Last weekend’s play in Premier Cricket saw the sun out shining and several quality performances across the board.
Highlights from the weekend included:
This weekend sees another round of two-day matches commence, with several sides keen to secure wins to keep in touch with the top 8, while others will be keen to consolidate their current positions on the ladder, with all Top 8 sides playing against one another this round. Most sides will also be impacted to varying levels at team selection due to the National Under 19 Carnival commencing in Perth on Monday, with selected players unavailable for this round.
Essendon (3rd) take on Footscray (7th) at Windy Hill. The Bombers were unlucky to get so close to points on the road at Frankston while the Dogs were simply outplayed at home against Northcote and will be keen to get revenge. The Bombers batting has been led by Michael Hill and James Seymour, while the Dogs have been led by Matt Underwood, Travis Dean and Dean Russ. The battle with this match will be between the bowlers, with the Bombers’ attack led by Liam Bowe and Matt Doric against the Dogs’ attack led by Hamish Winter-Irving. On paper, I feel that the Bombers may just have the edge in this battle but will need to fire with the bat to make sure.
Fitzroy Doncaster (9th) take on Frankston Peninsula (13th) at Schramms Reserve #1. The Lions are coming into this match with confidence after victory on the road against Geelong while the Heat were lucky to hold on for a draw against Essendon. The Lions have been led well this season by Jack Rudd and Zac Elliott with the bat and the bowling by skipper Ejaaz Alavi and Nick Fletcher, while the Heat have been led by import Felix Organ, Ryan Hammel and Matt Gapes. This battle will be closer than expected, with the Lions to start as favourites at home due to the strength of their bowling attack at present.
Geelong (11th) take on Northcote (10th) at the Geelong Cricket Ground. The Cats were soundly defeated by Fitzroy Doncaster last round while the Dragons jumped up the ladder after a confidence-boosting win over current Top 8 occupants Footscray. The Cats have been led with the bat by Eamonn Vines, Tim Ludeman and Tom Jackson, while the Dragons have been led by Josh Sundberg, Mark Phelan and Elliot Brandon-Jones, while the leading wicket takers for the Cats are Brody Couch and Joel Blain, while the Dragons’ have been led by Joe Medew-Ewen and Sam Harbinson. On paper, this match will be one that could have a large say in who can make the Finals, with the Cats to just start favourites on home ground advantage.
Melbourne University (6th) take on St Kilda (5th) at the University Main Oval. Both sides took out successful run chases last week and will be keen to push into the Top 4. Uni has been led by Fergus McKenna, Andrej Yaksender and Alex Gregory with the bat, while the Saints have been led with the willow by Jonathan Merlo and Damon Egan. With the leather, Gregory and Steven Reid have led the Uni attack, while the Saints attack has been fronted by Will Lovell, Matt Hennig and Todd Murphy. On paper, this match has all the potential to go down to the wire, with a winner coming from the bowling attack. Gut feel says the Saints to continue their run.
Casey-South Melbourne (12th) take on the Camberwell Magpies (16th) at Casey Fields #4. The Swans were unlucky to not defend a target of 330 while the Magpies fought hard to avoid an outright against Prahran. The Swans have been led so far with the bat by Nathan Freitag, Luke Wells and Joel Mitchell, while the Magpies have been led by Isaac Conway and Oliver Gunning. With the ball, Andrew Fekete and Matt Whittaker have led the Magpies attack, while the Swans attack has been led by Josh Dowling and Nathan Lambden. On form, the Swans appear to have the stronger batting card and if they fire they will take the points. The Swans to start favourites.
Melbourne (1st) take on Prahran (4th) at the Albert Ground. The Demons took 1st Innings points against the Monash Tigers and were stiff to miss the Outright, while the True Blues took 1st Innings points against the Camberwell Magpies. With the ball, the Demons’ attack has been led by Fergus O’Neill and Jackson Koop, while the True Blues have been led by Andrew Perrin, Sam Grimwade and Matt Wilcox. With the bat, the Demons have been led by Blake Thomson and Matthew Brown, while the True Blues have been led by James Billington and Jake Hancock. Expect this to be one of the matches of the round, with my gut feel saying the True Blues to have a slight edge on current bowling form.
