Quarter Finals weekend

Andrew Groves chats to the club leaders ahead of this weekend's Premier Quarter Finals....













The Grand Prix has thrown a spanner in the works for one of tomorrow’s quarter-final clashes.

CV Club Championship winners and minor premiers Melbourne has had to surrender home advantage with Albert Park in lockdown and will now travel into the Frankston Peninsula dragons den.

With three Heat teams not making finals first team skipper Matty Chasemore is expecting a partisan home crowd to get behind his troops.

“I’ve told them they all have to come down,” he said.

“There will be a few big guys down, then we’ve got a luncheon on this Sunday. There should be some good support.

“It was a surprise to play at home, at the end of the day we don’t make the decisions. They aren’t playing at home but they don’t need to win to go through.topp_celebrates_wkt_r5

“At the start of the season I wanted to play the kids. We maybe lacked that bit of experience which I think we now have in the side. There are a couple of match-winners in our side and I’ve had a chat with them this week, they know what to do.

“We’ve got a strong squad available. Scotty Boland will be back in, he’s a massive plus for us. We know how strong Melbourne are. Andrew McDonald will strengthen their side but he hasn’t played a lot of cricket recently and it will be interesting to see how he goes.

“I think we are one of the strongest bowling teams in the competition. If we get through this week I reckon there will be a few panic stations from a lot of the other teams left in the competition.”

Chasemore has promoted Keirran Voelkl from the seconds.

He will also move left-arm spinner Jack Benbow up the order.

“Keirran has earned his spot,” he added.

“Jack will come up a few places in the order. I think he’s got the most not outs over the last two years at the club.

“He’s been batting a lot with number ten, but he can hold an end up, he showed that earlier in the season when he lasted for 80 balls or something when I got my hundred."

Victory over Richmond last week saw Dandenong finish the season in fourth position.

The Panthers welcome St Kilda to Shepley Oval tomorrow with skipper Tom Donnell looking forward to a titanic tussle.

“It was a bit surprising to finish where we did,” he said.

“Before the game we knew we had to win if we were going to make finals. We did that and managed to finish fourth.donnell__dand__r6

“It’s an advantage for us to play at home, hopefully we can take it. We lost to St Kilda at our place early on in the season.

“That was disappointing so we’ll be looking to rectify that. They are a pretty proud club and will be hard to beat.”

Donnell expects Panthers stalwart Darren Pattinson to play despite his niggling hamstring injury.

The Bushrangers' seamer was instrumental against the Tigers, blowing their top-order to pieces in the first innings.

Donnell will be looking for the same drive this weekend.

The Rams of Ringwood are all ready and raring to take on Fitzroy Doncaster at the Russell Lucas Oval.

Skipper Ben Osborne has been rallying his troops ahead of the eagerly anticipated showdown between the local rivals.

“We can’t wait,” he said.

“It’s going to be a really good game. We will be playing against some familiar faces. Our coach played for them in the past, as did one or two of our players.

“We finished the season really well both with bat and ball. Hopefully we can carry that on over the weekend. As a club we are delighted with the way this season has gone.

“We’ve gone from third bottom last season to third top this. We’ve got four teams in finals this season, I think if we all win we will make a bit of history at the club because I don’t think that has happened before.”

Speaking earlier in the week Lions captain Lloyd Mash talked of the importance of seizing the initiative early in the contest.

Osborne added sentiment to those comments as they look to hit the traps running from ball one.

“They’ve got one or two dangerous players,” he added.

“Mashy with the bat. Peter Dickson is key too, but also with the ball. But we’ve just got to concentrate on our own game. I’m pretty happy with the way it’s been going this season. I think we’ve got one of the best top fours in the competition.

“It seems like this year, if one fails, another sticks their hand up and goes on to make a ton.”

Elsewhere, Prahran will welcome Carlton to Toorak Park.

The Blues will be missing paceman Ryan Sidebottom after he was selected in the Victoria starting XI earlier in the week.

The True Blues have been in consistent form all season and will looking for their stars to continue to fire.


Recent history of the Finalists:

MELBOURNE
Fifth finals series in a row and seventh of the past eight.
Demons have won the T20 & One-Day titles already this season.

