Footscray has defeated Melbourne in the final round of the Victorian Premier Cricket Firsts season, showing impressive form in the lead in to finals.
After putting in an admirable display with the ball in the first innings, Central Park-St Brendan’s bowler Hamish Winter-Irving played an important role with the bat after coming in at number nine.
Having kept Melbourne to 192 runs, Footscray looked set to easily surpass their total but stumbled and needed to lift at 7-191.
In stepped Winter-Irving who treasured his wicket for a solid 12 not out, at the crease alongside Tom Buszard when the winning runs were scored.
Having finished fifth on the ladder Footscray will line up against Daniel Sartori’s Monash Tigers in the semi-final in order to progress.
Sartori’s Tigers were too strong for Melbourne University, securing an outright victory against a determined opposition who had hopes of playing finals.
But Monash made sure that would not become a reality with Sartori scoring three boundaries on his way to 23 in the first innings, followed up by 11 in the second.
Despite the best efforts of Central Park-St Brendan’s’ Tyler Larkin, Geelong could not get over the line against Dandenong in Premier Seconds.
Larkin was set at his crease for 43 in the first innings, scoring seven fours before being dismissed on his 87th ball to fall to the cursed number.
He was in form with the ball, making the breakthrough against Dandenong opener Brenton Murphy to claim the scalp as part of his bowling figures of 1-14.
Chloe Rafferty’s Essendon Maribyrnong Park will be looking to turn its minor premiership into the real one when it begins finals this weekend.
While Rafferty was unable to take a wicket in the match, her side had no troubles overcoming Prahran in Women’s Premier Firsts.