Premier Cricket Preview - Round 7 (Men's) + Round 2 One Day (Women's)
Date of Event Victorian Premier Cricket: Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:51AM
Former Monash Tigers batsman (now Footscray batsman) Dan Sartori this round notches up his 200th Premier 1st XI game and will join the CV 200 Club.

Last weekend’s play in Premier Cricket saw the weather from earlier in the week have a say in the condition of the grounds, with the Men’s 1st & 2nd XIs revert to a One Day game on the Sunday and the lower XIs abandoned.


Highlights from the weekend included:

  • Melbourne obtained the bonus point with a 10-wicket win over Kingston Hawthorn, with an all-round team effort obtaining the points for the Demons;
  • Geelong chased Melbourne University’s target of 229 for the loss of 4 wickets with Thomas Jackson (113) and Brody Couch (5/30) starring for the younger Cats;
  • Carlton chased Frankston Peninsula’s target of 219 for the loss of 5 wickets with Evan Gulbis (5/16), Donovan Pell (70*) and Nicholas Ross (65*) the best for the Blues;
  • Casey-South Melbourne chased Fitzroy Doncaster’s target of 221 with English skipper Luke Wells (115*) and Nathan Freitag (70) the Swans’ stars;
  • Essendon defeated Dandenong by 8 wickets with skipper Michael Hill (74*) and Connor Rutland (58*) countering Ed Newman’s 72, while debutant Cameron McClure’s 4/52 was on fire;
  • Footscray overcame the Camberwell Magpies by 56 runs with Travis Dean (101), Daniel Sartori (58) and Jordan Buckingham (3/31) overcoming Andrew Fekete (4/47) with the ball;
  • Ringwood accounted for the Monash Tigers by 7 wickets with Tom Rogers (69) and David King (3/18) leading the way for the Rams;
  • St Kilda defeated Prahran by 3 wickets with an all-round effort by Todd Murphy (25* & 3/15) and Will Lovell (4/23) leading the way for the Saints; and
  • The Greenvale Kangaroos won the closest game of the day to break their drought with a 4-run win over Northcote with Zaheer Hussain (61 & 2/34), Connor Hayes (55*) and Kaushal Silva (50) overcoming Mark Phelan’s start for the Dragons (69).


This weekend sees all grades reverting back to the traditional whites and red ball and with the forecast looking clearer than previous weekends some good cricket should be on the cards.


The Camberwell Magpies (15th) host Prahran (4th) at the Camberwell Sports Ground. Both sides will be keen to rebound after losing their matches last weekend and another loss to the Magpies may put a nail in the coffin to any chance of Finals. The True Blues have been one of the most improved sides this season and will be keen to keep their position in the Top 4, with James Billington, Matt Wilcox, Andrew Perrin and Sam Grimwade all leading the way, while the Magpies need to find more support with the ball and more runs to support Isaac Conway and Oliver Gunning.  On current form, Prahran will start favourites.


Geelong (9th) host Fitzroy Doncaster (11th) at the Geelong Cricket Ground. This match will be one to watch, as there has been some noticeable changes to both sides since their last encounter in last season’s Preliminary Final. The Cats’ notched up a win on the road against Uni, while the Lions were tamed by the Swans and will be keen to close the gap between them and the Top 8. The deciding factor in this battle on paper will be between the bowling attacks, with the side to extract the most out of the Geelong wicket to win the match. The Cats to start favourites on home ground advantage.


Footscray (7th) host Northcote (12th) at Mervyn G Hughes Oval. The Dogs returned to the winners list with a victory over the Camberwell Magpies, while the Dragons have been licking their wounds after falling short against the Greenvale Kangaroos. The Dogs are starting to hit their stride in the early rounds and will be keen to notch another win on the board, with Matthew Underwood, Dean Russ and Travis Dean all with some early season form with the bat. The Dragons will need to find support for Mark Phelan and Josh Sundberg with the willow and will need to find a few more wickets out of the bowlers if they are to take the points. Footscray with the advantage.  


