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Round 15, Day 2 preview
Date of Event : Fri Mar 8, 2019 11:55AM
Rams' quick Michael Topp

The first week of Round 15 posed more questions than it answered, but we go into the final day of home and away play for 2018-19 with many permutations and possibilities. Then again, perhaps the eight will remain unchanged.

 

Eight of the nine matches will have a bearing on the make-up of the Final Eight.

 

Carlton v Camberwell Magpies – the Blues, fresh from their National Premier T20 triumph in Adelaide, will be defending 260. The Magpies are 0/15 in reply. Should Carlton succeed they will lock away top spot and put the Magpies in the hot seat to hang onto eighth spot. Should the Magpies chase down Carlton's target, they will be safely into the finals.

 

Ringwood v Casey-South Melbourne – the Rams must win to have a chance of playing finals, but the Swans fought hard last week and will resume on 9/287, the last wicket having already added a stubborn 65 unbroken. To add to the Rams’ complications, they will bat one short – Ian Holland has returned to the UK for Hampshire’s pre-season camp – after their gamble backfired last week. The Magpies will be hoping the Swans can pull off a win or even a draw.

 

Melbourne v Prahran at the Albert Ground – with both teams needing an outright for a chance at finals, the True Blues collapsed for 144. The Demons declared one run in front and Prahran resume tomorrow at 1/68 in their second innings.

 

Melbourne Uni (179) would have to pull off a Houdini-like recovery to topple Northcote (1/146). The Students were just two points out of the eight going into the last round, but this is likely where they will remain.

 

St Kilda (0/25) should secure their finals berth, chasing Fitzroy Doncaster’s 180 at Schramms Reserve and Essendon (384) should have enough runs on the board to account for Monash Tigers (0/10).

 

Dandenong (1/55) should have little trouble against Kingston Hawthorn (150).

 

Geelong (8/327d) should account for Frankston Peninsula (0/12) in the clash for the Merriman-Hooper Shield at the AH Butler Oval.
The other match has no bearing on the eight, but Footscray (362) should end their season on a positive note with a win over Greenvale Kangaroos.

Last updated: Friday March 8, 2019 12:32PM