Premier Cricket Round 13


by Mic Rees

Round 13 of Premier Cricket was completed last Saturday. Highlights included an outright victory, a superb all round performance, five centuries and a couple of squeaky bum finishes.

At Princes Park Melbourne (5/233) had to settle for first innings points in its clash with top of table Carlton (116 & 7/196). The Blues lost 7/24 on the first day to crash from 2/42 to 9/66, Nick Austin & Chris Salm adding 50 for the last wicket. Destroyer for the Demon’s was Dan Worrall (6/16), a career best from 12.3 overs. Rob Cooper (80) and Alex Keath (79) added 115 for the third wicket to help the MCC to a handy lead at stumps on Day 1. Carlton laboured on the second day, their second innings total coming at slightly better than two runs an over. Simon Keen (40) top scored for the hosts, Steve Gilmour (4/37) best for the Dees.  

Prahran (335) were looking a little shaky early and at 5/150 were in danger of being dismissed for a less than adequate total on the Hughes Oval “freeway”. James Wild (87) and Liam Murphy (49) had other ideas adding116 for the sixth wicket ensuring the home team would be chasing a total in excess of 300. The Doggies bowlers stuck to the task in trying conditions, the highlight being a lion hearted effort from Brad Robertson (5/57) from 21.4 overs, Tallan Wright (3/79) was in sparkling form for the second week in a row. In reply Footscray (244) fell well short of the target, Dean Russ (53) copped a putrid LBW decision to prematurely terminate his promising innings, and Wright (49) complemented his good work with the ball. Bryce McGain (3/61) received good support from Steve Seymour & Paul Sealey both taking two wickets each.  

Darrell Groves (3/20) and James Miller (3/30) were the wreckers for Frankston in dismissing Melbourne Uni (130) on Day 1. Uni struck back late to have the visitors 5/95 at stumps. When veteran Greg Kennedy (3/33) removed Matt Chasemore (24) and James Miller (23) in quick succession early Saturday the Heat had slumped to 7/95, still 36 runs shy of a win. Chris McCormick (18no) and Luke Walker (13) ushered their side to within a whisker of victory adding 34 for the eighth wicket, Frankston (8/132) declared immediately after passing the Students score. Melbourne University (4/125) in their second innings at the close of play

Take a bow Marcus Stoinis, your efforts over the past two Saturdays at the Junction Oval were outstanding (95 & 112 – 5/43 & 2/24). His first innings near century helped Northcote (206) set North Melbourne (129) a task it found beyond them. After finishing day 1 at 3/69 the Roos lost 7/60, to trail by 79. Stoinis smashed the North bowlers for the second week in a row, allowing the Dragons (1/167 dec) to press for outright points. North (6/121) needed more than five runs an over in their second dig and were never in the hunt.   

Rob Quiney (129), St Kilda (195). Enough said. Matt Shimmell (4/26) starred for the Tigers, his haul included a hat trick. Richmond (299) commenced day 2 at 4/110, Ryan Carters (62no) absent on state duty. Graham Manou (64) scored his third half century in four appearances for Richmond, Ben Torney (48) next best. Dan Mueller (4/84 off 26 overs) was marvellous for St Kilda. The loss all but ends the Saints bid for a thirteenth consecutive finals appearance.

Jeremy Hart’s ten wicket effort (6/56 and 4/21) spearheaded Geelong (179 & 1/29) to outright points at the expense of Hawthorn Monash University (130 & 77) at Geelong. It was a big week for Hart who represented the Victorian 2nd XI in a mid week fixture against Sri Lanka. Maximum points moved Geelong into equal third place with Frankston, both teams have 47 points.

