The weather gods intervene

The rain returned, right on cue, as our Premier Quarter Finals got underway today. After ten days of 30 degrees plus, it seems Melbourne has returned to more typical autumn weather.

Lower-ranked sides cursed their bad luck, higher-ranked sides appeared unconcerned. There is more rain predicted tomorrow but, hopefully, there will be sufficient time available for first innings results to be attained in all grades.

It was a frustrating day, with delayed starts and covers on and off several times before the rain became persistent and play was officially abandoned at all venues.

Matches at most venues will be reduced to ordinary conditions matches tomorrow. This will make it twice as hard for the lower-ranked teams to force the victory they require to proceed to the semis.

At Frankston, Demons' skipper Andrew Kent had no hesitation in bowling first after winning the toss. Frankston Peninsula lost Ben Hillard (0), Matt Gapes (1) and captain Matt Chasemore (11) to be 3/17 early before Matt Lineker (42no) and Kierran Voelkl (23) added 51 for the fourth chasemore_bowled_qfwwicket. Two late wickets to Pat Smith (3/23) saw the Heat limp to 6/98 at the early close. Paceman Chris Thompson (2/29) and leggie Brenton McDonald (1/14) were the other successful bowlers.

Ringwood was in some early trouble after Ben Osborne elected to bat first against the Lions. Fitzroy Doncaster left-arm quick Chris Moore (3/16) dismissed Nathan Walsh (8), Tom Stray (2) and Ian Holland (3) to have the Rams battling at 3/42 before David King (72no) and Joe Loorham (66no) added an unbroken 118-run fourth wicket partnership. Ringwood resumes on 3/160 tomorrow morning.

St Kilda lost the toss at Dandenong and were invited to have first use of the wicket. Left-armer Justin Butterfield (2/9 off 6 overs) and skipper Darren Pattinson (1/2 off 6 overs) were almost unplayable in their opening spells to have the Saints reeling at 3/5. Andrew McGuinness (39no) and skipper Graeme Rummans (23no) steadied the ship before the heavens opened with the smith_bowls_qfwSaints 3/74 at the close.

At Toorak Park, Carlton was also in early trouble at 4/33 after being inserted by Prahran skipper Sam Coates. Opener Jake Hancock (39no) and Tom Smyth (12no) saw  the Blues to 4/69 before rain intervened. Rhys Adams (2/20) and Dimitri Mascarenhas (2/11) did the damage. Play did not resume thereafter.

Brief scores from today's Premier Quarter Finals:

Melb v Frank Pen 6-98 (Lineker 42no Smith 3-23)
Prah v Carl 4-69 (Hancock 39no)
Ring 3-159 (DA King 72no Loorham 65no Moore 3-16) v Fitz Donc
Dand v St K 3-74 (McGuinness 39no)

Prah 2-48 v Ring
Camb Mag v Fitz Donc 48 (Dwyer 6-15 Mahon 4-13)
Melb 4-93 (Cooper 38no) v Foot Edge
St K 5-167 (Michelmore 71no) v Melb Uni

Melb 5-131 (Tomkinson 47 Daly 35) v N Melb
St K 8-167 (Molan 37 Skurrie 36no Rayner 35no Westhorpe 4-35) v Geel
Carl v Rich 6-108 (Perry 48no Knox 3-15 Colaco 3-17)
Ring 2-101 (Court 58) v Fitz Donc

Melb 4-189 (Minato 102) v Ncte
Camb Mag 4-172 (Jayasinghe 42 McIntosh 43no Norbury 36) v St Kdemons_celebrate_wicket_qfw
Ring 1-168 (Mays 93no McElroy 47) v Haw-Mon Uni
Melb Uni 1-228 (Sivakumaran 111no Tonkin 105no) v Geel






















































































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