Premier Cricket Preview - 12 February 2021
Date of Event Victorian Premier Cricket: Fri Feb 12, 2021 9:40AM
Umpire Dan Bomford this week will umpire his 650th Premier Match.

Round 10 of the Men’s Premier Cricket competition saw the weather again play around with a handful of games across the competition but only reducing the number of overs available at certain venues. Most games were able to play unimpacted and some interesting results were the order of the day’s activities.


Standout performers with the bat last weekend included Carlton duo Nick Ross (130*) and Thomas Smyth (94) in the Blues’ win against the Camberwell Magpies, Dandenong’s Ed Newman (120* vs Melbourne University) broke through for his maiden 1st XI century, as did the Greenvale Kangaroos’ Joshua Trembearth (108 vs Frankston Peninsula). Essendon’s James Seymour (83 vs Fitzroy Doncaster) batted well, as did Geelong skipper Eamonn Vines (90 vs Melbourne) and Prahran’s Damon Egan (96* vs Kingston Hawthorn), while there was another 13 half-centuries across the day’s play.


With the ball, the pick of the bowlers was Essendon’s ‘wizard’, Liam Bowe (5/27 vs Fitzroy Doncaster). Other bowlers to bowl well on the day included Geelong’s Brody Couch (4/47) and Melbourne’s Kyle Williamson (4/34) in the Cats vs Demons game, Prahran’s Nick Boland (4/20 vs Kingston Hawthorn) and Northcote’s Michael Topp (4/30 vs Footscray). Another 11 bowlers across the grade finished the day with a bag of 3 wickets to their names. 


With the weeks quickly drawing towards the ‘pressure cooker’ end of the season, the gaps between sides are slowly starting to open-up and opportunities to move places are still around for those that can access them. The key gap for sides outside the Top 8 to focus on first is to reduce the current 6 points difference between positions 8 and 9 on the ladder.


This weekend’s fixtured matches for Round 11 are as follows:


Carlton (1st) host Frankston Peninsula (18th) at Princes Park #1. The Blues have been one of the best sides all year and will be keen to not take their foot off the pedals anytime soon after their recent ‘slip-up’ against Northcote. The Heat will be looking to use their experience from their upset win against Melbourne after Christmas to try and get a similar result, but on current form the Blues appear far too strong on paper and should come away with the points.


Dandenong (4th) host Prahran (6th) at Shepley Oval. The Panthers have won their last 4 games, while the True Blues have won 3 of their last 4 so this should make for an entertaining match-up. The hosts were without James Nanopoulos last weekend but were able to cover his absence nicely, while the True Blues will be keen to keep the pressure on the sides placed above them. On paper, the Panthers will go in with the home ground advantage but this game could easily go either way.


Fitzroy Doncaster (7th) host Melbourne (3rd) at Schramms Reserve #1. The Lions will be keen to rebound with a win after Essendon broke their 6-game winning streak last week, while the Demons have won their last 3 games and appear to have their mojo back from the early rounds. Both sides have played some good cricket and this will be another game to keep your eyes on the score, but the gut feel suggests the Demons may be too strong with their line-up for the Lions in this one.


Geelong (8th) host the Camberwell Magpies (16th) at Geelong Cricket Ground. The Cats took it up to Melbourne last week but fell short, while the Magpies had Carlton in early trouble with the bat but could not break that crucial 4th wicket stand early enough proving the difference in that game. The Cats are still leading the ‘Runs For’ column on the ladder this season and will need to bowl well if they want to keep those outside the Top 8 at bay. The Cats at home in this one for the win.


Kingston Hawthorn (17th) host Ringwood (9th) at Walter Galt Reserve. The Hawks have lost their last four games but have been competitive at times, while the Rams won last week after their two previous games were abandoned due to weather. This game has the potential of going either way with the result if both teams come out and play their absolute best cricket, but on the strength of the two line-ups on paper I would have to say the Rams would go in with the advantage here.


The Greenvale Kangaroos (15th) host Casey-South Melbourne (13th) at Greenvale Reserve #1. The Kangaroos have won 2 of their last 4 games, while the Swans have only won 1 of their last 5 games. Both sides will be keen to secure more points and work on finishing their season on a positive note. The big battle will be how the Kangaroos’ bowling attack goes against the Swans batting line-up. On paper, the Swans may just have the advantage for this one despite being on the road.


Northcote (2nd) host neighbours Melbourne University (11th) at Bill Lawry Oval. The Dragons are now the ‘in-form’ team of the competition, winning their last 6 games and 8 of their last 9 games, while Uni has not seen a win since Round 6, with their abandoned Round 9 game their only recent points. On current form, I would have to say the Dragons have the advantage, but I wouldn’t put it past Uni to find something out of the playing group to keep their chances of playing Finals alive.


