Last Sunday was semi-finals time in the Sunday One-Day comeptition and Mentone created the big upset and find themselves in a Grand Final against Chelsea White after upsetting competition leaders Hampton at Boss James Reserve. Hampton after reaching 9/125 could not hold off Mentone 5/126 with a couple of overs to spare. Kamalanathan Aravindth (36) with support from John Bamfield (23) and Wally Tedde (22*) getting the Tigers over the line. Whilst at Chelsea, the Chelsea White side had a comfortable win over Moorabbin, bowled out for 139, Sithara Perera (31 and the taking 2/17) dismissed Moorabbin with nearly a dozen overs to spare, Moorabbin all out for 105. This Sunday March 4th, Chelsea White will be looking for back to back flags when it takes on Mentone at Chelsea for the Sunday Premiership from midday. The Masters will also play off for the Premiership title this Sunday. Last season Cheltenham were awarded the champion team status after finishing the home and away season on top of the ladder, whilst this season first and second place play off for the premiership. Bayside Cricket Club will play its first final taking on McKinnon at Turner Road, Highett number one oval from midday.
Think you had the Championship finals all worked out? Well think again! In the final round every team in Championship is having a say in who makes, and what shape, the final four will have. Whilst Chelsea and McKinnon haven’t had the best of seasons they are and can have the final say in who plays finals, with seemingly only Hampton unlikely to deliver a result that will impact the long weekend semi-finals Chelsea has thrown the cat amongst the pigeons with a first innings win over Carnegie, who will be looking to find a way to deliver a reverse outright victory after being dismissed for just 86 (James Seymour 4/26), with Chelsea 6/133 (Dirk Vandergert 53*). This leaves the door open for Bonbeach to jump to second after declaring at 8/245(dec) (David Fernandez 85), with Hampton 1/4 and its UK recruits having already departed. Whilst there will be nervousness at Arthur St this week after Bentleigh were dismissed for 106 in their match against South Caulfield, but the Demons fought back and have the reigning Premier 6/56, a first innings win and the Demons would lock up 4th spot, but could jump to 3rd if Carnegie are kept at bay by the Seagulls. And just to make sure everyone stays alert, Beaumaris declared at 5/174 and have McKinnon 7/96 as they press for an outright and a possible fourth spot should Bentleigh lose to South’s. And in Division 1 Murrumbeena, like South Caulfield are clear in first spot but then it’s a juggle. Brighton District dropping a chance to secure second spot after being dismissed for just 85 (Adam Young 5/19) in their match against Parkdale who have secured first innings points finishing the day at 6/87 and likely to grab fourth spot from Mentone making 134 after batting first at home against Murrumbeena 2/32. Mentone have their work cut-out to dismiss Murrumbeena to grab the points they will need if they are to extend their season. Whilst Old Mentonians will look to jump to second after making 241, but not before being being 8/112, step in Darryl Stevens, batting at 10 who proceeded to smash 105 which included 7-4’s and 8-6’s before seeing Cheltenham 2/10 at stumps. Whilst over at Turner Rd Bayside all out 147 (Tom Hill 5/35) with Middle Park 5/69 in reply. In Division 2, Bentleigh will need to go big to have any chance of snatching fourth from either Aspendale or Port Melbourne who are playing each other. Bentleigh are chasing South Caulfield ‘s 8/289(cc) where Michael Currey, batting at 3, was a run short of his centry (99*) at compulsory closure and 80 overs bowled. Aspendale looking to leap frog Port Melbourne into third after making 282 (Ethan Wright 71 and Laughlin O’Connor 53, Tim Dale 5/53), Port etching 16 runs out without loss and resume again Saturday. Bottom placed Bonbeach could finish on a high after making 241, and have Hampton 4/13, whilst Clayton District finished at 5/75 in their match against Parkdale United 203 (Cameron Stewart 87), with anything possible, the Pucca’s could finish on top if it can manufacture an outright against the Clays who were all out for 23 and 9/71 in their last match. Remaining results of Saturday’s matches can be found here. Women’s T20’s continue. Great feedback received from the umpires in our Women’s competition. Umpires who had participated in the Ten 10 day back in December noted the improvement in fielding, that there were significantly more more playable deliveries for the batters, whilst the batting techniques have also improved with a real understanding of when to run and when not to. Its great to see plenty of fun and a real sense of comradery amongst and between the teams. This weekend saw a catch-up match from an earlier round with Omega playing at home at Bricker Reserve on Friday evening against Richmond City. Omega winning the match after reducing the Tigers to 8/56, quickly chasing down the total for the loss of one wicket. On Sunday Parkdale 2/153 defeated Bentleigh 86, and Omega again, this time 3/111 in 15 overs, defeating East Malvern 4/107. Aspendale will travel to Richmond this Friday night to take on the Tigers in the final game of that round. Sunday 4th March is the final round with Omega well placed to become the first Cricket Southern Bayside Women’s Champion team if it can defeat Aspendale at Caulfield Park. East Malvern Tooronga taking on Parkdale and Richmond City playing Bentleigh.Administration meeting – Bentleigh RSL Monday 5th March – 6:30pm Clubs are reminded to RSVP to assist catering numbers, by this Wednesday 28th February to email@example.com for next Monday’s Administrators meeting to be held at the Bentleigh RSL.