaz Alavi all taking one wicket each. Lawford (58 wickets @ 12.43) and Alavi (43 @ 11.51) finished first and second on the Premier bowling aggregates for the season.
In reply, Fitzroy Doncaster lost Jack Rudd (4) and Matt Frith (3) early to be 2/7, but Nat Vardi (27) and Glenn Maxwell (36) took the score to 71, when both were dismissed. Skipper Peter Dickson (43*) and keeper Liam Banthorpe (23*) then saw the Lions through to victory without further loss.
It was a foregone conclusion at Princes Park after Carlton was rolled for 54 yesterday. Brett Forsyth (0) was dismissed by Aaron Smillie early, but this was Carlton's only joy. Tom Donnell (52*) and Chris Forsyth (42*) batted through until lunch and, at 1/102, the captains agreed to pulling stumps.
In the Seconds, St Kilda (3/108) had an easy win over Melbourne Uni (99) and Camberwell Magpies (241) batted Melbourne out of the game after yesterday's showers, dismissing Melbourne for 105. The Saints will meet the Magpies in next week's Final.
In the Thirds, Dandenong (8/207) hung on grimly for a tight draw against Camberwell Magpies (7/211dec), while Melbourne Uni (167) thumped Monash Tigers (82). Dandenong meets Melbourne Uni in the Final next weekend.
In the Fourths, both Carlton and St Kilda batted out the day, thereby earning a spot in the Final next weekend. Carlton (6/144) drew with Essendon and St Kilda (5/300) drew with Camberwell Magpies.
Fitz Donc 4-139 (Dickson 43no Maxwell 36) d Foots 138 (Russ 82no Moore 4-48 Lawford 3-42)
Dand 1-102 (Donnell 52no C Forsyth 42no) d Carl 54 (Pattinson 6-13 Nanopoulos 4-15)
St Kilda 3-108 (Muirhead 46no Holmes 32) d Melb Uni 99 (Crea 3-25 Baxter 3-26)
Camb Magpies 241 (Wiseman 83 Mays 50 Newell 30 Elliott 5-46) d Melb 105 (Singh 6-53)
Melb Uni 167 (P Hatzoglou 39 Phelan 35 MacGregor 3-37 Becker 3-45) d Monash Tigers 82 (P Hatzoglou 4-19 Stevenson 4-30)
Dand 8-207 (Fernando 48) drew Camb Magpies 7(dec)211 (Trapani 73 Burrill 61 Gandy 3-62)
Carl 6-144 (Merchant 65 O'Keefe 39no) drew Ess
St Kilda 5-300 (McCaskill 70no Deighton 58 McConchie 53 McSweyn 41 Bailey 37no) drew Camb Magpies