Richmond (14th) host Footscray (12th) at Central Reserve North. The Tigers have lost their last 5 games, while the Dogs have had a tough time of late as well, with a win over Kingston Hawthorn being their only points secured in the same timeframe. On paper, the Dogs appear to have the stronger batting card but the Tigers could give them some challenges with the ball and may make life difficult. On current form, I would say the Dogs just but expect this to be a close call.


Finally, St Kilda (5th) host Essendon (10th) at the CitiPower Centre.  Over the last 5 rounds the Saints have won just two games, while the Bombers have been marginally better with 3 wins in the same time. The Saints will be keen to win on their home patch to keep pressure on the Top 4, while the Bombers need to win to keep pressure on the bottom end of the Top 8. With both sides needing the win, this game has the potential to go either way on the day but the Saints at home just for now.



In Women’s Premier Cricket, Round 11 has arrived. With just 4 rounds left in the Home and Away season, we are left with 5 sides fighting for the top 4 positions after bottom-placed Prahran ended Plenty Valley’s chances last weekend. Melbourne hold a two-game, 12-point lead over Dandenong at the top of the table, effectively having the Minor Premiership wrapped up at this point.


Standout performances with the bat last weekend were led by Ringwood skipper Bhavi Devchand (85 vs Melbourne), EMP’s Elyse Villani (72* vs Dandenong) and Prahran skipper Annabel Sutherland (63* vs Plenty Valley), while another four half-centuries were scored across the grade. With the ball, the leader of the pack this week was Prahran’s Jaide Anthony (3/9 vs Plenty Valley). Other bowlers to take 3-fors included EMP’s Georgia Wareham (3/21) and Briana Binch (3/29) in their win against Dandenong, Melbourne’s Rhiann O’Donnell (3/33 & 55 vs Ringwood) and Plenty Valley’s Jasmine Nevins (3/13 vs Prahran).


With the WNCL game played on Wednesday and another today (Friday), this week may yet see some sides impacted with key player unavailability for the first time since the start of the season when the WBBL was being held in Sydney.


On Saturday, Essendon Maribyrnong Park (3rd) take on Prahran (8th) at Aberfeldie Park. The Bombers have won their last three games in a row while the True Blues have won 2 of their last 3 and took it up to ladder leaders Melbourne in the other game. While the Bombers have been strong in recent weeks, this has been with all their big-names in the side and with uncertainty of several of these members taking the field this week this could give the True Blues a chance, but they are in a similar boat with skipper Annabel Sutherland away on rep duty. Current form suggests the Bombers at home to take the points with the experienced members available.


On Sunday, Melbourne (1st) host Carlton-Brunswick (7th) at the Albert Ground. The Demons have been the form side of the season and have played a strong brand of cricket to have a 12-point break over 2nd placed Dandenong. The Strikers can look at the season as another year of development as a unit but will be keen to see their side push sooner rather than later for a Finals appearance with their brigade of young stars getting another year of top-flight cricket under their belts. Based on the current form of the Demons’ side and the fact they are back on the Albert has to see them take the points and potentially secure that minor premiership with three rounds to be played.


Plenty Valley (6th) host Dandenong (2nd) at Yarrambat War Memorial Park. Any chance the Bats had of Finals slipped by last weekend against Prahran, despite the efforts of the returning Tayla Vlaeminck with the willow, while the Panthers had their tails clipped by EMP and will be looking to rebound strongly. The big question for this game will be if any of the Victorian representatives are granted permission to take the field on the weekend as both sides have players ‘on duty’ that could be key to how they perform on the day. This may impact the final result but on current form, Dandenong have to go in as favourites in this match.


Finally, Box Hill (4th) host Ringwood (5th) at Box Hill City Oval. This match is arguably the ‘match of the round’ as this game could potentially wrap up who could make the Top 4. While there is current a 6-point gap between the two sides, the Mustangs have won 4 of their last 5 while the Rams have only won 1 game in this time but have defeated EMP in this timeframe (but lost to Plenty Valley in a tight run chase). Based on current form, the Mustangs appear to be the team to go in with the advantage and it might be the end of the Rams’ Finals chances if they cannot defeat Box Hill here as they then take on EMP next week.




Congratulations go to the following members within Premier Cricket:

  • Umpire Dan Bomford (1st XI Cap #248) will umpire his 650th Premier match on Saturday when he stands in the Melbourne vs Fitzroy Doncaster Men’s 2nd XI match at the Albert Ground alongside long-time colleague Darrell Holt (currently at 695 Premier matches at time of writing). Dan joined the panel in the 1979/80 season and made his 1st XI debut the following year in the 1980/81 season. Dan has umpired 329 Men’s 1st XI, 259 Men’s 2nd XI, 3 Men’s 3rd XI, 41 Men’s 4th XI, 13 Women’s 1st XI and 4 Women’s 2nd XI matches at time of writing. Congratulations Dan on reaching this significant milestone.
  • Les Petsinis (Carlton - pictured on right) will play his 500th Premier match this weekend when the Blues take on Frankston Peninsula in the Men’s 3rd XI at Princes Park #2. Les has been a stalwart of the club at Princes Park for the last 30 years, playing across all XIs and captaining their lower XIs in more recent seasons. Les has played 66 1st XI games for the Blues between 1993/94 and 2010/11, scoring 1,097 runs @ 20.31 with 1 century and 1 half century, taking 14 wickets @ 29.07 (best of 2/25) and 39 catches. The only other player we believe is close to this magical mark across all XIs (and currently seeking clarification on numbers from his former clubs) is Brendan ‘Bushy’ McArdle. Congratulations Les on reaching this significant milestone.
  • Prahran scorer Karl Hieser will score his 500th Premier match this weekend for the True Blues.
  • Michael Hill (Essendon) will play his 200th Premier 1st XI match this weekend when the Bombers take on St Kilda at the CitiPower Centre. Michael made his Premier 1st XI debut with Melbourne in the 2005/06 season (where he would play 129 Premier 1st XI matches) before moving to Essendon ahead of the 2016/17 season, where he has notched another 70 Premier 1st XI matches at time of writing. Michael is currently a CV 200 Club Member as he qualified earlier due to playing 19 First Class, 25 List A and 2 T20 games for Victoria and 7 BBL games for the Melbourne Renegades. Michael has scored 6,495 runs in Premier 1st XI at an average of 39.85 with 10 centuries (highest of 156*) and 41 half centuries, taken 65 wickets @ 25.20 (best of 4/27) and 67 catches at the time of writing.
  • Thomas Russ (Camberwell Magpies) will play his 150th Premier 1st XI match this weekend when the Magpies take on Geelong at the Geelong Cricket Ground. Thomas is a one club player, debuting with the Magpies in the 2011/12 season. At the time of writing, Thomas has scored 3,602 runs @ 25.91 with 4 centuries (highest of 135) and 18 half centuries, taken 136 wickets @ 32.88 (best of 6/41 – his only 5-wicket haul) and taken 82 catches.
  • Michael Edwards (Northcote) will play his 50th Premier 1st XI match this weekend when the Dragons host neighbours Melbourne University at Bill Lawry Oval. Since his debut with the Dragons in the 2017/18 season, Michael has scored 122 runs @ 6.78 (high of 13*), taken 57 wickets @ 33.77 (best of 5/51 – his only 5-wicket haul) and taken 11 catches.
  • Jasmine Nevins (Plenty Valley) will play her 50th Premier 1st XI match this weekend when the Bats host Dandenong at Yarrambat War Memorial Park. Since her debut in the 2016/17 season, Jasmine has scored 697 runs @ 21.78 with 2 half-centuries (top of 59*) and taken 30 wickets @ 21.47 (best of 4/21) and 15 catches.
  • Nick Ross (Carlton) passed 4,500 Premier 1st XI runs during his innings of 130* against the Camberwell Magpies last weekend.
  • Chris Dew (Frankston Peninsula) passed 1,500 Premier 1st XI runs during his innings of 69 against the Greenvale Kangaroos last weekend.
  • Marcus Berryman (Richmond) passed 1,500 Premier 1st XI runs during his innings of 13 against Ringwood last weekend.
  • Rhiann O’Donnell (Melbourne) passed 1,500 Premier 1st XI runs during her innings of 55 against Ringwood last weekend.
  • Matt Wilson (Carlton) took his 50th Premier 1st XI wicket when he dismissed the Camberwell Magpies’ Adit Pawha LBW.
  • Sean McNicholl (Greenvale Kangaroos) took his 50th Premier 1st XI wicket when he dismissed Frankston Peninsula’s Chris Dew caught by Joshua Trembearth.
  • Jaide Anthony (Prahran) took her 50th Premier 1st XI wicket when she dismissed Plenty Valley’s Jane Riley caught by Merinda Hale.



ROUND 11 – SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY (11:00am Start)


Umpires R Birch & D Ireland


Umpires R Hubbard & S Olufson


Umpires J Leonard-Scott & M Malmberg


Umpires M Muthugounder & M Wood


Umpires D Brigham & T Wendelken


Umpires A Ali & A Medina


Umpires G Azzopardi & J Wyatt

RICHMOND V FOOTSCRAY at Central Reserve North

Umpires G Bawa & S Brne

ST KILDA V ESSENDON at CitiPower Centre

Umpires V Calabro & C Grant



ROUND 11 – SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY (11:00am Start)


Umpires B Sheahan & M van Eck


ROUND 10 – SUNDAY 14 FEBRUARY (11:00am Start)

BOX HILL V RINGWOOD at Box Hill City Oval

Umpires A Hind & M Nolan

PLENTY VALLEY V DANDENONG at Yarrambat War Memorial Park

Umpires A Medina & S Pitts


Umpires L McCabe & L McKay

Last updated: Friday February 12, 2021 9:52AM
Author: Will Rice