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Premier Cricket Preview - 16 April 2021
Date of Event Victorian Premier Cricket: Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:16PM

2020/21 Victoria Premier Cricket Grand Final

Dandenong vs Prahran Saturday 17th April 2021 at CitiPower Centre




Dandenong

Captain: Tom Donnell

Coach: Warren Ayres

 

 

1XI Premierships: 2006/07, 2010/11, 2017/18


Runners up: 2011/12

 

 


2020/21 leading runs scorers:


Brett Forsyth 616 @ 56.00 1 x 100, 4 x 50s


Tom Donnell 418 @ 27.87 3 x 50s


Ed Newman 267 @ 33.38 1 x 100, 1 x 50


Comrey Edgeworth 212 @ 19.27

 

 

 

2020/21 leading wicket takers:


James Nanopoulos 37 wickets @ 12.95 BBI 8/16 1 x 5WI


Adam McMaster 25 wickets @ 19.36 BBI 4/19


Peter Cassidy 23 wickets @ 22.39 BBI 4/20


Suraj Randiv 21 wickets @ 24.76 BBI 3/37


 

 

2020/21 season performance

7th placed finish

9 wins

6 losses

1.33 Aver

 

 

2020/21 finals performance

QF: Melbourne (87) vs (5-90) Dandenong @ Albert Ground

Dandenong won by 5 wickets

SF: Geelong (6/219) vs (7/223) Dandenong @ Geelong Cricket Ground

Dandenong won by 3 wickets

 

 

Prahran

Captain: Jake Hancock

Coach: Julien Wiener

 

 


1XI Premierships: 1908/09, 1910/11, 1920/21, 1921/22, 1922/23, 1954/55, 1983/84


Runners up: 1914/15, 1952/53, 1953/54

 

 


2020/21 leading runs scorers:

Damon Egan 672 runs @ 51.69 2 x 100s, 4 x 50s


Nicholas Blaich 552 @ 34.50 1 x 100, 3 x 50s


Jake Hancock 446 @ 44.60 2 x 50s


Lachlan Bangs 410 @ 45.56 2 x 100s, 2 x 50s


 

 


2020/21 leading wicket takers:

Matt Wilcox 35 wickets @ 12.29 BBI 4/23


Blake Parsons 29 wickets @ 20.62 BBI 5/37 1 x 5WI


Nicholas Boland 29 wickets @ 21.83 BBI 4/20


Andrew Perrin 20 wickets @ 20.05 BBI 4/62


 

 

2020/21 season performance

3rd placed finish

12 wins

3 losses

1.71 Aver


 

 


2020/21 finals performance

QF: Prahran (9-210) vs Melbourne University (97) @ Toorak Park

Prahran won by 113 runs

SF: Prahran (4/170) vs Fitzroy Doncaster (6/138)

Prahran won by 6 wickets (DLS)

 

 


On paper, this battle appears to be a case of ‘David versus Goliath’ – Prahran, for so many seasons being close to the mark, now making their first Grand Final appearance since the victorious side of 1983/84 when the names of Whatmore, Davis, Grant, Maddocks and Ephraims accounted for a gallant Essendon side. Dandenong, on the other hand, are reasonably ‘fresh’ to a Grand Final appearance with their last trip seeing them with the premiership over Fitzroy Doncaster in the 2017/18 Final.

 

 

The new ‘True Blues’ were proactive on the recruiting front in recent years, with ex-Fitzroy Doncaster quick Andrew Perrin and ex-St Kilda batsman Damon Egan making the move to Toorak Park in recent seasons. Both players excelled in their games this season, though Perrin will be all the fresher for a mid-season ‘enforced’ layoff due to suspension. The majority of the side has been talent that has come up through the club in recent years and will be led by skipper Jake Hancock and coach Julien Wiener in the club’s charge to notch their 8th 1st XI premiership.

 

 

The Panthers have capitalised on their heartache end to season 2019/20 where St Kilda defied their attack in the last hour of the last round 8 wickets down to deny them a spot in the Finals to now again be in the ‘big dance’. A return of a club ‘legend’ in Warren Ayres as coach has sparked the Tom Donnell-led side into action this season and led by the experience of Donnell, 2018/19 Ryder Medallist Brett Forsyth and James Nanopoulos, the side has fought hard to get their side here and play for their 4th 1st XI premiership – as evidenced in their miraculous Semi Final win on the road at Geelong.

 

 

Looking at the line-ups of both sides, there is very little difference in terms of the standard of the two bowling attacks, with both sides having a General (Wilcox for the True Blues, Nanopoulos for the Panthers) and the rest of the attack all playing strong supporting roles. The key question coming out of the Panthers camp is whether they will have access to Victorian and Australian quick James Pattinson for this game and if so, who would he replace? Gut feel suggests that while they may like him to play, last word was there had been some injury concerns so this may be a long-shot.

 

 

The key difference in the two line-ups this season has been around the respective club’s performances with the bat. The True Blues have been a more consistent side with the willow with four batsmen (Egan, Blaich, Hancock & Bangs) all having made at least 400+ runs for the season and these batsmen have made 5 centuries and 11 half-century scores between them. The Panthers have relied heavily on the ‘old firm’ at the top of the card in Donnell and Brett Forsyth to score their runs, with no other player having even reached 300 runs so far this season (Ed Newman is 3rd on 267 with one innings of 120*), with the output of 2 centuries and 8 half-centuries from the leading 4 run scorers concerning.

 

 

Will the True Blues have enough experience in their team to overcome the nerves of playing in their club’s first Grand Final in 37 seasons? Will the Panthers be able to achieve the ‘double’ of 1st XI titles after their Women’s side won three weeks ago? All these questions and more will be answered from 9am Saturday morning at the CitiPower Centre (Junction Oval, St Kilda). Entry is free and the game is being live streamed by My Sport Live through the Victorian Premier Cricket Facebook page and also through Kayo.  

 

 

MEN’S PREMIER GRAND FINALS

SATURDAY 17TH APRIL 2021 (RESERVE DAY SUNDAY 18TH APRIL 2021)

1st & 2nd XIs - 9:00am Start, 3rd & 4th XIs - 10:00am Start

 

 

MEN’S PREMIER 1ST XI

PRAHRAN V DANDENONG at CitiPower Centre

Umpires D Brigham & P Gillespie (Reserve M van Eck)

 

MEN’S PREMIER 2ND XI

FOOTSCRAY V MELBOURNE at Mervyn G Hughes Oval

Umpires A Ali & M Wood (Reserve J Wyatt)

 

MEN’S PREMIER 3RD XI

MELBOURNE V RICHMOND at Albert Ground

Umpires J Hallam & G Schembri (Reserve S Weerasekara)

 

MEN’S PREMIER 4TH XI

MELBOURNE V RICHMOND at Beaumaris Secondary College – North Oval

Umpires S Gupta & V Kumar (Reserve M Pimpalkhare)

Last updated: Friday April 16, 2021 1:34PM
Author: Will Rice