The start of play was delayed in both Semi Finals this morning when misty drizzle persisted through until late morning. Although the showers cleared away to a fine, sunny afternoon, an hour's play (16 overs net) was lost at both Camberwell and Essendon.
And remarkably both matches went along similar lines - the higher-ranked team won the toss and elected to insert the opposition, both batting teams finished with reasonable totals and will bat on in the morning. "Runs on the board" and "scoreboard pressure" will be the hope for the Lions and the Tigers. The Panthers and the Bombers will be backing themselves tomorrow to chase down a target or bat out time. Weather is the unknown, with the chance of a thunderstorm possible in the late afternoon/evening tomorrow.
Fitzroy Doncaster was 9/226 in a tight contest with Dandenong at Camberwell. James Nanopoulos (4/79) and spinner Akshat Buch (3/50) were the best of the Panthers' bowlers.
Monash Tigers reached 8/251 against Essendon at Windy Hill. Skipper Dan Sartori (55) and all-rounder Marcus Berryman (59*) continued their good form. Bombers' left-arm tweaker Liam Bowe (4/77) did best with the ball.
1sts Semi Finals
Dand v Fitz Donc 9-226 (Fletcher 36 Rudd 35 Vardi 34 Banthorpe 31 Nanopoulos 4-79 Buch 3-50)Ess v Mon Tigers 8-251 (Sartori 55 Taylor 33 Berryman 59no Bowe 4-77)
2nds Semi FinalsSt Kilda v Camb Mag 8-203 (Murphy 56 Bhargave 55 Mays 34 O'Brien 4-39)Melb Uni 154 (Van Der Merwe 49 Haseeb 34no Ahmed 6-34) v Ess 0-28
3rds Semi FinalsRing 192 (Ludgater 102 Moazzem 3-52) v Foot 1-21Melb Uni 286 (Young 97 Durrant 90 Horn 41 Gedge 7-52 Hancock 3-60) v Ncte
4ths Semi FinalsCarl v Mon Tigers 161 (Treloar 41 Arora 33 Edwards 4-24 Mills 4-51)Melb 159 (Leadbeater 36) v Ess