Premier Cricket Preview - 26 February 2021
Date of Event Victorian Premier Cricket: Fri Feb 26, 2021 9:46AM
Umpires Dan Bomford (left) and Darrell Holt (right) will stand in their 650th and 700th Premier matches tomorrow in the Men's 2nd XI at Footscray.

Round 12 of Victorian Premier Cricket saw plenty of ‘movement at the stations’ with the ladder, with various ladder positions shifting because of last week’s action on-field.


The pick of the performers at the weekend were Fitzroy Doncaster’s Jack Rudd (116*) with the only century of the weekend (scored against Casey-South Melbourne) and Ringwood’s Ian Holland (5/43) had the best bowling figures with his haul taken against Carlton.


This weekend’s fixtured matches for Round 13 are as follows:


Prahran (5th) host the Greenvale Kangaroos (16th) at Toorak Park. The True Blues have been on the improve again this year and will be keen to keep the pressure on the Top 4 with this match. The Kangaroos have been in matches many times this season, but their inexperience as a unit has often led to patches of play that let the opposition take the match from them. On paper, this match should go the way of the hosts based on their recent form.


St Kilda (3rd) host Geelong (8th) at the CitiPower Centre. This match has the potential for one of the ‘games of the round’, with the Saints playing some strong cricket and the Cats brimming with confidence after defeating Dandenong last weekend. On paper, this game can go either way, with the Saints bowling attack up against the best batting line-up in the comp. I would say the home ground advantage works in the Saints favour for this one with Saint Max Stevenson making his debut.


Essendon (9th) host the Camberwell Magpies (15th) at Windy Hill. The Bombers kept their Finals chances alive with a win against Kingston Hawthorn, while the Magpies just fell short against Melbourne University. The Bombers have been a strong side this year but on occasion have paid for slow starts and they will not want to do that here, while the Magpies will be keen for an upset on Simon Hill’s 300th 1st XI match. On paper, I expect the Bombers to start as favourites here.


Melbourne University (10th) host Frankston Peninsula (18th) at the University Main Oval. Uni just fell over the line in their encounter last weekend against the Camberwell Magpies, while the Heat were outclassed by Prahran. If Uni want to keep alive any chance of playing Finals alive, they need to capitalize on these opportunities, but the Heat have shown they are capable of an upset earlier this season. On paper, Uni should come away with the win, but they need to be clinical in the process.


Carlton (1st) host Kingston Hawthorn (17th) at Princes Park #1. The top of the ladder Blues have been performing all year and will be keen to celebrate Thomas Smyth’s 200th 1st XI match with another clinical performance, while the Hawks will be looking to return to the ‘inner spirit’ that saw them upset St Kilda earlier this season and aim for a similar result here. On paper, the Blues appear to be the team to beat this season and should continue their dominant season here.


Dandenong (6th) host Fitzroy Doncaster (7th) at Shepley Oval. The Panthers will be keen to bounce back after a fruitless road trip to Geelong last week, while the Lions will be keen to add to their tally of 7 wins from their last 8 matches played. The key defining area in this game will be how the Lions’ batting card goes against the Panthers’ bowling attack, with Jack Rudd being the lynchpin of the Lions’ batting card at present. Form suggests the Lions to win but gut suggests the Panthers at home.


Melbourne (2nd) host Ringwood (11th) at the Albert Ground. The Demons moved back into 2nd position after a comfortable win over fellow contenders Northcote, while the Rams were competitive against ladder leaders Carlton. Whilst the Rams have plenty of experienced heads in the team, the biggest battle here will be containing the Demons’ batting card – if they can do this then they have a chance but recent form suggests the Demons at the Albert are tough to beat.


Casey-South Melbourne (14th) host Footscray (13th) at Casey Fields #4. The Swans were outplayed by Fitzroy Doncaster last week but have a prime opportunity to take the points against the Dogs who have also struggled in recent weeks, particularly with the ball. The Swans will be keen to win for Devin Pollock and Michael Wallace’s 100th 1st XI matches and need to fire with the ball to win this game, but I expect the experience at the Dogs to rise to the top and give them a morale boost.


