PREMIER CRICKET ROUND 15 PREVIEW
Round 14 saw a number of compelling results as we enter the final three rounds of the season before finals.
Standout batting performances included Ringwood’s Tom Rogers (129) and Josh Hartill (84), Camberwell Magpies’ Simon Hill (109*) who scored his 17th Premier 1st XI century and Prahran’s Jake Hancock (89*).
In the bowling, the standout performances were from Melbourne’s Jack Prestwidge with 4/18, Melbourne University’s Steven Reid with 4/31 and Camberwell Magpies’ Will Walker with 4/39.
This weekend’s fixtured matches for Round 15 are as follows:
Footscray (12th) host Camberwell Magpies (15th) at Mervyn G Hughes Oval – Footscray are coming off the back of two wins in a row as they look to continue to progress up the ladder. Their 8/188 was too much for bottom placed Frankston last Saturday and they’ll be hoping for a similar result as the higher placed team. Camberwell Magpies on the other hand, will be full of confidence themselves after chasing 202 last weekend against Kingston Hawthorn mostly thanks to Simon Hill’s 109* making his first score over 50 for the season.
Frankston Peninsula (18th) host Essendon (10th) at AH Butler Oval – After a good month, Essendon went down to Ringwood in what was a disappointing loss in their hopes of making the top 8. They still only sit six points outside but will be looking for an improved performance with the ball after conceding 286 runs. Meanwhile, Frankston will be looking to end the season on a high in the last few rounds. They came close to Footscray in their most recent clash but were again bowled out inside 45 overs.
Geelong (4th) host Prahran (3rd) at Geelong Cricket Ground – This looks to be a fantastic encounter as both sides look to try and cement themselves inside the top 4. A potential finals preview, Geelong will be hoping the home ground advantage plays into their hands as it did last weekend against Richmond when they were able to defend 151. Prahran are also in a good run of form after completing their 5th straight win last Saturday over Casey-South Melbourne. The 91-run partnership between Damon Egan (65) and Jake Hancock (89*) did the damage but they’ll be looking for more from the rest of the batsman against the Geelong bowlers this weekend.
Kingston Hawthorn (17th) host Fitzroy Doncaster (6th) at Walter Galt Reserve – A must win for Fitzroy Doncaster after dropping the points to top placed Carlton last game. Sitting in the middle of the top 8 logjam, The Lions will be hoping to create some space between themselves and the teams outside. Kingston Hawthorn performed decently taking their game against Camberwell Magpies to the last over before having their score of 202 passed.
Melbourne (2nd) hosts Melbourne University (9th) at Albert Ground – A tricky encounter for Melbourne as they made light work of Greenvale Kangaroos last weekend bowling them out for just 81 in their 10-wicket win. Their opponents in Melbourne University will see this as a game to steal as they try and get into the top 8. They played excellently against St Kilda with Liam Scammell scoring a two off the last ball to win the match and keep them in touch of the 8.
Greenvale Kangaroos (16th) hosts Northcote (8th) at Greenvale Reserve #1 – A disappointing result for Northcote last round as their score of 139 was chased down easily by Dandenong zero wickets down. At their current spot of 8th, this is a must win with seven sides within six points going into the last few weeks. Greenvale Kangaroos had a similar result against Melbourne where they also lost by 10 wickets as they were bowled out for just 81.
Richmond (13th) hosts St Kilda (7th) at Central Reserve North – After their devastating finish last weekend where the lost on the final ball, St Kilda will be looking to bounce back against Richmond who have a slim chance of making finals. With only two points between 5th and 8th on the ladder, St Kilda will be wanting some more breathing room with so little games left. After a couple wins in a row, Richmond went down to Geelong where they were bowled out in 43.2 overs.
Casey-South Melbourne (14th) hosts Ringwood (11th) at Casey Fields No.4 – With Ringwood still a chance for finals, they’ll be wanting to win this one against a Casey-South Melbourne side that has been struggling for a win the past few weeks. They were bowled out for 191 last weekend after being bowled out for 121 the week before so they’ll be looking for an improved performance with the bat as they search for their 5th win.
Dandenong (5th) hosts Carlton (1st) at Shepley Oval – An exciting encounter to round out the matches. Carlton will be keen to continue their batting performance after scoring 6/310 against Kingston Hawthorn. Their well-rounded attack will be tough for Dandenong who bounced back last game to get the bonus point against Northcote thanks to a 140-run opening partnership between Tom Donnell and Brett Forsyth. Before that they had lost two games in a row, so they’ll be looking for some consistency as they still try and lock in a finals berth.
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ROUND 13- SATURDAY 13 MARCH 2021 (11:00AM Start)
KINGSTON HAWTHORN V FITZROY DONCASTER at Walter Galt Reserve (Main Oval)
Umpires A Ali & T Medina
FRANKSTON PENINSULA V ESSENDON at AH Butler Oval
Umpires S Brne & W Downey
CASEY SOUTH-MELBOURNE V RINGWOOD at Casey Fields No. 4
Umpires A Hind & S Muthugounder
RICHMOND V ST KILDA at Central Reserve North
Umpires C Grant & B Sheahan
GEELONG V PRAHRAN at Geelong Cricket Ground
Umpires G Azzopardi & M van Eck
GREENVALE KANGAROOS V NORTHCOTE at Greenvale Reserve No. 1
Umpires M Malmberg & L McCabe
MELBOURNE V MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY at Albert Ground
Umpires R Hubbard S Pitts
FOOTSCRAY V CAMBERWELL MAGPIES at Mervyn G Hughes Oval
Umpires R Birch & J Leonard-Scott
DANDENONG V CARLTON at Shepley Oval
Umpires D Brigham & D Ireland