Premier Cricket: Round 7 Preview

Round 7 of Premier Cricket will be played over the next two Saturdays (November 19 & 26), weather permitting. Here’s a brief look at those games.

 

MATCH OF THE ROUND

Frankston Peninsula (3rd) 20pts v Melbourne (4th) 20pts – AH Butler Oval Frankston

2011/12 FP WWLWLW – MCC LLWWWW

Last time they met: Round 10 2010/11 Sunday December 12 2010 – T20 @ The Albert Ground Melbourne

MCC 7/91 (Kent 33, J Miller 3/23) defFrankstonPeninsula4/73 (Sturrock 2/10)

 

This game promises to be a beauty. Frankston, so close to grabbing their first pennant in March, have started 2011/12 brightly with 4 wins from 6 starts. They won a nail bitter at Schramms Reserve last week, Lloyd Mash almost bringing them undone. After dropping their first two games the MCC have strung four wins on end to quietly slip into the top 4. Bravo! Last weekend they chased down Prahran’s 321 thanks to the return to form of 2009/10 Scholes Medallist Rob Cooper (150) & the ageless Simon Dart (106) – his 17th Premier Cricket ton. Frankston have the two leading wicket takers in the competition with James Miller (16) and Matthew Chasemore (14). Add Darren Groves’ 17 years experience / 430 wickets and the game looks like a classic bat verses ball contest.Melbourne run machine Andrew Kent has had a modest start to the season (130 @26.00). He’s due.  TIP: Will B J Hodge make his third Premier Cricket appearance for the season? If he does the Demons will start slight favourites. Against the strong Frankston attack his bat will be required.    

 

Footscray Edgewater (10th ) 15 pts V Ringwood (12th) 11pts – MG Hughes Oval Footscray

2011/12 F’scray Edge WLLDWW – R’wood WLLLLW

Last time they met: Round 10 2010/11 Sunday December 12 2010 – T20 @ Russell Lucas Oval Ringwood

R’wood 9/156 (Loorham 42 Green 3/35) def Footscray Edgewater 8/139 (Gloury 37, Dehmel2/21, Coghlan 2/28)

 

After compiling a rare 300 + total, highlighted by Dylan Kight’s first Premier Cricket triple figure score, the Dogs convincingly disposed of Essendon and are staring at three wins in a row. Heady stuff for the woofers. Great to see the lion hearted efforts of Andrew McCammond rewarded with 4 wickets at Windy Hill last week. At one stage Ringwood were 4/60 in pursuit of Melbourne Uni’s 203, and looking shaky. David King (85) & Ben Osborne (59) steadied the ship, the Rams eventually posting a comfortable win closing at 7/235. David King’s 2011/12 efforts have been impressive with bat (299 @49.8) and ball (8wkts). TIP: Footscray’s recent efforts against Ringwood have been odious. Time for a change, the Dogs to win.

 

Melbourne University (16th) 4pts V Dandenong (5th) 17pts – University main Oval

2011/12 Melb Uni LLLWLL – D’nong WWWLWL

Last time they met: Round 10 2010/11 Sunday December 12 2010 – T20 @ Shepley Oval Dandenong

Melb Uni 3/81 (White 30 no) def D’nong 80 (Donnell 32, Nalesnyik 3/11, Simpson 3/16)

 

The Panthers return to campus for the first time since prevailing in “the greatest final of all time. Despite having a depleted attack Dandy will be disappointed with their efforts last week as they would’ve fancied their chances with 300 runs in the bank, yet the “Cotes cruised to a convincing 7 wicket win. Prodigal son Brett Forsyth (368 runs @ 73.60) is having quite a productive season. Welcome back to Shepley Oval Brett. Uni had Ringwood in early trouble but couldn’t press home the advantage. Don’t like their chances in this one. TIP: Reigning premier should get back on track.

 

Northcote (14th) 10pts  v  Fitzroy Doncaster (7th) 17pts – Bill Lawry Oval Westgarth

2011/12 N’cote LLLLWW – F Don WWWWLL

Last time they met: Round 10 2010/11 Sunday December 12 2010 – T20 @ Schramms Reserve

Fitzroy D’caster 7/133 (Dickson 33, O’Shea 3/17) def Northcote 9/132 (March 41, Fagg 2/18, Duckworth 2/25, Waterman 2/38)

 

The Dragons great win at Shepley Oval was headlined by Ben Peake’s unbeaten 175, the 25 year olds maiden Premier Cricket First XI ton helping the Dragons to a handsome victory. Fitzroy Doncaster had their own hero in Lloyd Mash. The forgotten man of Victorian cricket almost single handedly carried the Lions past the target of 304 set by Frankston Peninsula. Alas when Mash (171) was the last man dismissed Fitzroy were still 8 runs short of pulling off a memorable win. TIP: Lions, but the Dragons are not without a chance at home.