Ringwood (8th) take on Carlton (2nd) at Russell Lucas Oval. The Rams were upset by the Greenvale Kangaroos last round and will be keen to rebound, while the Blues just squeaked over the line with a last-gasp win over Dandenong. The Rams have been led with the bat by Thomas Rogers, David King and Jackson Freeman while the Blues have been led by Brayden Stepien and Nick Ross. With the ball, the Rams have been led by King and Matt Fotia, while the Blues have been led by Evan Gulbis and Cameron Stevenson (with the latter missing recent games on representative duty for the USA). On recent form, this is a danger game for the Blues and they will want to step up sharply with the bat, while the Rams can claim a major scalp and shape the Top 4. I feel the Rams can start favourites at home.
The Monash Tigers (18th) take on the Greenvale Kangaroos (14th) at Central Reserve North. The Tigers did well to avoid losing outright after being rolled for 51 against Melbourne, while the Roos went back-to-back wins with a 2-wicket win over Ringwood. The Tigers batting has been led by Marcus Berryman and Jackson Waters, while the Roos have been led with the bat by Kaushal Silva and Michael Stretton. With the bowling, the Tigers have been led by Berryman and Dominic Matarazzo, while the Roos have been led by Sean McNicholl. With the Under 19 National Carnival due to commence, the Tigers are on the back foot with players involved in the carnival and will find it hard in this match to secure points. Roos a chance to win 3 in a row.
Finally, Dandenong (15th) take on Kingston Hawthorn (17th) at Shepley Oval. The Panthers were thinking ‘what might have been’ if they had achieved that last wicket before Carlton passed their total, while the Hawks batted well but were outclassed by Melbourne University. The Panthers batting has been led by Brett Forsyth and Comrey Edgeworth, while the Hawks have been led by Ramneet Dhindsa and Shorye Chopra. With the ball, the Panthers have been led by James Nanopoulos, Jakeb Thomas and Suraj Randiv, while the Hawks have been led by Jack Fowler. On recent form, the Panthers will start as favourites based on the strength of their bowling attack.
The Women’s 1st XI competition last weekend saw all games take place, with the weekend providing some interesting performances.
On Wednesday Night, the final game (Round 14) of the T20 competition was played with the results going as follows.
This weekend sees the Women’s Competition have a weekend off with the WBBL Carnival Weekend in Melbourne and the opening round of the Youth Premier League being played on the Sunday.
The T20 Semi Finals will be played next Wednesday Night, with the games in each XI as follows:
Congratulations go to the following members within Premier Cricket:
The following Milestones were achieved last weekend during play:
The following milestone was achieved Wednesday Night during play:
The following milestones have come to the attention of the PCMT:
MEN’S PREMIER 1STS
ROUND 8 – SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER & SATURDAY 7 DECEMBER (11:00am Start)
ESSENDON V FOOTSCRAY at Windy Hill
Umpires V Calabro & B Davies
FITZROY DONCASTER V FRANKSTON PENINSULA at Schramms Reserve #1
Umpires G Bawa & M van Eck
GEELONG V NORTHCOTE at Geelong Cricket Ground
Umpires M Malmberg & L McKay
MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY V ST KILDA at University Main Oval
Umpires G Azzopardi & C Grant
CASEY-SOUTH MELBOURNE V CAMBERWELL MAGPIES at Casey Fields #4
Umpires J Leonard-Scott & S Pitts
MELBOURNE V PRAHRAN at Albert Ground
Umpires B Sheahan & R Turner
RINGWOOD V CARLTON at Russell Lucas Oval
Umpires D Ireland & L Edwards
MONASH TIGERS V GREENVALE KANGAROOS at Central Reserve North
Umpires T Wendelken & S Olufson
DANDENONG V KINGSTON HAWTHORN at Shepley Oval
Umpires R Hubbard & C James