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Bombers are a run machine
Date of Event Victorian Premier Cricket: Sat Mar 2, 2019 7:55PM
Trent Lawford hears the death-rattle today
Trying conditions tested Premier Cricket participants today, with batsmen and bowlers all struggling in the wilting heat.
Just two centuries were scored, plus a 99 and a 96. With the ball, Monash Tigers quick Blade Baxter (6/82) took his wicket tally to 16 from the past three Saturdays. Camberwell Magpies and St Kilda appear to be good chances of hanging on to their spots in the eight, but if one falls short Ringwood or even Melbourne, with an outright, may jump in.
Essendon continued their run-scoring feats, piling on 384 against Monash Tigers. The Bombers, the highest-scoring team in Premier Cricket, had good contributions from Aaron Shellie (130), Aaron Ayre (83) and Isaac Conway (53) and, although the Tigers' finals spot is probably secure, a loss could see them miss out. It was Shellie's second Premier century and Aaron Ayre established a new club season aggregate record, reaching 930 to eclipse his own record of 910 in 2013-14. Monash Tigers were 0/10 in reply at the close.
Apart from Essendon, Footscray and Geelong also posted scores well over 300, while Melbourne Uni's finals hoped have suffered a blow at the hands of Northcote.
The Students, currently sitting just two points away from eighth spot, were rolled for 179 by the Dragons, with debutant Joe Medew-Ewen (4/55) taking the bowling honours. Northcote was 1/146 in reply, with Matt Short (80) and Mark Phelan (63*) putting on an opening stand of 145.
Footscray, with solid knocks from Dean Russ (77), Travis Dean (76) and Ash Armstrong (53), compiled 362 against Greenvale Kangaroos at Merv Hughes Oval.
Geelong declared at 8/327 against Frankston Peninsula (0/12) at the Butler Oval. Skipper Eamonn Vines (99) and Tim Ludeman (96) narrowly missed tons.
Casey-South Melbourne skipper Michael Wallace (113*) played a determined innings against Ringwood. The Rams, needing a victory to have any chance of playing finals, appeared on top for much of the day, but an obstinate last wicket stand between Wallace and Jackson Fry (3* off 48 balls) has added an unbroken 65 for the last wicket for the Swans to finish on 9/287. It was Wallace's third Premier century and his second of the season.
Dandenong (1/55) appear to be in charge of their clash with Kingston Hawthorn. The Hawks were dismissed for 150. Brett Forsyth (20) took his season aggregate to 962 at 80.16, also establishing a new club record, surpassing his skipper Tom Donnell's 945 in 2012-13.
Melbourne has thrown doen the gauntlet to Prahran at the Albert Ground. After rolling Prahran for 144 (Jackson Koop 4/41), the Demons declared at 3/145 (Seb Gotch 59*). The True Blues will resume on 1/68 in their second innings next Saturday. The Demons need an outright to have any chance of playing finals.
In the other crucial matches, Carlton (260 - Evan Gulbis 67) and Camberwell Magpies (0/15) would appear to be evenly poised at Princes Park and St Kilda (0/25) has its nose slightly in front of Fitzroy Doncaster (180) atSchramms Reserve.
All matches resume next Saturday.
Fitz Donc 180 (Banthorpe 52no Vardi 30 Alavi 30 Hall 4-44) v St Kilda 0-25
Frank Pen 0-12 v Geel 8(dec)327 (Vines 99 Ludeman 96 Jackson 32)
Monash Tigers 0-10 v Ess 384 (Ayre 83 Shellie 130 Conway 53 Willett 32 Baxter 6-82)
Melb 3(dec)145 (Gotch 59no) v Prah 144 (Boyce 32 Koop 4-41 Elliott 3-31)
Carl 260 (Gulbis 67 Ross 33 T Smyth 30 Russ 3-61) v Camb Mag 0-15
Ring v Casey-SM 9-287 (Wallace 113no Mitchell 53 Hadfield 30)
King Haw 150 (Chopra 38 Dhindsa 30 Thomas 3-12) v Dand 1-55
Foot 362 (Armstrong 53 Dean 76 Russ 77 D Kight 38 Winter-Irving 40 Gautam 3-120 Love 3-28) v Green Kang
Melb Uni 179 (McKenna 43 Rolfs 33 Rushton 3-34 Medew-Ewen 4-55) v Ncte 1-146 (Short 80 Phelan 63no)
St Kilda 311 (De Iacovo 107 McConchie 66 Simondson 4-68 Parr 3-74) v Fitz Donc 2-37
Geel 264 (Driver 95 J Larkin 45 T Larkin 35 Alexander 31) v Frank Pen 0-9
Ess 120 (Fitzpatrick 3-28) v Monash Tigers 2-164 (Viccars 73no Goodman 47 Waters 35no)
Prah 260 (Morrey 120 Jackson 49 Dhull 41 Smith 4-29) v Melb
Camb Magpies v Carl 9-355 (McKenna 142 Scheepers 57 Ross 41 Dwyer 3-76)
Casey-SM 2-57 (Clymo 30no) v Ringwood 259 (Toohey 72 Hastie 61 Masters 39 Beer 35 Maxwell 3-30 Sathyajith 3-51 Serong 3-75)
Dand 0-25 v King Haw 290 (Diggle 155 Kramersh 40 P Sweeney 4-87 Opanayaka 4-98)
Green Kang 210 (Grixti 82 Sandy 31 Moazzem 3-28) v Foots 0-22
Ncte 184 (Starkins 67no Stafford 4-43) v Melb Uni 2-43
Fitz Donc 332 (Smith 96 Stephens 74 Motschall 61 Reid 32 Rayner 3-77) v St Kilda
Frank Pen v Geel 2-134 (Riding 73no Collins 31)
Monash Tigers 8-279 v Ess
Melb 148 (Cesarios 61 Ludik 30 Asghar 5-60) v Prah 0-23
Carl 186 (Poppa 72no Bienvenu 34 Vanderslik 4-45 Jamieson 3-35) v Camb Magpies 0-32
Ring 276 (Wynne 76 Walker 68 Ludgater 37 Jones 5-78) v Casey-SM 0-5
King Haw v Dand (to play Sun)
Foot v Green Kang 225 (Shikrani 86 O'Shea 39 Liyanage 32 Jackson 4-33)
Melb Uni 0-14 v Ncte 205
St Kilda 8-232 (Colyer 92 Stoupas 55 Sheridan 3-40) v Fitz Donc
Geel 0-163 (Drenovac 86no Hill 57no) def Frank Pen 110 (Bailey 4-25)
Prah v Melb 9(cc)-271 (Giese 46 Leadbeater 45 Tucker 37 Khedkar 3-42)
Camb Magpies v Carl (nsa)
Casey-SM 6-261 (D Gamage 68 White 61no Puri 59 Barr 4-39) v Ringwood
Dand 1-47 (Mackenzie 34) v King Haw 160 (Mannarsamy 52no Miller 4-42)
Green Kang 9-273 (J Carton 100 C Winchester 43 Singh 3-42) v Foots
Ncte 5-167 (Valentine 55no Taylor 47 Brennan 41) v Melb Uni 62 (Conlin 5-0 Marshall 3-3)
Ess v Monash Tigers (to play Sun)
Last updated: Saturday March 2, 2019 9:03PM
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