 

Prahran (5th) 19pts v Hawthorn Monash University (18th) 0 pts – Toorak Park Armadale

2011/12 P’ran TWWWWL – HMU LLLLLL

Last time they met: Round 10 2010/11 Sunday December 12 2010 – T20 @ Monash University Oval #1

Prahran 2/85 (Schlitter 66 no, R Bird 2/18) def HMU 8/84 (Salpietro 4/20, Wild 2/7)

 

Saturday October 30, 2010 was the last time Hawthorn Monash University tasted the spoils of victory. Not sure when, or where, the next win is coming from. I doubt it will occur over the next two Saturdays at Toorak Park. Prahran, a team expected to figure in finals calculations, lowered their colours for the first time in 11/12 when they couldn’t defend 321 runs at the picturesque Albert Ground last week. TIP: Hawks barren run will continue, the Two Blues will be far too good. It could get ugly!

 

St Kilda (11th) 11pts  v  North Melbourne (16th) 5 pts – Junction Oval St Kilda

2011/12 StK LWLLLW – NM LLLDWL

Last time they met: Round 10 2010/11 Sunday December 12 2010 – T20 @ Junction Oval St Kilda

St Kilda 3/100 (Quiney 48, Sheldon 2/9) defNorth Melbourne5/82 (McMinn 40, Mueller 2/9)

 

Peter Handscomb has dared the state selectors to continue overlooking him at their own peril. 175 off 189 balls last Saturday, to accompany runs at Shield and state seconds level this campaign. What does this young man have to do to claim a spot in the out-of-sorts Victorian Sheffield Shield team?  Good to see Matt Love (69) amongst the runs in the Roos second innings last week. TIP: St Kilda is struggling. That pleases me greatly as I don’t like them. A North victory would be good for cricket. Sadly I don’t think they will.

 

Carlton (1st) 34pts v Camberwell Magpies (9th) 15pts – Princes Park Oval # 1 North Carlton

2011/12CarltonWWWWWW – C’well LWWDLW

Last time they met: Round 10 2010/11 Sunday December 12 2010 – T20 @ Camberwell Sports Ground

C’well 6/136 (Rickaby 50, Manser 2/21, Gulbis 2/22) defCarlton6/121 (Gulbis 41, Pietersz 3/16)

 

Carlton have enjoyed a perfect start to the season winning all six encounters, the unbeaten run includes maximum points from their most recent outing against North Melbourne. Couldn’t win ’em all could they? Only great teams do that. Bankstown recruit Simon Keen’s first ton south of the border helped the Blues secure the aforementioned outright. The Magpies have been OK sitting just outside the top 8. Fekete (4wkts) and McNamara (3wkts) did the damage with the ball against the Cats last week. TIP: Blues to remain perfect.

 

Richmond (2nd) 20pts v Essendon (6th) 17pts – Central Reserve # 1 Waverley

2011/12 R’mond LWWLWW – Ess’don WLWWWL

Last time they met: Round 10 2010/11 Sunday December 12 2010 – T20 @ Windy Hill Essendon

Essendon 2/148 (Fletcher 66 no) defRichmond7/147 (Delmont 38, Buhagiar 3/23)

 

Last week Richmondskittled Casey for 90. Graham Manou made 80 on his Yellow & Black debut and Allan Wise took 3 wickets. They’ve won 4 of 6, and sit second behind runaway leaders Carlton. I’m surprised by that. Essendon’s effort with the willow against the Dogs last week was ordinary, the two Bens, McRae (74) & Fletcher (36) the only bats to trouble the opposition. Until the collapse last week the Bombers recent form had been very good. TIP: Tigers to make it two from two at their new home ground.

 

Geelong (13th) 10pts v Casey Sth Melbourne (15th) 7pts – Geelong Cricket Ground Geelong

2011/12 G’long WWLDLL – CSM TLWLLL

Last time they met: Round 10 2010/11 Sunday December 12 2010 – T20 @ Casey Field #4

Casey SM6/161 (Trego 64, L Buchanan 2/29) def Geelong 9/138 (Harrison 37 Perrin 2/21)

 

Both teams played finals cricket last season but have been disappointing so far. The Buchanan’s, Liam (64) & Meyrick (51) scored almost half the Cat’s 244 runs last week.  None of the regular Casey batsmen average more 20 with the willow, Matt Wade the exception scoring 54 in his only appearance.  TIP: A must win for either teams, but the Cats should come out on top. The losers’ task to make the finals becomes a little tougher.

 

Comments

  1. John Butler says:

    Top stuff Mic.

    Better than anything the papers offer.

  2. Thanks John.

    Not sure if I’ve got much/any competition.
    The Melbourne Herald used to have a Friday night preview, I think Rod Nicholson was the man in charge. That’s more than 20 years ago. The Sunday papers usually devote a couple of paragraphs to the previous days play. Howard Leigh covers the comp in the SHS. Howard’s association with the VCA goes back to the early 70’s.

    MCR

  3. John Butler says:

    Mic, you’re right about the lack of coverage.

    Part of the continuing diminishing of anything below international level. Not worth the trouble seems to be the judgement. A shame. And short-sighted.

  4. Thanks Mic. I’ll issue more Premier challenges to you in the upcoming weeks.

  5. John – It’s a fairly decent standard that deserves better than it gets.

    Crio – Please do. No need for a review this week, only game to get a start was down at Geelong. Good to see Finch find a bit of form.

    MCR

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