The run home, finals beckon!
Date of Event : Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:32AM
Eben Kurtz was again instrumental in keeping Mentone's finals hopes alive against Brighton District. Photo: Leader News


It was hard to know where to look at the weekend with significant games a plenty in the top two divisions and finals spots eagerly sought. With plenty on the line there was some unrelenting cricket played and the results are sure to create, or fan, some fierce local rivalries for years to come. In the Championship Division South Caulfield locked away top spot with Carnegie, after the step up from Division One, certain to finish in second as it takes on bottom of the ladder Chelsea in the final round.

Bentleigh currently in fourth position will be looking for a big scalp to lock in its finals berth when they take on South Caulfield in the final round. The Demons sit five points clear of Hampton who need to beat third placed Bonbeach to have a chance, with Beaumaris now seemingly out of contention after its loss to Carnegie and would need an outright win against McKinnon and results to go its way to miraculously play finals.

At the end of Round 13 it was Bonbeach 8/168(cc) (J Dowling 4/25, J Arksey 4/64) chasing down and defeating Bentleigh 167 (T Smith 4/67). South Caulfield 285 (J O'Donnell 69, E Tattersall 66*; D Forbes 3/42) bowled Hampton out for 222 (J Lawlor 84, B Kezilas 61; S Perera 6/38). McKinnon with outright points after bowling out Chelsea for 92 week one, went on to make 7/207 (R Davis 3/48) and then sending Chelsea back in, this time rolling them for 114 (M Pearson 3/13). Whilst at Carnegie in a tension filled game, Beaumaris were looking to chase down the Negie’s 210 (A Sharma 143; L Klasen 3/42)falling agonisingly short at 208 (C Hall 67; T Brahmbhatt 6/54).

In Division 1, a point separates 3,4 and 5 after the weekend. Old Mentonians (3rd) surely to lock in its spot when it plays Cheltenham, leaving Mentone (4th) having to defeat Murrumbeena (1st) or wait to see if Brighton District (2nd) do them a favour and defeat Parkdale (5th) who are tied on points with Mentone.
Mentone keeping themselves alive making 7/235 (E Kurtz 84) and defeating Brighton District 136 (R Jones 54; C McCready 4/21, M Churchill 3/58) and 0/38. Murrumbeena 245 (X Ross 109; A Reid 5/36) defeated Parkdale 190 (W Shuttleworth 90, A Reid 55; J Arnold 4/21, B Kruger 4/53). Old Mentonians winning outright, 5/189(dec) (D Meyer 77*, T Litchfield 58; J Farrow 4/73) def Middle Park 69 and 114 (B Woolley 4/22, D Brown 4/34) whilst Bayside 4/219(dec) (R Pawar 82*, J Lewis 67*) defeated Cheltenham 127 (P Kumar 4/11, R Hunter 3/27) and 1/42.

In Division 2 Bentleigh (5th) are tied with Aspendale (4th) on points but will need a big win to make finals, having to play South Caulfield (1st) in the final round, whilst Aspendale take on Port Melbourne (3rd). Parkdale United (2nd) are a big chance to jump to the top if they can muster an outright win over Clayton District who managed a poultry 23 all out in their first innings against Port Melbourne this round. Aspendale making a play to have a big say if it locks in its spot after defeating the second placed Pucca’s convincingly at the weekend.

Aspendale 280 (E Wright 69, B O'Hanlon 60; C Ravesi 5/89) defeated Parkdale United 98 (B O'Hanlon 3/26, H Dale 3/31) and 5/98 (H Dale 4/30). Port Melbourne 154 (H Smeed 65*; M Turner 4/62) comfortably defeating Clayton District outright 23 (T Dale 6/13, J Dunlea 3/9) and 9/71 (T Dale 4/21). Bentleigh 6/202(dec) (A Stroud 50) defeated Hampton 110 (A Rodda 3/14, L Guthrie 3/24) and 4/112(cc) (P Sedunary 53*) whilst South Caulfield grabbed outright victory, 9/176(dec) (J Restarick 50; N Mottram 4/54, S Groome 3/41) and 0/20 def Bonbeach 103 (O Hills 4/11, S Mahon 4/25) and 92 (C Poerwantoro 3/19, O Hills 3/25).

Remaining results can be found here.

Women’s T20’s continue
In the Women's T20’s it was the third round of the series with Parkdale 6/94(cc) defeated by Omega 2/150(cc). Aspendale 1/154(cc) defeating Bentleigh 8/57and East Malvern Tooronga 7/100(cc) (C Shemmell 40*) defeated by Richmond City 2/101 (L Castleden 34*).
In one of the two Friday night matches being held this summer, Omega will host Richmond City at Bricker Reserve from 6pm this Friday 23rd, with the following Friday Richmond City hosting Aspendale at the Alan Bain Reserve in Richmond.

Result can be found here.

Aero Player of the Round

This week’s Aero award goes to Murrumbeena’s Xavier Ross with his maiden 1st XI ton (109) after opening against Parkdale. A 188-ball innings that included 15 4’s, great work by Xavier to break through in the seniors, his only other century 100 exactly on a Friday night against Toorak-Prahran in U17’s two seasons ago. Congratulations Xavier.

National Indoor Cricket Team for CSB moves ahead
Following expressions of interest and the sourcing of a team sponsor, CSB is moving ahead and has registered a team for the NICL. An announcement regarding a training session and an opportunity for any other players to get on board will be made shortly.

You can register your interest to get along to the next session by dropping an email with your contact details to

With a sponsor on board the team uniform, insurance, umpire and ball costs are covered, and this presents a great opportunity to further extend the reach of Cricket Southern Bayside.

Upcoming Events
1st XI Captains Meeting - Monday 26th February 2018 - Bentleigh RSL 6:30pm
Sunday One Day Division & Masters Grand Finals - Sunday 4th March - midday
Administrators Meeting - Monday 5th March 2018 - Bentleigh RSL 6:30pm
Umpires Meeting - Tuesday 6th March 2018 - Bentleigh RSL - 7pm
Presentation Night - Friday 27th April 2018 - Victorian Community Cricket Centre, Junction Oval, St Kilda

Last updated: Wednesday February 21, 2018 10:36AM

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