A frustrating weekend where rain was the victor has seen the Round 13 matches of Victorian Premier Cricket 1st & 3rd XI’s rescheduled as One Day matches (these are available under Round 18 on the Fixture). Premier 2nd & 4th XI matches will continue under Ordinary Conditions from last weekend.
Player and team statistics from last weekend are kept active for end-of-season averages, career game milestones and ladder purposes, therefore recognising performances from last weekend like:
This round’s rescheduled matches do not count to White Ball ladders or qualifications for White Ball Finals. All 1st XI games will commence at 11:00am.
Sunday will see the White Ball Finals played across the 4 grades of Premier Cricket. Congratulations to everyone that has been successful in making the Finals.
The main game on Sunday will be between Carlton and Dandenong at Princes Park #1 (11:00am start). Both sides will be keen to take home the title, while final line-ups will be unsettled until prior to the coin toss with injuries and state team selections potentially impacting both teams.
Journalist Paul Amy (Leader Newspaper) has written a preview on the match. This can be accessed online at the following link: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/south-east/sport/dandenong-and-carlton-will-battle-it-out-for-the-white-ball-crown-on-sunday/news-story/0b075efb6493d95048bc3f2c2d6205a4
The details for the remaining White Ball Finals are listed below:
Women’s Premier Cricket this weekend will take on a different shape, with the Women’s Premier 2nds playing this Sunday in games, before the Round 6 matches in the Women’s Premier 1sts are played later in the week.
Only 4 points separates 2nd and 6th positions on the ladder and with only two rounds of T20 games before the Women’s T20 Finals, every match will count as the action on the field heats up.
Matches on Wednesday 24th January (5:30pm start) will see EMP (6th) at home at Aberfeldie Park against Plenty Valley (5th) with the winner of the match to stay in the hunt to sneak that all-important 2nd position. Melbourne (1st) play host at the Albert to Coburg (7th) with the Demons coming off a vital win against Ringwood last game to hold a 4-point buffer on top spot and Dandenong (2nd) host neighbours Ringwood (4th) at Shepley Oval in the match that could decide who competes in the T20 Final on the 10th February.
On Australia Day (Friday 26th January), Prahran (8th) will take on Box Hill (3rd) from 3:00pm as part of the Maddie’s Shield #2 fundraising day for the Maddie Riewoldt Foundation to assist with finding treatments for Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome.
A celebrity T20 match will commence the day at 10:30am, followed by the Prahran-Box Hill Women’s match. Both teams will be keen to play positive cricket, with Prahran keen to provide a boil-over and Box Hill keenly looking for the points as they are only 2 points behind Dandenong.
Further details on the Maddie’s Shield #2 day can be found at https://www.mrv.org.au/events/6/maddies-shield-2.
Congratulations to the following members of the Premier Cricket competition for recent and upcoming milestones:
MEN’S PREMIER 1STS
ROUND 18 (Rescheduled Round 13 Game) – SATURDAY 20 JANUARY (11:00am Start)
FITZROY DONCASTER V CARLTON at Schramms Reserve #1
Umpires M Hanton & F Fabris
FOOTSCRAY V GREENVALE KANGAROOS at Mervyn G Hughes Oval
Umpires G Bawa & D Ireland
PRAHRAN V CASEY-SOUTH MELBOURNE at Toorak Park
Umpires A Hawking & J Leonard-Scott
MELBOURNE V MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY at Albert Ground
Umpires G Azzopardi & C Grant
NORTHCOTE V KINGSTON HAWTHORN at Bill Lawry Oval
Umpires J Walker & A Stanley
MONASH TIGERS V FRANKSTON PENINSULA at Central Reserve North
Umpires M Cervetto & B Davies
CAMBERWELL MAGPIES V GEELONG at Camberwell Sports Ground
Umpires S Pitts & M van Eck
RINGWOOD V DANDENONG at Shepley Oval
Umpires R McKinnon & B Sheahan
ESSENDON V ST KILDA at Windy Hill
Umpires R Birch & V Borg
WOMEN’S PREMIER FIRSTS T20
ROUND 5 – WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY (5:30pm Start)
ESSENDON MARIBYRNONG PARK V PLENTY VALLEY at Aberfeldie Park
Umpires C Francis & J Mistry
MELBOURNE V COBURG at Albert Ground
Umpires J Watson & J Leonard-Scott
DANDENONG V RINGWOOD at Shepley Oval
Umpires C Lai & R Harrison
ROUND 5 – FRIDAY 26 JANUARY (3:00pm Start)
PRAHRAN V BOX HILL at Toorak Park
Umpires C Glerum & R Harrison