Sunshine and fair weather greeted players last Saturday, with batsmen capitalizing on the conditions to score 6 centuries in 1st XI games, while some bowlers had success if they were prepared to bowl in the right areas.
At Camberwell Sports Ground, the Magpies will need to pull something out of the fire after Casey-South Melbourne finished the day at 9/329 after a well-compiled 125 from Michael Wallace, 83 from keeper Devin Pollock and 67 from Jared Maxwell, despite the efforts of the Magpies’ opening attack of Andrew Fekete (4/112) and William Walker (5/44 off 20 overs). The partnership between Wallace and Pollock brought a stand of 161 for the 6th wicket, in the process breaking a club record that was set in 1946/47 of 153 for that wicket by the great Lindsay Hassett (143) and Ken Aldenhoven (53*). The Magpies will need to have a couple of batsman fire and put on a stand of 150+ to give it a real go at chasing the target, as the Swans have a more-than-handy bowling attack. Swans with the upper hand in this one.
At Princes Park #1, the home side Carlton hold the upper hand in this match after making 296 (Xavier Crone 75, Harrison Smyth 62, Nicholas Ross 51) before having Frankston Peninsula 1/8 after 5 overs. The Blues (despite missing Mackenzie Harvey with a shoulder) were able to string together some key partnerships that helped to get the score to where it finished, with a partnership of 113 for the 8th wicket between Crone and Cam Stevenson (44) a highlight. The Heat will need to find someone to bat around early on Day Two, otherwise they could find themselves batting a second time trying to stave off an outright.
At Shepley Oval it was the Brett Forsyth show. The Dandenong opener celebrated his induction into the CV 200 Club by batting through the day for his beloved Panthers, finishing with 125* out of their 8/275. Opening partner and skipper Tom Donnell scored 65, while Tom O’Connell was the best of the Monash Tigers’ bowlers with 4/88. This will be an interesting game to see what happens on Day 2 as anything could be possible with both sides playing good cricket and capable of anything on their day.
At Windy Hill, Essendon are in the box seat starting Day Two at 1/86 in reply to Kingston Hawthorn’s 204. The Hawks had 4 ‘starts’ with skipper Ryan Ninan (45), Akshay Kodoth (43), Justin Kramersh (35) and Jack Marnie (33) all getting settled but missing out with Bomber quick Matt Doric (4/66) leading the Bombers’ attack. In reply, 48 from James Seymour and 33* from Aaron Ayre has the Bombers in prime position to get the points on Saturday.
At Schramms Reserve, Melbourne batted and finished the day at 9/266 after an even spread of run scorers led by Sam Harper (62), Sean Sturrock (50*) and Matthew Brown (48). Reigning Ryder Medallist Trent Lawford (4/70) and Sam Elliott (2/64) were the pick of the Lions’ bowlers in a day that was mixed for the bowlers, with Andrew Perrin only bowling 4.3 overs for the day. The Lions’ will be keen to finish off the Demons’ innings to give themselves the best chance of chasing down the total.
At Mervyn G Hughes Oval, Footscray will be keen to put an end to Ringwood’s innings after the Rams’ finished the day at 6/249 on the back of David King’s 16th Premier 1st XI century (131). Rams’ skipper Ian Holland (33) led the remainder of the batsmen that held up an end while King composed his century, while Jack Sheppard (2/46) and Lucas Dredge (2/32) were the pick of the Footscray bowlers. The Bulldogs will need to push the game along and if the batting line-up can find a couple of batsmen that can put on a strong partnership then the game can still go either way.
At University Main Oval, 15 wickets fell for 248 runs with the home side Melbourne University finishing the day at a shaky 5/60 in reply to Geelong’s 188. For the Cats, Tim Ludeman (53) and quick Jake Reed (37*) led a rearguard action with key knocks despite the bowling of Steven Reid (4/35), Alex Gregory (2/37) and Wes Agar (2/48) for Uni, before Reed (2/22) and Dom McGlinchey (2/8) provided the counter-punch for the Cats to leave Uni in the unstable position they are in by Stumps. If the Cats can get the overnight batsmen out quickly on the second morning, then they should take the points.
