Weekend Preview - 8 & 9 January 2022
Date of Event Victorian Premier Cricket: Fri Jan 7, 2022 12:48PM
Footscray's Dylan Kight will play his 200th Premier 1st XI match this weekend and join the CV 200 Club as well.

Christmas and New Year festivities have now been and gone, the food and drink consumed, now to get back active and back into the merry-go-round of Victorian Premier Cricket for the run towards the Finals.


Round 6 results in the Men’s 1st XI competition included two upsets (with top placed Carlton losing to last placed Greenvale Kangaroos and 3rd placed Melbourne University losing to last season’s runners-up in Dandenong who sat in 15th), a record being broken with the first double century in a Victorian Premier Cricket Men’s 1st XI match and some wonderful individual performances across the round.


5 centuries and 16 half centuries were scored across Men’s 1st XI games in Round 6, with the standout being the record-breaking innings of Ringwood’s Tom Rogers with 200* against Prahran (breaking the record set by teammate Ian Holland of 199* against Frankston Peninsula in the 2018/19 season). Other century makers in the round included Greenvale Kangaroos’ Joshua Trembearth (119 vs Carlton) and three centuries scored in the Geelong vs Kingston Hawthorn match – Geelong duo Hayden Butterworth (104) and Jack Riding (103) and Kingston Hawthorn’s Romain Grenville (101*).


With the ball, the pick of the bowlers were Northcote’s Michael Edwards (6/21 vs Camberwell Magpies) and Richmond skipper Dom Matarazzo (6/30 vs Fitzroy Doncaster in his 150th Premier 1st XI match). Others to stand out included St Kilda’s Wil Lovwll (5/36 vs Casey-South Melbourne), Melbourne’s Kyle Williamson (4/32 vs Essendon), Greenvale Kangaroos’ Sean McNicholl (4/45 vs Carlton) and Dandenong’s Gehan Seneviratne (4/42 vs Melbourne University).


Round 7 will see two long-standing members of the Victorian Premier Cricket Men’s 1st XI competition play their 200th Premier 1st XI match, with one of them also joining the CV 200 Club (the other having done so a couple of seasons prior due to also playing State and BBL games).


Carlton (2nd) host the Camberwell Magpies (17th) at Princes Park #1. The Blues will have had the holiday break to regroup after their upset loss to the Greenvale Kangaroos whilst the Magpies will be in the same boat after their unexpected batting collapse against Northcote. On paper, the Blues (despite some player absences with BBL) should still have enough experience at hand to take the points in this game and celebrate Evan Gulbis’s 200th Premier 1st XI match but I would be wary of the Magpies trying to swoop in and spoil the celebrations.


Dandenong (11th) host Ringwood (7th) at Shepley Oval. The Panthers will be keen to notch another win on the board and put pressure on the Top 8, whilst the Rams will be looking for another victory to keep them in the hunt but will likely have to do so without opener Tom Rogers after his call-up to the BBL and subsequent COVID impacts. On paper, the form has the advantage with the Rams but the comparison of stats shows both sides at a fairly even level. If the Panthers can fire again with the bat then they are a chance but gut feel suggests the Rams on the road in a close encounter here.


Kingston Hawthorn (14th) host Melbourne (5th) at Walter Galt Reserve. The Hawks were competitive against the Cats but ultimately fell short after not being able to break the key stand early enough, whilst the Demons did enough to get the points at home against Essendon. The Hawks have been improving this season and this game will give them another guide as to how far they have come along the journey. On paper though, the favouritism in this match will have to go with the visitors who will be looking to secure a Top 4 position come the end of the weekend.


Melbourne University (6th) host Frankston Peninsula (15th) at the University Main Oval. The Students will be looking to rebound after losing to Dandenong before Christmas, whilst the Heat will be keen to secure an upset win after a competitive showing against Footscray in a low scoring encounter. The Students have done enough to get by in most matches so far but will need to be switched on to avoid a situation like Melbourne at this time last season. On paper, the Students will go into this match-up as favourites but the Heat will need to bowl well if they want the upset to go their way.


The Greenvale Kangaroos (18th) host Fitzroy Doncaster (13th) at Greenvale Reserve #1. The Kangaroos will be coming into this match with some momentum pre-Christmas with their upset over Carlton and 2 consecutive wins in Vic SUPER SLAM, whilst the Lions will be looking to keep in touch with the Top 8 after a win over Richmond. The big battle here will be how the Kangaroos’ bowling attack goes against the Lions’ batting card, as this has been the Achilles’ Heel for the hosts this season. On paper, the Lions will go into this match-up as favourites and should take the points.