Finally, Richmond (12th) host Northcote (4th) at Central Reserve North. The Tigers ended a 5-game losing streak with a win over the Greenvale Kangaroos and will be keen to produce an upset, while the Dragons will be breathing fire after losing to Melbourne. Whilst the ‘Tiger Cubs’ are growing with each match, the Dragons’ line-up has been quite strong this season, especially on the batting front and this might be the deciding factor. On current form, the Dragons should take the points.


In Women’s Premier Cricket, Round 13 has arrived. With now just 2 games left in the Home and Away season, the top 4 positions are effectively sewn-up after last week’s results. Ringwood can theoretically still make the Finals but must win both games by large results, achieve the bonus points in both games and rely on Box Hill losing both of their matches.


The pick of last week’s performances came from EMP’s Nat Schilov (100 vs Ringwood), breaking her long-standing century drought that stretched back to the 2008/09 season and with the ball, 4-wicket hauls were taken by Jasmine Nevins (Plenty Valley), Addy Campion (Carlton-Brunswick), Rhiann O’Donnell (Melbourne) and Zoe Griffiths (Box Hill).


This week’s matches are as follows:


Box Hill (4th) host Melbourne (1st) at Box Hill City Oval. The Mustangs won last week over Prahran and will be keen to make sure that they are playing Finals by consigning the top of the ladder Demons to another defeat and put extra pressure on that top spot on the ladder. The Demons on the other hand will be keen to rebound after losing a last-over thriller against Dandenong on the road. Both sides are strong with the ball, with the two attacks having taken the most wickets this season so far. The difference will be with the bat and on paper, the Demons should have enough strength in their batting to overcome the Mustangs’ attack on the day.


Plenty Valley (6th) host Essendon Maribyrnong Park (3rd) at Yarrambat War Memorial Park. The Bats returned to the winners’ circle last weekend in what has otherwise been a year of consolidation with their squad, while the Bombers played well to finish the stronger in their game against Ringwood. Both sides are more than capable of playing strong cricket on their day and whilst the Bats are out of contention, they can certainly still shape the final positions of the Top 4. Noting the current strengths of the clubs with the WNCL running, the favourites on paper will be the Bombers but they will need to continue to fire with the bat to make sure they come away with the points.


Carlton-Brunswick (7th) host Ringwood (5th) at Princes Park #1. The Strikers have battled hard all year and will be keen to come away with some points in this encounter. Standing in their way is a fired-up team of Rams that will be keen to finish strong and keep any semblance of a Finals appearance alive. The Rams have been the second-highest run scoring team this season and can score freely when they are on-song, but they will need to make sure their bowlers fire as this has been one area that has been a battle this season but playing against the team that has scored the second-fewest runs, on paper the Rams should come away with the points but might find it hard for a bonus point.


Finally, Prahran (8th) host Dandenong (2nd) at Toorak Park. The True Blues have seen this season as ‘growing pains’ for their young squad but this will be for the longer-term betterment of their group of players, while the Panthers are currently in a prime position to make a push for a Premiership for the first time since the 2012/13 season. The True Blues feel the absence of their skipper Annabel Sutherland when on rep duty, while the Panthers can cover the gaps of their rep players at times. On current form, the Panthers should have enough experience to take the points but I would expect the True Blues to be fighting above their weight all the way.


This week, the Women’s Premier Thirds competition are playing their Semi Finals. Games and venues are as follows:

  • Ringwood (1st) vs Carlton-Brunswick (4th) at Jubilee Park #2 Ringwood (The Rock); and
  • Melbourne (2nd) vs Dandenong (3rd) at Beaumaris Secondary College – South Oval.



