Premier Cricket: Round 16 Preview

The Sixteenth and final home and away round of Premier Cricket for season 2011/12 will be played over the next two Saturdays, 3 & 10 March. A preview, including the obligatory feeble attempt at picking winners, follows.

 

MATCH OF THE ROUND

Prahran (2nd) 56pts v Carlton (1st) 67pts v @ Toorak Park Toorak

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Last time they met: Quarter Final 2010/11 Sat 12 & Sun 13 March 2011@Princes Park #1

Carlton 5/95 (Seymour 2/30) drew Prahran 8/272dec (Coates 101no, Austin 4/83)

Is this the 2011/12 Grand Final preview? Great fight back from the Two Blues last weekend posting a competitive 219 after being in early trouble at seven for not much, then on Sunday the bowlers knocked over the middle/bottom of the Cats batting order to register a confidence boosting win. Carlton needed to score more than 300 to win and did so without losing a wicket. They’re unbeaten on the road this season, Prahran have lost just once at Toorak Park. By wrapping up the minor premiership last weekend the Blues having nothing riding on the result of this match. That might tip the game in the home teams favour. TIP: Prahran

 

Frankston Peninsula (4th) 53pts v Geelong (7th) 47pts @ AH Butler Oval Frankston

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Last time they met: Semi Final 2010/11 Sat 19 & Sun 20 March 2011@Geelong Cricket Ground

Frankston 246 (Walker 65, Hart 4/65) def Geelong 191 (TS Elliot 45, Holland 4/57)

Both teams suffered bad losses last weekend as a result of mediocre efforts with the bat.  175 runs might be enough for either side to take this one.  The Heat, despite having only 246 runs to defend ended Geelong’s quest for the 2010/11 pennant when they knocked the hosts over for less than 200. Little has changed over the past 12 months it seems when considering these two sides woes with the willow. The Cats may be a little more desperate, you wouldn’t want to lose your last three prior to the finals. TIP:  Geelong

 

Melbourne (5th) 49pts v Essendon (13th) 23pts @The Albert Ground

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Last time they met: Round 4 2010/11 23 October 2010 – 50 overs @Windy Hill Essendon

MCC 2/181cc (Kent 100no, Cooper 37) def Essendon 131 (Wright 34, Quinn 4/24)

The Demons had a good win at Casey last week – runs to Kent, Keath & Cooper and wickets to Quinn, Gilmour and Worrall. Essendon almost got “outrighted” for the second time in a fortnight, and have won one of their past nine matches. The MCC has lost their past three matches at the picturesque Albert ground. The streak of futility ends with the Bombers visit. TIP: Melbourne

 

Northcote (15th) 22pts v Richmond (3rd) 54pts v @ Bill Lawry Oval Northcote

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Last time they met: Round 4 2010/11 23 October 2010 – 50 overs @Punt Road Oval

Richmond 4/176 (Sartori 48, Doyle 3/59) def Northcote 8/173cc (Peake 72, Wise 5/29)

Richmond had a surprisingly easy seven wicket win over Frankston last week, half centuries to White, Carters & Sartori and Will Sheridan ripping through the Heat middle order taking five wickets in the process. Of that quartet only Sartori will be available for this one. The 2011/12 Tigers are an even side and will cover the loss of that talented trio. Once Marc Stoinis was dismissed with the fourth ball of the day the Dragons were going to struggle to get the 300 + for victory, but their effort to score a mere 132 on the “Hughes Highway” can only be described as dreadful. TIP:  Richmond

 

St Kilda (12th) 27pts v Camberwell Magpies (6th) 48pts @ Junction Oval St Kilda

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Last time they met: Round 4 2010/11 23 October 2010 – 50 overs @Camberwell Sports Ground

St Kilda 6/153 (Handscomb 80, McNamara 3/27) def Camberwell 5/152cc (Howell 51, Graf 3/39)

The Magpies have been in sizzling form but need a win at the Junction and couple of other results to go in their favour to host a Quarter Final. Can’t see it happening. St Kilda has nothing to play for but pride. The hole created by the absence of Handscomb & Quinney (state duty) will be too great for the Saints to fill. TIP: Camberwell

 

Melbourne University (17th) 16pts v Footscray Edgewater (12th) 30.65pts @ Uni Oval #1

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Last time they met: Round 4 2010/11 23 October 2010 – 50 overs @MG Hughes Oval Footscray

FECC 6/148 (Kight 37 no, Hibbert 2/32) def Melb Uni 101 (Robertson 5/35)

By scoring 122 last week Dylan Kight joined Ken Eastwood (66/67) and Mick O’Keefe (03/04) as the only Bulldog batsmen to score three centuries in a season. A marvellous effort from a young man who looks destined for higher honours. Good to see Uni return to the winners list last weekend, Mark Simpson starring with a “fivefor”. He’s had a decent campaign scoring 350 runs & taking 18 wickets. Whilst Footscray’s second half of the season has been disappointing they should finish the season on a high. TIP:  Footscray

 

Fitzroy Doncaster (9th) 35pts v Ringwood (14th) 22pts @Schramms Reserve Doncaster

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Last time they met: Round 4 2010/11 23 October 2010 – 50 overs @Russell Lucas Oval Ringwood

F Don 2/153cc (Mash 67) def Ringwood 105 (Waterman3/24)

The Lions were desperately unlucky not to have won their previous two clashes outright, the additional eight points would’ve had them just “in” or just “out” of the Top 8.  DA King needs 175 runs to reach the magical 1000 runs in a season milestone. He’s had a super season, but I doubt he’ll reach the target against a Lion attack of Fagg, Duckworth, Maxwell & Dickson. TIP: Fitzroy Doncaster

 

Hawthorn Mon Uni (18th) 5.95pts v Casey Sth Melbourne (10th) 33pts @ Monash Uni Oval #1

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Last time they met: Round 4 2010/11 23 October 2010 – 50 overs @Casey Fields #4

CSM 6/318 (Trego 117, Hewat 2/52) def HMU 7/172cc (Tormey 65, Rose 4/12)

Last weekends loss to the MCC all but ended the Bloods bid for a 3rd consecutive finals appearance. An outright is required, Dandy & Fitzroy Donny both have to lose badly and then some. It’s all too hard. Clive Rose could bring a little joy to the Cranbourne based outfit should he win the Ryder. Good luck Clive. The Hawks will be relieved season 11/12 is almost over. Planning for next season has probably commenced already. TIP: Casey South Melbourne

 

Dandenong (8th) 43pts v North Melbourne (16th) 17pts @ Shepley Oval Dandenong   

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Last time they met: Round 4 2010/11 23 October 2010 – 50 overs @Junction Oval St Kilda

D’nong  9/263cc (Hales 134, Hrovatin 4/70) def N Melb 9/163 (McNamara 45, Nanopoulos 3/24)

Dandy has to win this. They will.

TIP: Dandenong

 

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