Premier Cricket: Round 14 Preview

Round 14 of Premier Cricket, a two day fixture, will be played over the following two Saturdays -February 11 & 18. Here’s a preview of the upcoming action

 

MATCH OF THE ROUND

Prahran (2nd) 50pts v Richmond (6th) 42pts @ Toorak Park

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Last time they met: Round 2 2010/11 Sun October 10 2010 – 50 overs @ToorakPark

P’ran 9/295 (De Bolfo 80no, B McDonald 5/60) def R’mond 4/294cc (Carters 137, Sealey 2/84)

Prahran secured the second leg of the PC trifecta by winning the one day final last Sunday. It follows their success in winning the mid week 20/20 comp earlier in the season. To complete a trio of triumphs they’ll need to break a 28 year drought. De Bolfo, Salpietro, Schlittler, Murphy,Rogersand Wild form a superb battling line up, Seymour, Sealey, Adams and McGain make up an incredibly strong attack and receive wonderful support from Salpietro.Richmond, the big improvers of 2011/12, will provide a stern test and should be able to call on the services of Cam White & Ryan Carters as the Shield match falls between Day 1 & 2 of Round 14. Graham Manou has scored three half centuries in his four innings with the Tigers and Prahran will be keen to knock him over early. Whilst it wouldn’t surprise me to seeRichmondpinch this one I’ll stick with the Two Blues. TIP: Prahran

Frankston Peninsula (3rd) 47pts  v Footscray Edgewater (10th) 25pts @ AH Butler Oval Frankston

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Last time they met: Round 2 2010/11 Sun October 10 2010 – 50 overs @ M G Hughes Oval Footscray

F Edge 141 (S Dean 41, Benbow 4/32) def Frank Pen 129 (Damiano 32, Robertson 4/19)

The Heat snuck home against lowlyMelbourneUniversitylast week. Perhaps it was the scare they needed. Holland & Boland return from State duty to strengthen an already impressive attack. It’s not often you bowl well and give up 330+ runs in a day, however I thought the Dogs did just that against Prahran last start. Dean Russ is averaging 68 over his last 4 innings. Should he continue this rich vein of form the ‘Scray are an outside chance to cause an upset. TIP:FrankstonPeninsula

 

Northcote (15th) 16pts v Melbourne University (17th) 6pts @ Bill Lawry Oval Northcote

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Last time they met: Round 2 2010/11 Sun October 10 2010 – 50 overs @ University Main Oval

N’cote 3/139 (Doropoulos 65) def Melb Uni 138 (Leggett 28, Page 3/28)

What will Marcus Stoinis do for an encore following his ton and century + a “five for” last round? University aren’t without a chance, the Students going oh so close to upsetting flag contender Frankston when defending a mediocre total of 130. TIP: Northcote

 

Ringwood (14th) 16pts  v North Melbourne (16th) 11pts v @ Russell Lucas Oval Ringwood

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Last time they met: Round 2 2010/11 Sun October 10 2010 – 50 overs @ Junction Oval St Kilda

R’wood 8/256 (Loorham 61, Stevenson 5/66) def N Melb 137 (Kharmal 25, D A King 2/8)

Ringwood lost their last five wickets for four runs at Windy Hill last Saturday to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. It’s been a tough year for the Rams losing Stray & Gale (interstate) and Gilmour (MCC). D A King 772 runs/64.33 ave has been the highlight in an otherwise difficult campaign. North can’t be happy with their efforts this season. They were terrible against Northcote and were lucky not to lose outright. Too much is left to players such as Sandri, Love & Stevenson. TIP: Ringwood

 

Fitzroy Doncaster (12th) 23pts v Casey South Melbourne (8th) 33pts @ Schramms Reserve Doncaster

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Last time they met: Round 2 2010/11 Sun October 10 2010 – 50 overs @ Casey Fields #4

Fitzroy Don 2/145 (Mash 74no, Perera 2/37) def Casey SM 144 (Entwistle 46, Huntley 3/24)

The Lions won five of their first eight games this season. They last “saluted” early December. Bad loss last start when they couldn’t defend a score of 360, the good news was that Peter Dickson found a bit of form scoring 162.  Casey is riding a five game winning streak that sees them sitting in eighth spot. The Swans showed true grit against Dandy last week. Seven back in the shed and still needing more than 130 runs for the points, they toughed it out to record a gutsy win with Maggs & Hibbins both scoring career highs in the chase. Buy a lotto ticket boys! Form suggests the Bloods, I’m gonna go with my gut TIP: Fitzroy Doncaster

 

 

 

 

Dandenong (7th) 33pts v Essendon (11th) 23pts v @ Shepley Oval Dandenong

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Last time they met: Round 2 2010/11 Sun October 10 2010 – 50 overs @ Windy Hill Essendon