Congratulations go to the following members within Premier Cricket:

  • Umpire Darrell Holt (1st XI Cap #251) will umpire his 700th Premier match and his comrade Dan Bomford (1st XI Cap #248) will umpire his 650th Premier match when they both take the field in the Men’s 2nd XI match between Footscray and Casey-South Melbourne at Mervyn G Hughes Oval.
    Darrell joined the panel in the 1980/81 season and has umpired 1 ODI, 22 Sheffield Shield, 10 other First Class, 6 List A, 366 Men’s Premier 1st XI, 253 Men’s Premier 2nd XI, 10 Men’s Premier 3rd XI, 9 Men’s Premier 4th XI, 12 Women’s Premier 1st XI and 3 Women’s Premier 2nd XI matches.
    Dan joined the panel in the 1979/80 season, and has umpired 329 Men’s Premier 1st XI, 259 Men’s Premier 2nd XI, 3 Men’s Premier 3rd XI, 41 Men’s Premier 4th XI, 13 Women’s Premier 1st XI and 4 Women’s Premier 2nd XI matches.
    Both gentlemen have given 40+ years’ of continued service across cricket and umpiring and Cricket Victoria congratulate both Darrell and Dan on reaching these milestones at the same time.
  • Umpire Colin Hall (1st XI Cap #389) will umpire his 400th Premier match when he stands in the Men’s 3rd XI match between Essendon and the Camberwell Magpies at Cross Keys Reserve. Since Colin joined the panel in the 1997/98 season, he has umpired 27 Men’s 1st XI, 89 Men’s 2nd XI, 159 Men’s 3rd XI, 51 Men’s 4th XI, 10 Women’s 1st XI and 63 Women’s 2nd XI games.
  • Umpire Russell Hubbard (1st XI Cap #523) will umpire his 250th Premier match when he stands in the Men’s 1st XI match between Casey-South Melbourne and Footscray at Casey Fields #4. Since Russell joined the panel in the 2005/06 season, he has umpired 51 Men’s 1st XI, 102 Men’s 2nd XI, 14 Men’s 3rd XI, 47 Men’s 4th XI, 24 Women’s 1st XI and 11 Women’s 2nd XI games.
  • Umpire Gaurav Bawa (1st XI Cap #508) will umpire his 200th Premier match when he stands in the Men’s 1st XI match between Richmond and Northcote at Central Reserve North. Since Gaurav joined the panel in the 2010/11 season, he has umpired 76 Men’s 1st XI, 39 Men’s 2nd XI, 26 Men’s 3rd XI, 18 Men’s 4th XI, 28 Women’s 1st XI and 12 Women’s 2nd XI games.
  • Umpire Stephen Pitts (1st XI Cap #504) will umpire his 200th Premier match when he stands in the Women’s 1st XI match between Prahran and Dandenong at Toorak Park. Since Stephen joined the panel in the 2011/12 season, he has umpired 101 Men’s 1st XI, 18 Men’s 2nd XI, 16 Men’s 3rd XI, 23 Men’s 4th XI, 20 Women’s 1st XI, 20 Women’s 2nd XI and 1 Women’s 3rd XI games.
  • Umpire Adam Hawking (1st XI Cap #510) will umpire his 150th Premier match when he stands in the Men’s 2nd XI match between Kingston Hawthorn and Carlton at Walter Galt Reserve.
  • Umpire Rajesh Mohanty will umpire his 50th Premier match when he stands in the Men’s 4th XI match between Footscray and Casey-South Melbourne at Tony Dodemaide Oval.
  • Simon Hill (Camberwell Magpies) will play his 300th Premier 1st XI match when the Magpies travel to Windy Hill to take on Essendon. Simon will become the 13th player in the history of Victorian Premier Cricket/District to reach this milestone and the 4th member of this group to have played some/all of their career with Collingwood/Camberwell Magpies (with Jack Ryder, Neil Buszard and James Keating all playing portions of their career with Collingwood). Since Simon’s 1st XI debut in the 2002/03 season, he has scored 10,795 runs @ 37.22 with 15 centuries (top score of 208*) and 62 half centuries (putting him 7th in the list of all-time run scorers), and taken 43 wickets @ 34.86 (best bowling of 5/30 being his only 5-wicket haul) and 145 catches.
