Demons v Panthers

Andrew Groves takes a look at the other big Semi Final starting tomorrow - Melbourne v Dandenong.











Melbourne will continue its quest for the treble tomorrow when they welcome Dandenong to the Albert Ground in the other Premier semi-final.

Andrew Kent’s men already have the upper hand having finished above the Panthers on the ladder and know a draw will be enough to see them through to the granny.

Bushrangers allrounder Michael Hill is looking forward to what promises to be an interesting war of attrition.

“I always love coming back and playing for Melbourne,” he said.

“They are a great bunch of guys and I want to do well for them. Dandenong are a type of team who do well in finals. They’ve got some match-winners in their side like Tom Donnell at the top of the order and Darren Pattinson with the ball.donnell__dand__r6

“But we’ve got a quality side too. Andrew McDonald is coming back to full fitness now and Alex Keath is working his way up through the Victoria ranks, we’re pretty happy with the side we’ve got.

“We’ve played a lot of good cricket this season across all three formats.

"If we went on to win the two-day competition it would make it a perfect season.”

Melbourne booked a place in the last four with a hard-fought draw over Frankston Peninsula last weekend.

The Heat came into the contest in buoyant mood after the game was switched from the Albert to its home fortress with the Grand Prix taking place at Albert Park.

Batting first, Matty Chasemore’s side posted 8-179.

There were a few nervy moments in reply with the Demons slipping to 5-73. But skipper Kent (14 off 128 balls) and Matthew Brown (50no) helped them settle for a draw on 6-142.

Dandenong will be going out all guns blazing as they look to upset the applecart and beat their opponents.

Donnell, who hit an important 79 against St Kilda last week in the Panthers’ Quarter Final clash, is gearing up for the big one.

“It’s a tough game for us,” he said.

“We are coming up against a team that finished top, it’s always a difficult game when you come up against Melbourne at the Albert Ground. Hopefully though we can get in there and play some red hot cricket.

“They’ve been the side to beat all season, we know we’ll be up against it but we also know we’ve got to win the game to go through so we’ll be giving it everything.

“It was a good result for us against St Kilda last week, I hope everyone can do their part for us like they did last week.

“If everyone can do that then hopefully we’ll be set up.”

Last weekend St Kilda declared on 5-163 to set up a tricky run chase for the Panthers.

Brett Forsyth was removed for six in reply. But Donnell and Charith Cooray (47) dug in to bring their side home.

“I’ve opened the batting a lot with Brett in the past, it’s always good going out with him,” he added.hill_v_rich_r11

“It was enjoyable getting the team off to a good start last week. This weekend hopefully we can do the same.

“We’ve just got to go out there in a positive frame of mind and try and win the game. They have a pretty good side and can bring players back to make them stronger.

“But we can’t worry about that too much. We’ve just got to concentrate on our own game.”

When They Last Met:

Melbourne v Dandenong
2012-13
R10 (T20)    Melb 7-147 (Kent 38 Keath 36 Mullaney 3-24) def Dandenong 9-115 at the Albert Ground

2011-12
R1 (One-Day)    Dand 6-246 (Forsyth 107 Fairbanks 58 Sweeney 30 Worrall 3-36) d Melb 9-244 (Kent 90 Wilcock 3-56) at Albert Ground


PREMIER SEMI FINALS

Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 March 2013

PREMIER 1ST XI

MELBOURNE v DANDENONG
At Albert Ground
Umpires: S Craig & T Ward

PRAHRAN v RINGWOOD
At Prahran
Umpires: G Joshua & R Patterson

PREMIER 2ND XI

PRAHRAN v MELBOURNE UNI
At Melbourne University
Umpires: V Borg & P Shanahan

CAMBERWELL MAGPIES v MELBOURNE
At Camberwell
Umpires: S Brne & G Jones

PREMIER 3RD XI

MELBOURNE v RINGWOOD
At Ringwood
Umpires: A Hawking & J Walker

ST KILDA v CARLTON
At Junction Oval
Umpires: G Bawa & A Jones

PREMIER 4TH XI

MELBOURNE v MELBOURNE UNI
At Princes Park, Carlton
Umpires: N Ferns & D Melzer

CAMBERWELL MAGPIES v RINGWOOD
At Watson Park
Umpires: C Hill & R Thomas

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