Premier Cricket Preview - Round 8 (Men's) + Women's Update
Date of Event Victorian Premier Cricket: Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:00AM
Plenty Valley stalwart Meagan Ciavarella is one of two further inductees to the CV 200 Club after further information has come to light recently.

Last weekend’s play in Premier Cricket saw the sun out shining and several quality performances across the board.


Highlights from the weekend included:

  • Prahran claimed 1st Innings points over the Camberwell Magpies after batting on to 277 with Lachlan Bangs (72) leading the True Blues, while Thomas Russ (63* 2nd innings + 3/83) was the Pies best;
  • Carlton secured a last-gasp 1st Innings win over Dandenong with the runs coming in the last wicket partnership, with James Nanopoulos (3/31) and Suraj Randiv (3/40) trying hard for the hosts, while Evan Gulbis (38) led the Blues’ charge;
  • Northcote provided one of the upsets of the round with a 6-wicket win against Footscray, with Elliot Brandon Jones (127), Josh Sundberg (63) and Matt Short (60*) guiding the Dragons to the vital points;
  • Essendon were stiff to miss out on full points, finishing 8/323 chasing 328 with a 6 required off the last ball to win against Frankston Peninsula. Jamin Barron-Toop (5/47) was the Heat’s best, while the Bombers were led by Jack Davies (60), Connor Rutland (55) and Isaac Willett (50);
  • Fitzroy Doncaster gained revenge for their Preliminary Final loss last season with a big win over Geelong, with Jack Rudd (134*) and Glenn Maxwell (2/42) starring for the Lions, while Hayden Butterworth (40*) was the Cats’ best with the bat on Day Two;
  • Melbourne University defeated Kingston Hawthorn by 8 wickets with skipper Fergus McKenna (164*) and Harrison Emms (65) putting on 198 for the opening wicket, while Jack Fowler (2/103) was the only Hawk to make inroads into the Uni line-up;
  • The Greenvale Kangaroos provided the other upset of the round, with a hard fought 2-wicket win over Ringwood thanks to the efforts of their coach Kaushal Silva (128*) against the Rams’ attack led by Matt Fotia (3/46) and David King (2/32);
  • Melbourne achieved 1st Innings points over the Monash Tigers but were stiff to miss the Outright with the Tigers 8/159 2nd time around after being bowled out for just 51. Fergus O’Neill (6/25 including Hat Trick + 2/24) and Chris Tremain (2/10 & 2/24) the standouts; and
  • St Kilda chased the overnight target of 330 set by Casey-South Melbourne with Damon Egan (137*), Nic Maddinson (58) and Marcus Harris (52) starring against Swans debutant Jordan Hammond (2/62) and Nathan Lambden (2/65).


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.  

  • Carlton-Brunswick defeated Dandenong by 6 wickets with Stephanie Hutchins (3/17) leading the Strikers attack, with the Panthers’ best player being Alanah Mison (2/19);
  • Prahran defeated Box Hill by 26 runs after Erica Kershaw (68) and Jaide Anthony (32* & 2/30) starred for the True Blues, while Rebecca Carter (54 & 1/39), Zoe Griffiths (22 & 2/25) and Steph Butler (2/27) the best for the Mustangs;
  • Melbourne defeated Ringwood by 4 wickets with Amy Vine (55), Teagan Parker (30) and Olivia Downes (3/21) countering the efforts of Rams’ skipper Bhavisha Devchand (89, 2/18 & 2 catches); and
  • EMP defeated Plenty Valley by 5 wickets with Briana Binch (4/23), Jane Neil (3/22) and Chloe Rafferty (36 & 3/36) leading the Bombers, while Rhiann O’Donnell (32) and Grace Jones (3/21) were the best for the Bats.


On Wednesday Night, the final game (Round 14) of the T20 competition was played with the results going as follows.