  • Thomas Smyth (Carlton) will play his 200th Premier 1st XI match (and will join the CV 200 Club) when the Blues host Kingston Hawthorn at Princes Park #1. Since his debut in the 2009/10 season, Thomas has scored 5,005 runs @ 32.71 with 8 centuries (top score of 178) and 23 half centuries and taken 213 wickets @ 27.22 (best bowling of 5/11 with 2 x 5-wicket hauls) and 98 catches. Thomas passed 5,000 Premier 1st XI runs with his knock of 10 against Ringwood last weekend.
  • Devin Pollock (Casey-South Melbourne) will play his 100th Premier 1st XI match when the Swans host Footscray at Casey Fields #4. Since his debut in the 2014/15 season, Devin has scored 2,233 runs @ 24.27 with 2 centuries (top score of 104) and 10 half centuries and has taken 145 catches and 23 stumpings in his role as the team’s wicket keeper.
  • Michael Wallace (Casey-South Melbourne) will play his 100th Premier 1st XI match when the Swans host Footscray at Casey Fields #4. Since his debut in the 2011/12 season with St Kilda (where he played a solitary game before moving to Casey-SM the following year), Michael has scored 2,478 runs @ 26.36 with 3 centuries (top score of 125) and 10 half centuries and taken 9 wickets @ 69.22 (best of 1/3) and 33 catches.
  • Michael Hill (Essendon) passed 6,500 Premier 1st XI runs during his innings of 11 against Kingston Hawthorn last weekend.
  • James Seymour (Essendon) passed 4,500 Premier 1st XI runs during his innings of 64 against Kingston Hawthorn last weekend.
  • Amy Vine (Melbourne) passed 4,500 Premier 1st XI runs during her innings of 48 against Dandenong last weekend.
  • Sophie Reid (Plenty Valley) passed 2,500 Premier 1st XI runs during her innings of 43 against Carlton-Brunswick last weekend.
  • Aaron Crispe (Northcote) passed 1,000 Premier 1st XI runs during his innings of 37* against Melbourne last weekend.
  • Ian Holland (Ringwood) took his 300th Premier 1st XI wicket when he had Carlton opener Brayden Stepien caught by keeper Josh Hartill.
  • Will Walker (Camberwell Magpies) took his 250th Premier 1st XI wicket when he had Melbourne University’s Jarrod Martignago LBW.
  • Hamish Winter-Irving (Footscray) took her 200th Premier 1st XI wicket when he had St Kilda’s acting skipper Jonathan Merlo bowled.
  • Nick Boland (Prahran) took his 100th Premier 1st XI wicket when he had Frankston Peninsula’s Bailen Clarke caught by keeper Nick Blaich.
  • Josh Manning (St Kilda) took his 50th Premier 1st XI catch when he caught Footscray’s Jordan Kight off the bowling of Henry Thornton.



ROUND 13 – SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARY (11:00am Start)


Umpires V Calabro & L McCabe

ST KILDA V GEELONG at CitiPower Centre

Umpires D Ireland & S Olufson


Umpires W Downey & A Medina


Umpires A Ali & M Muthugounder


Umpires A Hind & M Malmberg


Umpires G Azzopardi & T Wendelken


Umpires R Birch & C Grant


Umpires R Hubbard & M Wood

RICHMOND V NORTHCOTE at Central Reserve North

Umpires G Bawa & P Gillespie



ROUND 13 – SUNDAY 27 FEBRUARY (11:00am Start)

BOX HILL V MELBOURNE at Box Hill City Oval

Umpires J Leonard-Scott & B Sheahan


Umpires S Brne & M Nolan


Umpires L McKay & M van Eck


Umpires M Gunn & M Pearce

Last updated: Friday February 26, 2021 10:02AM
Author: Will Rice