Prahran (12th) host Northcote (3rd) at Toorak Park. The True Blues will be fighting to keep their title defence campaign alive after losing to Ringwood before Christmas, whilst the Dragons will be keen to keep their position in the Top 4 going after their strong performance against the Camberwell Magpies gave them a boost on their Net Run Rate. On paper, both sides can play good cricket on their day but with the True Blues being impacted with player call-ups for the BBL, this is going to see them start as the underdogs. The Dragons go in as favourites in this encounter.


Richmond (9th) host Footscray (4th) at Central Reserve North. The Tigers will be looking to keep in touch with the Top 8 after losing to Fitzroy Doncaster last round, whilst the Dogs got over the line against Frankston Peninsula and have incentive with former skipper Dylan Kight joining the CV 200 Club this weekend with his 200th Premier 1st XI match. On paper, there may be a concern with the Dogs making a large score as they are the only club in the Top 8 not to have scored 1,000 runs by the break. Does this lead to a Tigers upset? Current form may suggest otherwise in this encounter.


Casey-South Melbourne (8th) host Essendon (16th) at Casey Fields #4. The Swans were defeated by St Kilda and will be keen to keep their place inside the Top 8, whilst the Bombers will be keen to cause an upset against the up-and-down Swans. The key battle that may decide this game is how the Bombers’ batting card performs against the Swans bowling attack, with these being the areas of concern for both clubs. On paper, the form currently sits with the Swans and if both spinners play will see them come away with the points in this one, but the Bombers could bring the upset here.


Finally, St Kilda (1st) host Geelong (10th) at Harry Trott Oval. The Saints moved to the top of the ladder after their win against Casey-South Melbourne, whilst the Cats also secured the points against Kingston Hawthorn. Both sides will be impacted with player call-ups to the BBL and this will be a true test of the depths of their squads, whilst the incentive of retaining top place for the Saints and a Top 8 position for the Cats will keep both clubs in the encounter. On paper, this match has the potential for an upset but the gut feel suggests the Saints will have enough depth to retain top spot.   



In Women’s Premier Cricket, Round 6 saw the weather have some impact on matches, but all 1st XI games saw a result. Dandenong broke their run of tight losses with a 32-run win over Box Hill, Ringwood defeated Prahran on DLS, Melbourne accounted for EMP in a high scoring match and Carlton comfortably defeated Plenty Valley.


In terms of individual performances, the best performance with the bat was from EMP’s Katia Jomini with 75* in a losing team. Other players to score half centuries included Ringwood duo Una Raymond-Hoey (67) and Olivia Henry (64*), Melbourne’s Zoe Samuel (60) and Carlton’s Cailin Green (62) and Nipuni Hansika (59). With the ball, it was a tougher day for the bowlers, but the best were Box Hill duo Holly Spencer (3/22) and Isabel White (3/30), whilst Carlton’s Madison Albers (3/28) also bowled well.


Round 7’s matches will see a couple of key games to keep an eye on as they will likely shape the form lines of those in contention for the Top 4 come the end of the Home and Away season.


Dandenong (5th) host Ringwood (3rd) at Shepley Oval. The Panthers will be keen to notch another win to keep their chances of Finals action and defending their title going, whilst the Rams have won 3 of their last 4 matches and will be keen to keep the momentum going to secure their first Finals appearance since being promoted to the 1st XI competition 4 seasons’ ago. On paper, this game has the makings to go either way with the Panthers’ experienced members in tight encounters over the last couple of seasons, but on current form the Rams appear to have the edge in this one.


Melbourne (1st) host Plenty Valley (8th) at the Albert Ground. The Demons have been the form side so far this season, with only 1 of their 5 wins not resulting in a bonus point win, whilst the Bats have been trying to gel together a rather inexperienced line-up in arguably one of the toughest assignments of cricket. On paper, the expectation is that Melbourne will win the match comfortably, but all eyes will be on how the young Bats handle the experienced Demons side on one of the best grounds in the competition.


Box Hill (4th) host Carlton (2nd) at Box Hill City Oval in what on paper appears to be the match of the round. The Mustangs have one of the better bowling attacks in the competition but are currently last for runs scored, whilst the Blues have currently made the most runs with the bat and sit mid-table for wickets taken with their bowling attack improving each week and their batting vastly improved from past seasons. On paper, this game has the scope to go either way, but my gut feel suggests the Blues on the road for the win if the Mustangs batting collapses again.


Finally, EMP (6th) host Prahran (7th) at Aberfeldie Park. The Bombers, despite having a noticeably weaker side than last season, have been steady with the bat but the inexperience of their attack has shown with the most runs conceded against their bowlers so far, whilst the True Blues have been steadier with the ball in terms of runs conceded but are some way off the top 6 sides for wickets taken. On paper, this match may have the makings of a good game as if Prahran wins they can force EMP to 7th but I feel that the Bombers at home are a tough proposition and may get the job done.




