The Camberwell Magpies have kept their Bartercard Victorian Premier League cricket season alive with a strong performance to defeat Melbourne University in round sixteen of the competition at University Main Oval. Batting first in scorching heat the 'Pies amassed 3-345 with number three Simon Hill brilliant, compiling a career-best un-beaten 169 including twenty boundaries and three sixes. Hill combined with Thomas Russ, 64, in a game defining partnership of 200 and with a late burst of 40 from Justin Lampard the 'Pies were well on their way to snuffing the home side out.
Student’s spinner Fawad Ahmed took all three Camberwell wickets to fall finishing with 3-120 off 32 overs. On day two the Student's run chase began cautiously with runs hard to come by thanks to some tight bowling by Pie's paceman Will Walker and Simon O'Brien.
Fitzroy-Doncaster have remained in the hunt for finals action in the Bartercard Victorian Premier League cricket competition knocking over Frankston on the third-last ball of the day at Schramms Reserve in round fifteen. The Heat elected to bat on at the commencement of day two as Luke Walker and skipper Jayde Herrick both passed the century mark in an unbeaten 195-run partnership. Herrick finally declaring Frankston’s innings closed at 3-341 with Walker on 126 and Herrick an even 100 from 109 balls.
On a flat wicket with a short boundary to one side, the Lions would have been confident of reeling in the Heat’s total. They began well with openers Matthew Bremner and Peter Dickson putting on 57 before Bremner edged one to keeper Samuel Wiese off Jake Wood for 22. Timothy Sheehan (5) and Dickson (44) both fell to Wood soon after as the Lions looked a little shaky at 3-78.