PRAHRAN
Fifth finals series in a row.
Won the 2011-12 T20 & One-Day titles.

RINGWOOD
Has missed the past two finals series.
Won the 2007-08 & 2008-09 1st XI flags and the 2008-09 & 2009-10 Club Championships.

DANDENONG
Third finals series in a row, missed two, then another four prior to that.
Won the 2006-07 & 2010-11 1st XI flags, runners-up last season.

ST KILDA
Missed in 2011-12 after twelve successive finals appearances prior to that - an all-time record.
Last 1st XI flag was in 2005-06.

FITZROY DONCASTER
Finished ninth in each of the past three seasons, then played in three of the four previous finals series.
Last 1st XI flag in 2001-02. Last title was a 2nds flag in 2007-08.

CARLTON
Eighth finals series in a row for the Blues.
Last 1st XI flag was in 1980-81. Won the 2007-08 & 2010-11 One-Day flags.

FRANKSTON PENINSULA
Fifth finals series in a row and sixth of the past seven.
Won the 4ths One-Day flag in 2012-13.


VICTORIAN PREMIER CRICKET

QUARTER FINALS – SATURDAY 16 & SUNDAY 17 MARCH

1STS

MELBOURNE V FRANKSTON PENINSULA
At AH Butler Oval, Frankston
Umpires: P Gillespie & R Patterson

PRAHRAN V CARLTON
At Toorak Park
Umpires: W Sheahan & A Wardsmyth_batting_r17

RINGWOOD V FITZROY DONCASTER
At Russell Lucas Oval, Ringwood
Umpires: S Craig & D Herft

DANDENONG V ST KILDA
At Shepley Oval, Dandenong
Umpires: M Hanton & G Joshua

2NDS

PRAHRAN V RINGWOOD
At Central Reserve, Glen Waverley
Umpires: R Hubbard & G Jones

CAMBERWELL MAGPIES V FITZROY DONCASTER
At Camberwell Sports Ground
Umpires: V Borg & C James

MELBOURNE V FOOTSCRAY EDGEWATER
At Merv Hughes Oval, Footscray
Umpires: P Shanahan & M Gunn

ST KILDA V MELBOURNE UNI
At Melbourne Uni
Umpires: S Brne & D Holt

3RDS

MELBOURNE V NORTH MELBOURNE
At Casey Fields, Cranbourne East
Umpires: G Bawa & S Pitts

ST KILDA V GEELONG
At Geelong
Umpires: T Dolin & J Whalley

CARLTON V RICHMOND
At Princes Park, Carlton
Umpires: R Kerrison & J Walker

RINGWOOD V FITZROY DONCASTER
At Schramms Reserve, Doncaster
Umpires: A Hawking & A Jones

4THS

MELBOURNE V NORTHCOTE
At Bill Lawry Oval, Northcote
Umpires: C Hill & F Ferzulla

CAMBERWELL MAGPIES V ST KILDA
At Watson Park, Camberwell
Umpires: P Baleisa & N Ferns

RINGWOOD V HAW-MONASH UNI
At Monash Uni
Umpires: G Cumming & D Melzer

MELBOURNE UNI V GEELONG
At Kardinia Park West, Geelong
Umpires: C Hall & R Thomas


HOURS OF PLAY

1sts & 2nds
    First session:    11.30am - 02.15pm
    Interval:    02.15pm - 02.45pm
    Second session:    02.45pm - 05.30pm

3rds & 4ths
    First session:    12 noon - 02.30pm
    Interval:    02.30pm - 03.00pm
    Second session:    03.00pm - 05.25pm

PLAYING CONDITIONS

1sts & 2nds
Minimum 90 overs per day. In an uninterrupted match, the innings of the first batting side is restricted to 100 overs. A new ball is available to the fielding team after 80 overs. The second batting side will receive a minimum of 77 overs in its innings.

3rds & 4ths
Minimum 80 overs per day. In an uninterrupted match, the innings of the first batting side is restricted to 90 overs. A new ball is available to the fielding team after 80 overs. The second batting side will receive a minimum of 67 overs in its innings.

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