Congratulations go to the following members within Premier Cricket for upcoming and recently achieved milestones:



  • Footscray’s Dylan Kight will play his 200th Premier 1st XI match and join the CV 200 Club in the process when the Dogs take on Richmond at Central Reserve North. Since his debut in the 2009/10 season, Dylan has scored 5,163 runs @ 33.53 (best of 146* with 6 centuries and 28 half centuries) and has taken 277 catches and 45 stumpings.
  • Carlton Captain-Coach Evan Gulbis will also play his 200th Premier 1st XI match when the Blues host the Camberwell Magpies at Princes Park #1. Evan made his 1st XI debut for the Blues in the 2003/04 season and had a short stint at Prahran (2016/17) on return to Victoria from playing state cricket for Tasmania before returning to the Blues. Since his debut, Evan has scored 6,586 runs @ 37.21 (best of 168* with 20 centuries and 26 half centuries) and taken 141 wickets @ 21.30 (best of 6/45 with 5 x 5 wicket hauls) and 91 catches.
  • Carlton’s Adelaide Campion will play her 100th Premier 1st XI match when the Blues host Plenty Valley. Addy (as she is known as) made her 1st XI debut with Brunswick Park back in the 2011/12 season and played 40 games in 3 seasons before returning to Premier 1st XI Cricket as Carlton-Brunswick’s captain for the 2018/19 season and still holds this role at Carlton. Since her debut, Addy has scored 1,019 runs @ 15.92 (best of 67) with 2 half centuries and has taken 100 wickets @ 17.59 (best of 6/38 with 3 x 5 wicket hauls) and 40 catches.
  • Premier Panel Umpire Dale Ireland will stand in his 300th Premier Match this weekend in the Casey-South Melbourne vs Essendon Men's 1st XI game.
  • Premier Panel Umpire George Vajda will stand in his 300th Premier Match this weekend in the Geelong vs St Kilda Men’s 2nd XI game.
  • Other Premier Panel Umpire Milestones include Mark Harris and Eli Hayes (50th Premier Match each) and Patrick Mathews (Men’s 1st XI Umpire Debut).



  • Carlton’s Nick Ross passed 5,000 Premier 1st XI runs during his innings of 8 against the Greenvale Kangaroos.
  • St Kilda’s Josh Manning passed 3,500 Premier 1st XI runs during his innings of 66 against Casey-South Melbourne.
  • Ringwood’s Tom Rogers passed 3,000 Premier 1st XI runs during his innings of 200* against Prahran.
  • Northcote’s Joshua Sundberg passed 3,000 Premier 1st XI runs during his innings of 65 against the Camberwell Magpies.
  • Footscray’s Dylan Brasher passed 1,000 Premier 1st XI runs during his innings of 44 against Frankston Peninsula.
  • Melbourne’s Kyle Williamson took his 50th Premier 1st XI wicket when he bowled Essendon’s James Ryan.
  • Ringwood’s Erin Carroll took her 50th Premier 1st XI wicket when she had Prahran’s Samara Dulvin caught behind by Meg Thompson.
  • EMP’s Grace Jones took her 50th Premier 1st XI wicket when she dismissed Melbourne’s Ella Hayward caught & bowled.
  • Northcote keeper/skipper Blayde Baker took his 200th Premier 1st XI catch when he caught the Camberwell Magpies’ Oliver Jenkins off the bowling of Michael Topp.
  • Dandenong’s Tom Donnell took his 150th Premier 1st XI catch when he caught Melbourne University’s Noah Croes off the bowling of Aaron Fernando.



ROUND 7 – SATURDAY 8 JANUARY (11:00am Start)


Umpires S Balreddygari & M Malmberg


Umpires B Davies & M Muthugounder


Umpires C Grant & J Leonard-Scott


Umpires C James & S Pitts


Umpires D Brigham & P Mathews


Umpires A Ali & R Birch

RICHMOND V FOOTSCRAY at Central Reserve North

Umpires A Medina & M Wood


Umpires D Ireland & L McCabe

ST KILDA V GEELONG at Harry Trott Oval

Umpires W Downey & J Wyatt



ROUND 7 – SUNDAY 9 JANUARY (11:00am Start)


Umpires S Olufson & M van Eck


Umpires G Azzopardi & J Wyatt

BOX HILL V CARLTON at Box Hill City Oval

Umpires G Bawa & M Muthugounder


Umpires M Nolan & B Sheahan

Last updated: Friday January 7, 2022 4:33PM
Author: Will Rice