The Greenvale Kangaroos (17th) host Ringwood (8th) at Greenvale Reserve #1. The Kangaroos are finally on the board after a 4-run win over Northcote, while the Rams defeated the Monash Tigers. The Roos are slowly strengthening with the bat with Kaushal Silva and Michael Stretton finding some form but will need to find a lot of inner strength against Ringwood’s batting card, led by David King, Tom Rogers and Jackson Freeman. The Rams’ attack will also find this a good opportunity to see where they are at against a test-level batsman. On paper, the Rams to start favourites but the result might be closer with the Rams missing Ian Holland (USA) and Tom Stray (injured).


Kingston Hawthorn (16th) host Melbourne University (6th) at Walter Galt Reserve. The Hawks were comfortably accounted for by Melbourne, while Uni will be looking to rebound after losing to Geelong. The Hawks have had the season where for every step forward on field, there is two steps back and this game will be a good one to see where they sit. For Uni, they will look to capitalize on their team and will push hard to obtain maximum points with Alex Gregory, Andrej Yaksender and Steven Reid all in form. Current form suggests Uni in with a chance for an outright.


The Monash Tigers (18th) host Melbourne (2nd) at Central Reserve North. The Tigers lost to Ringwood last week but will find extra pressure in this game with the Demons having blanketed Kingston Hawthorn. The Tigers are likely to be missing Jake Fraser-McGurk for the first week at minimum after being selected for Victoria and this will be felt by their batting card, with the Demons’ attack keen to capitalize. The Demons’ batsmen will be keen to have some time in the middle also and will see how the game goes as to the likelihood of the maximum points being on offer, but the Tigers attack has been solid this season. Melbourne to start favourites, with a chance of an outright possible.


Dandenong (14th) host Carlton (3rd) at Shepley Oval. The Panthers will be looking to rebound after losing to Essendon but will take on their arch-rivals of recent seasons who defeated Frankston Peninsula last week. The Panthers have one advantage with the Blues having lost leading wicket taker Cam Stevenson for a match or two (USA) but will still have to negate Evan Gulbis, Xavier Crone and Thomas Smyth, while their bowlers might be in with a chance as only Brayden Stepien has passed 160 runs this season for the Blues and James Nanopoulos is in some form. I expect this match to be a lot closer than expected, with the Blues just to start favourites on the road.


St Kilda (5th) host Casey-South Melbourne (10th) at the CitiPower Centre. Both sides are coming off wins last week and will be keen to keep recent form going, with the Saints to play again at the CitiPower Centre. The Saints have been in good form with their young attack finding some good bowling form, while the batsmen will be keen to capitalize on starts and make some big scores against the Swans’ attack. The Swans will be happy with the century made by Luke Wells last weekend and will be keen for their batsmen to dig in and get a big score to put pressure on the Saints. On paper, this one could be closer than expected, with the Saints to have a slight advantage at home.


Finally, Frankston Peninsula (13th) host Essendon (1st) at AH Butler Oval. The Heat were competitive against Carlton before losing by 5 wickets, while the Bombers accounted for Dandenong by 8 wickets. The Heat have been showing some decent scores on the board, but are again finding issues with getting sides out with their bowling attack struggling for penetration, while the Bombers are again in some form with Michael Hill, Liam Bowe and Matt Doric leading the younger brigade coming through the ranks. On paper, the Bombers will start as favourites on the road as I struggle to see the Heat bowlers getting enough wickets.    



The Women’s 1st XI competition last weekend saw play get on at three venues, with play called off at Righetti Oval ending a sorry weekend of washouts for Prahran and Plenty Valley (as their T20 scheduled for Friday Night was also abandoned due to a wet wicket table at Toorak Park).  