At Greenvale Reserve, the home side were on the back foot after Prahran handed them a batting masterclass, finishing the day at 5/366 after Adam Bull’s innings of 151, with support from Jacob Serry (65), skipper Jake Hancock (43) and Nathan McNally (37*). The Roos’ shining light was Sunam Gautam, finishing the day with 3/115 in a day that was trying for the bowlers. This innings will now put pressure on the Roos’ batting line-up to bat as much of the day out as possible without being forced into a 2nd Innings, while Prahran will be looking to secure as many points as they can.
Finally at the Junction Oval, St Kilda cashed in on their home ground by scoring 5/378 in the Indigenous Round match against Northcote. A 249-run partnership between Ben Davies (133) and Josh Manning (137) laid the foundation for the Saints’ big score, with only Aaron Crispe (3/119) receiving any reward for his persistence for the Dragons. St Kilda will need to make sure they push hard to get all 10 wickets out to keep their unbeaten start to the Victorian Premier Cricket season going.
In last weekend’s action in Women’s Premier Cricket, Dandenong came away with an upset victory over Melbourne in a low-scoring game, Carlton-Brunswick and Plenty Valley finished up sharing the points with a tied match at AG Gillon Oval, Box Hill took the points on the road against neighbours Ringwood, while Prahran continued their unbeaten ways with a 5-wicket victory over arch rivals Essendon Maribyrnong Park.
Highlights from the weekend’s action saw:
This week’s action will be interesting to see how certain sides perform, with this weekend seeing another weekend of WNCL action interstate (the last weekend prior to WBBL). This will impact some club line-ups and may give some sides a sniff of an upset victory.
Essendon Maribyrnong Park (7th) host Carlton-Brunswick (4th) on Saturday at Bill Lawry Oval. The Bombers’ are expected to be missing Chloe Rafferty and Molly Strano with WNCL duties and will be keen to secure more points in what has been a tough start to their season. The Strikers will be keen to hold their spot inside the Top 4 and will see this as a danger game, regardless of who is in the Bombers’ line-up. A game that could be decided by the toss of the coin.
Sunday’s play will see Plenty Valley (5th) host Dandenong (6th) at Yarrambat. Both sides have a chance of finishing play inside the Top 4 if other results go their way and will be keen to keep their seasons going. The Bats were perhaps a little unlucky to come out of last week’s match with a Tie and will be keen to get those additional points but will be doing so without skipper Rhiann O’Donnell on WNCL duty, while the Panthers will be keen to capitalize on their morale-boosting win over Melbourne but will be missing Nicole Faltum, Courtney Neale and Lucy Cripps to WNCL duty. Plenty Valley may just have a little more depth but another tight game to determine a winner.
Box Hill (2nd) will host the undefeated Prahran (1st) at Box Hill City Oval. This is a game that Box Hill could get an upset win as Prahran are missing all of Duffin, Sutherland, Inglis and King on WNCL duties. The Mustangs’ had Anna Lanning play her first game last weekend, but is unavailable with WNCL duties for the ACT this round. This game will be a tough one to judge and could go either way.
Finally, Melbourne (3rd) host Ringwood (8th) at the Albert Ground. The Rams’ will be looking to get a positive result but may find it hard against a side that will be keen to bounce back after a poor effort with the bat last weekend. The Demons’ on paper have a stronger side and will be missing Amy Vine, Anna O’Donnell and Elly Donald on WNCL duties, which may make it more competitive for the Rams. With the game being at the Albert, the Demons will start as favourites in this match.
Congratulations go to the following members within Premier Cricket for the following recent and upcoming milestones:
WOMEN’S PREMIER 1STS
ROUND 6 – SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER (11:00am Start)
ESSENDON MARIBYRNONG PARK V CARLTON-BRUNSWICK at Bill Lawry Oval
Umpires C Glerum & S Weerasekara
ROUND 6 – SUNDAY 11 NOVEMBER (11:00am Start)
PLENTY VALLEY V DANDENONG at Yarrambat War Memorial Park
Umpires B Sheahan & A Gaughan
BOX HILL V PRAHRAN at Box Hill City Oval
Umpires R Harrison & J Collins
MELBOURNE V RINGWOOD at Albert Ground
Umpires R Patterson & J Wyatt