Round 6 was completed as a Saturday/Sunday round on the 17th & 18th November and produced some fine cricket to match the weather conditions. A number of games went down to the wire, resulting in some players having shorter fingernails than normal afterwards!
Highlights from the Round 6 action saw a number of outstanding individual performances, with the following being key highlights:
Round 7 is now a One Day match in coloured clothes and white ball across all grades after the cancellation of Day One’s play due to the wet weather experienced earlier that week (causing havoc with ground preparations).
Ringwood (12th) host the Camberwell Magpies (11th) at Russell Lucas Oval. Just 1 ladder position and 3 points separate these two sides, with both sides having shown varied form over recent rounds. The key battles here will be between all-rounders Ian Holland and David King for Ringwood against the new ball Magpie attack of Andrew Fekete and William Walker. A score of 200 might be enough to defend for someone in this match.
Melbourne University (7th) host St Kilda (1st) at the University Main Oval. Just two rounds ago, both these sides were undefeated. While the Saints have continued their winning form, Uni have dropped games to both Geelong and Frankston Peninsula. The deciding factor in this match will be how many can Uni score and how many can they limit the Saints to with their bowling line-up? With the likes of Ben Davies and Josh Bartlett running hot for the Saints at present, the only undefeated team will have to start favourites.
Carlton (3rd) host Geelong (4th) at Princes Park #1 in what can be identified as the match of the round. The Blues were very lucky to get away with the points after last round at Toorak Park, while the Cats played out of their skin to hold Essendon at bay. The Cats are hoping Brenton McDonald can return from a groin issue while the Blues may be missing their in-form quick Xavier Crone after Futures League duties earlier this week. Both sides are capable of big scores and will be keen to get the win to hold their spot inside the Top 4. Too close to call.
Fitzroy Doncaster (2nd) host Kingston Hawthorn (18th) at Schramms Reserve #1. The Lions’ have been quietly ticking away and have once again found themselves around the top end of the ladder, while the Hawks have been improving but are still yet to find a victory. The Lions had a fair scare last round against Ringwood, while the Hawks took it up to the Camberwell Magpies. The big issue for the Hawks is they need some players to get big scores and push past the starts they are getting. Against the Lions’ attack however, it will be no easy feat. Lions at home in this one.
Dandenong (8th) host Prahran (15th) at Shepley Oval. The reigning premier Panthers have been battling away and may have been sitting higher with some luck in a couple of matches, while the True Blues will be pondering what happened when they had Carlton on the ropes last round and couldn’t finish it off. An interesting battle awaits with Panthers skipper Tom Donnell and Brett Forsyth showing good form with the bat and will take on True Blues skipper Jake Hancock and Adam Bull. Bowling depth might be the decider here and this may just tip the balance in the Panthers favour.
Monash Tigers (9th) host Northcote (13th) at Central Reserve North. The Tigers will be ruing a missed opportunity to beat Melbourne last round, while the Dragons took some comfort out of achieving 1st innings points against Greenvale. The big battle in this game will be how the Tigers bowling attack of Fred Klaassen, Tom O’Connell, Dom Matarazzo and Mitch Perry go against Northcote opener Mark Phelan (2 centuries this season). Monash Tigers to start favourites at home.
Essendon (5th) host Frankston Peninsula (14th) at Windy Hill. The Bombers will be keen to get some points on the board again after a ‘bad day at the office’ with the ball down the highway at Geelong, while the Heat will be looking to take another Top 8 scalp after knocking off Melbourne Uni last round. Essendon’s attack of Clint McKay, Matt Doric, James Seymour and Liam Bowe will all be keen to return things to normal order, while the Heat will be looking for another all-round team effort to secure the points. The Bombers should have enough depth here to win this one at home.
Footscray (16th) host Melbourne (6th) at Mervyn G Hughes Oval. The Demons are heading to the Kennel on the back of a close 2-wicket win over the Monash Tigers, while the Dogs are hoping that luck can finally shine their way after a number of games where they have been in it until the last moments. Jordan Kight’s unbeaten 134 helped lift some weight off the shoulders of Dean Russ for the Dogs but they will require some more runs from the rest of the Dogs top order to give themselves something to defend against the Demons’ batting card. Demons to start favourites on the road.
Finally, Greenvale Kangaroos (17th) host Casey-South Melbourne (10th) at Greenvale Reserve #1. The Kangaroos scrambled their way to a solid total against Northcote but a lack of wickets hurt defending the total, while the Swans really took it up to the reigning premiers Dandenong in a match that could have gone either way before ending in a Draw. The Swans appear to have more depth on paper with Luke Wells providing massive value with his innings of 154 last round, but the Kangaroos have been led in recent weeks on the performances of Sunam Gautam with bat and ball. Swans will start favourites on the road.
In last weekend’s action in Women’s Premier Cricket, play was only possible in Round 7 in 2 of the 4 matches due to the wet weather experienced earlier in the week.
In the matches that were able to commence, wins were secured by Dandenong by 5 wickets over Carlton-Brunswick at Shepley Oval and Melbourne by 33 runs over Box Hill at the Albert Ground. The Essendon Maribyrnong Park vs Plenty Valley match at Yarrambat was called off on the Saturday Night, while the Prahran vs Ringwood match at the Harry Trott Oval saw play abandoned after midday without commencement (both abandonments were due to wet wicket tables).
Highlights from the weekend’s action saw:
There is no Women’s Premier Cricket fixtured for this weekend (2nd December) due to the WBBL Opening Weekend and opening round of Youth Premier League (Nearest Neighbour) matches.
Women’s Premier Cricket will resume next Wednesday night (5th December) with the opening round of the T20 competition. Matches being played next Wednesday night are as follows (all 5:15pm starts):
Finally, the PCMT would like to congratulate the Australian Women’s team on their recent victory at the Women’s World T20 in the West Indies. The Australian team contained no less than 5 Victorian representatives – skipper Meg Lanning (Box Hill), Georgia Wareham & Elyse Villani (EMP), Sophie Molineux (Dandenong) and Tayla Vlaeminck (Plenty Valley). Current NSW rep Rachael Haynes (ex-Box Hill) and current WA rep Nicole Bolton (ex-Prahran) were also members of the victorious squad. Congratulations again to all members that were in the Australian Women’s team.
Congratulations go to the following members within Premier Cricket for the following recent and upcoming milestones:
MEN’S PREMIER 1STS
ROUND 7 – SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER (11:00am Start)
MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY V ST KILDA at University Main Oval
Umpires S Olufson & M Malmberg
MONASH TIGERS V NORTHCOTE at Central Reserve North
Umpires A Barrow & C Lai
GREENVALE KANGAROOS V CASEY-SOUTH MELBOURNE at Greenvale Reserve #1
Umpires R Birch & M Robertson
FOOTSCRAY V MELBOURNE at Mervyn G Hughes Oval
Umpires L Edwards & R McKinnon
FITZROY DONCASTER V KINGSTON HAWTHORN at Schramms Reserve #1
Umpires R Hubbard & J Walker
ESSENDON V FRANKSTON PENINSULA at Windy Hill
Umpires B Davies & M Muthugounder
DANDENONG V PRAHRAN at Shepley Oval
Umpires B Sheahan & T Wendelken
CARLTON V GEELONG at Princes Park #1
Umpires S Pitts & S Balreddygari
RINGWOOD V CAMBERWELL MAGPIES at Russell Lucas Oval
Umpires G Bawa & A Medina