  • EMP defeated Melbourne by 8 wickets with Makinley Blows (48), Briana Binch (2/6), Mikayla Haddow (2/15) and Chloe Rafferty (2/26) countering Steph Townsend’s knock of 43 for the Dees;
  • Ringwood knocked off Dandenong by 14 runs with Olivia Henry (51 & 2/20) and Bhavisha Devchand (3/14) starring for the Rams, while Nicole Taylor (3/12) was the Panthers best; and
  • Box Hill accounted for Carlton-Brunswick by 10 wickets with Zoe Griffiths (6/13), Danielle Montague (2/6) and Anna Lanning (35*) starring for the Mustangs.


On Wednesday Night, Round 12 of the T20 competition was played with a number of the Melbourne Renegades WBBL players available for those sides.

  • Melbourne defeated Prahran at the Albert Ground by 6 wickets with an all-round team effort, despite the efforts of Prahran skipper Emma Inglis (69);
  • Ringwood defeated Plenty Valley on Duckworth-Lewis at Russell Lucas Oval with Bhavisha Devchand (35* + 1/19) countering the knocks of Jasmine Nevins (41) and Meagan Ciavarella (30);
  • Box Hill defeated Dandenong on Duckworth Lewis at Box Hill City Oval with the English duo Stephanie Butler (4/20) and Tammy Beaumont (43*) starring; and
  • Essendon Maribyrnong Park defeated Carlton-Brunswick at Aberfeldie Park with the Bombers led by Makinley Blows (34*) and Molly Strano (3/16).  


This weekend sees Round 2 of the One Day matches, with all teams again looking forward to testing their skills over the longer format of the season.


On Saturday, Essendon Maribyrnong Park (1st) host Ringwood (3rd) at Aberfeldie Park. The Bombers comfortably accounted for Melbourne last weekend while the Rams upset Dandenong by defending a moderate score. The Bombers on paper have the more experienced side with the likes of Nat Schilov and Briana Binch in the ranks, while the Rams have ex-WA representative Bhavisha Devchand leading an up-and-coming side. On season form so far, I would think the Bombers will start as favourites with experience coming to the fore in tight situations.


On Sunday, Carlton-Brunswick (7th) take on Prahran (Equal 4th) at Princes Park #1. Carlton-Brunswick were simply outclassed by Box Hill while Prahran have only played one game in the last couple of weeks after recent wash-outs in the T20s and One Dayer last weekend. The Strikers will be looking to get some confidence after a couple of rough weeks on-field but may find the task challenging with the True Blues fielding internationals Gabby Lewis, Robine Rijke and Sterre Kalis in their line-up. With the expected line-ups, Prahran will start as favourites in this one.


Melbourne (8th) host Dandenong (6th) on Sunday at the Albert Ground. The Demons were swarmed and outclassed by the Bombers last week, while the Panthers will be looking to rebound after dropping a game to Ringwood that they expected to win. Both sides have a number of experienced members and will be keen to keep the other at bay. I expect the battle that will decide the match result will be with the batting line-ups and how they go against the respective bowling attacks. On paper, I feel that Melbourne will start favourites in this aspect and for the match.


Finally, Plenty Valley (Equal 4th) host Box Hill (2nd) at AK Line Reserve. The Bats will be keen to get on and play after wash-outs against Prahran last week in the T20 and One Day game, while Box Hill easily accounted for Carlton-Brunswick. The Bats will be keen to notch another win on the board and get their season restarted but will find this a tough proposition against the Mustangs, who have seen Anna Lanning and Zoe Griffiths in strong form so far this season. For the Bats to win they need their batting card to fire and against the Mustangs I am struggling to see this happening. Mustangs favourites to win.



