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:
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:
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