At the Camberwell Sports Ground Peter Dickson (162) and Matt Bremner (122) added 278 for the second wicket, a club record as Fitzroy Doncaster (9/361 dec) set the home side a stiff task. The Magpies (8/367) were up for the challenge and managed to chase down the Lions imposing total, led superbly by captain Simon Hill (159) his second ton of 2011/12. The skipper received strong support from Michael McClean (65) Nick Richardson (59) & Tom Rickarby (51). The win keeps Camberwell’s finals hopes very much alive.

Dandenong (254) were well served by the efforts of Brett Forsyth (57), Paul Sweeney (53) & Darren Dempsey (41), who now has 9,997 runs in District/Premier Cricket seniors. Clive Rose (4/77) returned to form with the ball. When the Bloods seventh wicket fell with the score at 122 – less than half way to the victory total – they appeared to be heading to their first defeat since mid November. Casey managed to turn it around Shane Maggs (86no) & Nathan Hibbins (55no) combining for an unbroken 133 for the eighth wicket, the fighting victory takes them to 33 points and equal seventh place on the ladder with the Panthers. Brett Fairbanks (3/26) took the bowling honours for Dandenong.

Ringwood (258) lost their last five wickets for five runs to fail in the pursuit of Essendon (269). The two Bens’ Howell (93) and Fletcher (55) headlined the first days play at Windy Hill, Ian Holland (5/58) returned his best figures for the season.  Gavin Kellar (81) and David King (78) top scored for the Rams, but Lou Cameron (5/83) and Corey Altis (3/53) crashed through the bottom half of the visitor’s batting order, the Bombers ending a recent run of poor form with the much needed win.

At the completion of Round 13 the top eight, with premiership points in brackets, is as follows: Carlton (51) Prahran (50) Frankston Peninsula & Geelong (47) Melbourne (43) Richmond (42) Dandenong & Casey South Melbourne (33).

On Sunday Prahran (219) won its second one day title defeating Geelong (3/58) in a rain affected final at Toorak Park. Steve De Bolfo (96) was the hero for the Two Blues, Liam Buchanan & Jeremy Hart taking three wickets apiece for the Cats.




  1. Thanks, Mic. Unbelievable figures for Marcus Stoinis!

    Rob Quiney also scored two Shield centuries last week to go with his St Kilda ton. The man is obviously in a bit of form.

  2. Hello Gigs.

    Quiney has had a superb season for Victoria/Melbourne in Shield, 50 over & 20/20. If he’s as prolific in 2012/13 as he’s been this season he will probably score a spot in the Ashes squad.

    Stoinis has had an interesting debut season in PC. In between a magnificent 168 in December and Round 13 he’d averaged 3 per inning (15/5). Took a “fivefor” in Rd 12 against Frankston. Had scored 5 senior centuries in Perth grade cricket for Scarborough prior to arriving at Westgarth at the start of 2011/12.


  3. John Butler says

    What did you really think of the Russ LBW Mic? :)

    How old is Stoinis?

    Rob Quiney was a student at the High school I worked at. He’s come a long way (and lost a lot of weight) since those days.

  4. John

    Dean Russ was soooo far down the wicket he could’ve shaken hands with the blokes in the Commerce Building at VUT. Anyway, enough whingeing from me.

    Stoinis is 22 years old – b: 16/8/89.

    Has/did the school produce any other “stars”?


  5. John Butler says

    Simon Phillips, a cheeky little so-and-so, played a few games for the Swans.

    He’s now at Port.

    I hasten to add I had nothing to do with the success of either kid.

  6. Hey Mic
    I played in a social T20 game against Dean Russ a couple of weeks ago…
    he was timing them very well indeed. It took a special catch to dismiss him.

  7. John – That’s quite a stable of talent you’ve been associated with – Phillips, Quiney, Donnell, Nanopoulos. Nice work indeed.

    Smokie – Russ’ been in superb form since his 80+ at the Albert just before Christmas. If Gloury T doesn’t return in 12/13 I wouldn’t be surprised to see him appointed skipper.


  8. John Butler says

    Like I said Mic, James is the only one I could claim any (slight) credit for. :)

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