Congratulations go to the following members within Premier Cricket:

  • Daniel Sartori (Footscray) this round joins the CV 200 Club. Sartori debuted with Richmond (now Monash Tigers) in the 2006/07 season and played 193 1st XI matches for the yellow and black before a move prior to the start of this season to Footscray. Since his debut, Sartori has scored 5,170 runs (with 5 centuries and a high of 124) and 108 catches.
  • Isaac Conway (Camberwell Magpies) notches up his 50th Premier 1st XI match this round when the Magpies take on Prahran. Conway debuted for Essendon in the 2015/16 season and played 43 matches for the Bombers before the move to the Magpies for this season. Conway has made 723 runs in this time (top score of 81 coming up this season in Round 3) and taken 79 catches and 8 stumpings.
  • Teammates Damon Egan and Shea Gribben (St Kilda) also notch up their 50th Premier 1st XI matches when the Saints host Casey-South Melbourne. Egan debuted in 2016/17 and has made 1,104 runs in that time (with 2 centuries and a top of 115) and taken 5 wickets and 12 catches. Gribben debuted for the Saints in the 2012/13 season and has made 155 runs (top of 29*), taken 73 wickets (best of 5/40) and 10 catches.
  • Zoe Griffiths (Box Hill) will notch up her 100th Premier 1st XI match on Sunday when Box Hill take on Plenty Valley. Griffiths last weekend also took her 50th Premier 1st XI wicket during her spell of 6/13 when she dismissed Carlton-Brunswick’s Chloe McKenzie.
  • Sophie Day (Plenty Valley) will notch up her 50th Premier 1st XI match on Sunday in the One Day game against Box Hill (after both games last weekend were washed out). At time of writing, Day (who debuted in 2016/17) has made 613 runs (top of 47) and taken 27 wickets (best of 3/16) and 6 catches.
  • Jess Matin (Dandenong) notched up her 50th Premier 1st XI match in Wednesday Night’s T20 against Box Hill. Matin debuted in the 2016/17 season and at time of writing has made 495 runs (high score of 53) and taken 22 wickets (best of 4/21) and 9 catches.
  • Umpire Brad Davies will officiate his 250th Premier match when he stands in the Men’s Premier 1st XI match between St Kilda and Casey-South Melbourne at the CitiPower Centre.


The following Milestones were achieved last Sunday during play:

  • Dylan Kight (Footscray) passed 4,500 1st XI runs during his knock of 10 against the Camberwell Magpies.
  • Travis Dean (Footscray) passed 4,000 1st XI runs during his knock of 101 against the Camberwell Magpies.
  • Donovan Pell (Carlton) passed 2,000 1st XI runs during his knock of 70* against Frankston Peninsula.
  • Thomas Rogers (Ringwood) passed 1,500 1st XI runs during his knock of 69 against the Monash Tigers.
  • Luke Wells (Casey-South Melbourne) passed 1,000 1st XI runs during his knock of 115* against Fitzroy Doncaster.
  • James Nanopoulos (Dandenong) took his 300th 1st XI wicket when he dismissed Essendon’s James Seymour.
  • Elly Donald (Melbourne) took her 50th Premier 1st XI wicket when she dismissed Prahran’s Jess Duffin in Wednesday Night’s T20.
  • Anna O’Donnell (Melbourne) took her 50th Premier 1st XI catch when she caught Prahran’s Erica Kershaw off Courtney Webb in Wednesday Night’s T20.



ROUND 7 – SATURDAY 16 & SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER (11:00am Start)

CAMBERWELL MAGPIES V PRAHRAN at Camberwell Sports Ground

Umpires V Calabro & D Ireland



Umpires R Hubbard & C James



Umpires G Bawa & R Birch



Umpires M Robertson & B Sheahan



Umpires T Wendelken & M Muthugounder


MONASH TIGERS V MELBOURNE at Central Reserve North

Umpires S Pitts & L McKay



Umpires M van Eck & L Uthenwoldt



Umpires B Davies & M Malmberg



Umpires L Edwards & M Nolan






Umpires J Leonard-Scott & L McCabe



ROUND 2 ONE DAY – SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER (11:00am Start)


Umpires C Grant & D Brigham



Umpires A Hind & M Muthugounder



Umpires G Azzopardi & B Sheahan

Last updated: Friday November 15, 2019 9:03AM
Author: Will Rice