  • Melbourne defeated Prahran by 7 wickets with 17 balls to spare with Elly Donald (37 & 2/25), Teagan Parker (37*), Anna O’Donnell (2/15) and Jess Couser (2/21) starring for the Dees, while the True Blues were best led by Sterre Kalis (25) and Rhys McKenna (2/18);
  • Ringwood defeated Plenty Valley by 3 wickets on the last ball with Una Raymond-Hoey (47*) the Rams’ hero, while the Bats were best led by Meagan Ciavarella (35), Sophie Day (25), Beth Harvey (2/17) and Grace Jones (2/29);
  • Box Hill defeated Dandenong by 17 runs to secure 4th position ahead of Ringwood. The Mustangs were best led by Zoe Griffiths (46 & 4/23) and Rebecca Carter 44), while the Panthers were best served by Jess Matin (50); and
  • Essendon Maribyrnong Park defeated Carlton-Brunswick by 73 runs, with Alyssa Humphries (70*), Makinley Blows (57 & 2/11) and Chloe Rafferty (2/21) the Bombers’ best. For the Strikers, Amy Jennings (19) and Adelaide Campion (17*) tried hard.


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:

  • 1st XI:
    • Essendon Maribyrnong Park vs Box Hill at Aberfeldie Park West
    • Melbourne vs Prahran at the Albert Ground
  • 2nd XI:
    • Box Hill vs Prahran at Box Hill City Oval
    • Essendon Maribyrnong Park vs Melbourne – VENUE TO BE CONFIRMED




Congratulations go to the following members within Premier Cricket:

  • Eamonn Vines (Geelong) will play his 100th Premier 1st XI match this round when the Cats take on Northcote at home. Since debuting in the 2013/14 season, Vines has made 4,361 runs (with 12 centuries and a high of 141) and taken 54 catches.
  • Jackson Freeman (Ringwood) will play his 100th Premier 1st XI match this round when the Rams take on Carlton at home. Since debuting in the 2013/14 season, Freeman has made 1,461 runs (with a high of 87) and taken 49 wickets (Best of 4/20) and 29 catches.
  • Peter Cassidy (Dandenong) will play his 50th Premier 1st XI match this round when the Panthers take on Kingston Hawthorn at home. Since debuting in the 2015/16 season, Cassidy has made 304 runs (with a high of 58) and taken 77 wickets (Best of 6/30) and 8 catches.


The following Milestones were achieved last weekend during play:

  • Brett Forsyth (Dandenong) passed 7,500 1st XI runs during his 2nd innings knock of 34 against Carlton.
  • Briana Binch (Essendon Maribyrnong Park) took her 200th Premier 1st XI wicket (on available records) when she dismissed Plenty Valley’s Jane Riley in Sunday’s match.


The following milestone was achieved Wednesday Night during play:

  • Emma Inglis (Prahran) passed 6,500 1st XI runs during her knock of 23 against Melbourne.

The following milestones have come to the attention of the PCMT:

  • Melbourne University Scorer Nik Sakellaropoulos has recently scored his 300th match of Premier Cricket in recent times. Nik’s breakdown of matches is as follows: 152 x 1st XI, 130 x 2nd XI, 9 x 3rd XI & 9 x 4th XI. Congratulations Nick on achieving this milestone.
  • After a review of further available information related to Plenty Valley CC and its’ predecessor name Bundoora Old Paradians, the PCMT has identified two players that have recently qualified for the CV 200 Club. These players that have qualified are Meagan Ciavarella (Plenty Valley) and current Melbourne player (and former Plenty Valley/Bundoora Old Paradians) player Amy Vine.
    • On available information, Ciavarella is currently credited with 208 1st XI matches (missing information for the 2004/05 and 2005/06 seasons), 2,046 runs (with a high of 66) and taken 143 wickets (best of 5/16) and 51 catches.
    • On available information, Vine is currently credited with 203 1st XI matches (plus 3 matches for Victoria), scoring 4,186 runs (with 3 centuries and a high of 117) and taken 99 wickets (best of 4/27) and 45 catches.





Umpires V Calabro & B Davies



Umpires G Bawa & M van Eck


GEELONG V NORTHCOTE at Geelong Cricket Ground

Umpires M Malmberg & L McKay



Umpires G Azzopardi & C Grant



Umpires J Leonard-Scott & S Pitts



Umpires B Sheahan & R Turner


RINGWOOD V CARLTON at Russell Lucas Oval

Umpires D Ireland & L Edwards



Umpires T Wendelken & S Olufson



Umpires R Hubbard & C James

Last updated: Friday November 29, 2019 9:35AM
Author: Will Rice