D’nong 8/238cc (Hales 66, Cameron 3/55) def Ess’don 9/192cc (Berger 54, Boraston 3/28)

The Panthers will be disappointed they couldn’t finish off Casey when they were in control last week. They now find themselves in a three way battle for the remaining two spots in the finals. Essendon returned to the winners list for the first time in three months following Ringwood’s late order collapse. The task awaiting the Bombers at Shepley will be a lot harder TIP: Dandenong

 

St Kilda (13th) 21 pts  v Geelong (4th) 47pts @ Junction Oval St Kilda

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Last time they met: Round 2 2010/11 Sun October 10 2010 – 50 overs @ Geelong Cricket Ground

Geelong2/160 (Harrison 90no, Mueller 2/38) def St K 159 (McGuiness 33, Carson 3/21)

The past weekend was a bitter/sweet one for the Cats. After completing an outright victory against Hawthorn on Saturday, three of their four XI’s appeared in the one day finals on Sunday. All three lost due to a combination of a stormy afternoon inMelbourneand the fact all were the lower ranked finalist.  They’ll be too good for a St Kilda team that has managed four wins from thirteen matches in 2011/12. One local “scribe” suggests St Kilda can still qualify for the finals provided they will all three remaining contests, opponents include the in form Geelong, top of the table Carlton and a Camberwell side still battling for a spot in the playoffs. Oh, and at least won of the aforementioned victories will need to be an outright result. Pretty simple, wouldn’t you agree?Geelonghasn’t been beaten since Derby Day. Goodnight Saints TIP:Geelong

 

Melbourne (5th) 43 pts v Camberwell (9th) 32 pts @ The Albert Ground Melbourne

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Last time they met: Round 2 2010/11 Sun October 10 2010 – 50 overs @ Camberwell Sports Ground

MCC 239 (Hodge 92, Pietersz 4/48) def C’well 223 (Parker 60, Sturrock 5/41)

Both teams are coming off excellent victories last round. The MCC made a mess of 1st placedCarlton, the Pies chased down and passed Fitzroy Doncaster’s imposing total. Both teams will be desperate, theDees need the points to keep in touch with the top four and Camberwell are one point adrift of Dandenong & Casey both just inside the top eight. The availability/absence of state players McDonald & Keath could decide the result.Melbourne have lost their previous two matches at the Albert, they’ll stop the rot in what promises to be a ripper. TIP:Melbourne

 

Hawthorn Monash University (18th) 7 pts v Carlton (1st) 51pts @ Monash University #1

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Last time they met: Round 2 2010/11 Sun October 10 2010 – 50 overs @Princes Park Oval #1

Carlton4/148 (Pilon 48no) def H Monash Uni 8/147cc (Henry 38, Austin 4/29)
Top verses Bottom. Both sides were ordinary, to say the least, last round with HMU beaten outright with two sessions to spare whilst the “top of the tree” Blues had lost by the time stumps were drawn on Day 1 of their home clash with Melbourne.Carlton led the competition by 13 points at Christmas, the gap between first place and second ranked Prahran is a solitary point. It’s time for the Blues to get serious. TIP:Carlton

 

 

Comments

  1. John Butler says:

    A case of the staggers for Carlton Mic?

  2. John.

    Blues found a bit of form with the willow scoring 7/327 at Monash. Nathan Pilon an unbeten 143 from 151 balls

    Crazy day at Shepley. Essendon won the toss, batted and were rolled for 55. Dandy responded with 145, then knocked over the Bombers for 66, who lost their last 6 wickets for 10 runs, taking outright points in less than a days play. James Pattinson played as a batsman and scored 1.

    MCR

  3. ‘Scrays?

  4. Crio.

    Dogs 160, Frankston 2/76 in response. Would need a miracle, can’t see it happening.

    4/15 at one stage with Russ (0), Dean (5), Kight (0) and Gloury (0) all back in the sheds. May have been lucky to get 160.

    With Dandenong’s outright and Camberwell a chance for maximum points nexy week the Dogs chances for a late charge ended yesterday. Time to start planning for 2012/13.

    MCR

  5. What of Essendon? Good club but shocking season.
    The overall results are reinforcing the need to tighten the comp…maybe 2 divs?

  6. Crio – Please excuse the delay in responding.

    Bombers have just two pennants to their name. Bit unucky in the mid 60’s when they lost three in a row, including the “I wouldn’t have declared ” Bill Lawry 282 no final of 65/66.

    A quick look at their 11/12 squad suggests they should’ve at least been challenging for a spot in the Top 8 this season.

    PC might look at 2 divisions when the number of teams reaches 20. You’d assume either Melton and/or Werribee would’ve been “sounded out” as possible additions.

    What criteria will be used to determine which group, league, division a team is placed in ? Geographic, financial stability, facilities, junior development, results of previous 5 years, combination of all the above?

    MCR

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