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:
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 OvalUmpires 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 HillUmpires S Pitts & G Vajda
ST KILDA V FOOTSCRAY at Harry Trott OvalUmpires B Sheahan & M Muthugounder
DANDENONG V PRAHRAN at Shepley OvalUmpires D Ireland & A Medina
GEELONG V MELBOURNE at Albert GroundUmpires M van Eck & T Ventura
FRANKSTON PENINSULA V KINGSTON HAWTHORN at AH Butler OvalUmpires A Hawking & D Jones
CARLTON V MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY at Princes Park #1 OvalUmpires R Hubbard & E Kelly
GREENVALE KANGAROOS V CASEY-SOUTH MELBOURNE at Greenvale ReserveUmpires G Azzopardi & M Nolan
RINGWOOD V MONASH TIGERS at Bayswater OvalUmpires R McKinnon & A McCarthy
NORTHCOTE V CAMBERWELL MAGPIES at Camberwell Sports GroundUmpires J Leonard-Scott & D Holt
WOMEN’S PREMIER FIRSTS ROUND 6 – SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER ESSENDON MARIBYRNONG PARK V BOX HILL at Aberfeldie ParkUmpires C James & R Harrison DANDENONG V PRAHRAN at Shepley OvalUmpires S Pitts & J Leonard-Scott SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER PLENTY VALLEY V MELBOURNE at Yarrambat War Memorial ParkUmpires A Thomas & M Rogers