season is already two months old and as of this weekend, St Kilda will have
played three formats of cricket with more than 50 players donning the red,
yellow and black.
of the Victorian Premier Cricket fixture dictate an action-packed pre-Christmas
period, before we settle into red ball cricket from January onwards.
reflecting on the first nine weeks of this campaign, there are a vast array of
individual performances that have caught the eye of those inside and those
outside our Junction Oval.
Rummans began the season with two half centuries, before a match-winning 103
against Ringwood orchestrated a hard-fought victory. In the same game, Daniel
Forbes compiled a decisive 93 in a partnership of 181 with his skipper.
bowling perspective, the 1st XI was seemingly in a transition period
in the pre-season. The departures of Dan Babula and Nick Voyage along with an
injury to Lachie Graf presented opportunities for Shea Gribben and Blade Baxter
to stamp their authority.
youngsters boast a four-wicket haul each, and have formed an at times lethal
alliance with Dan Mueller who has already claimed 19 wickets at an average of
17. Mueller’s hatrick against Fitzroy Doncaster was his second in Victorian
Premier Cricket, and included the prize scalp of Lloyd Mash for a golden duck.
the scope of run-makers that has proved pivotal to this point. Josh Manning,
Andrew McGuiness and Matt Chasemore have all compiled a century apiece, with
consistent contributions from Damon Rowan and Will Russell exemplifying great
depth in the batting stocks. Russell in particular has been ultra-dependable –
falling for less than 20 just once in seven innings.
XI are fourth at present, and are committed to replicating last season’s
stellar T20 form over the next fortnight to push for a top-two place heading
into the festive break.
XI’s fortunes haven’t quite gone to plan as yet, although Jarrad Dowling’s men
are far from out of it despite patchy form and inclement weather causing
headaches in the first two months.
standout has undoubtedly been Jackson Cooper, who cut and pulled his way to
three quick-fire half centuries in succession to open the season, before a
deserved call-up to the 1sts in country round.
not just set the platform for each innings, but also the tone. He has been ably
supported by Lewis Mildenhall and Josh Drummond – who both relish the longer
format of the game and have each crafted two patient half centuries in recent
playing 1st XI, Charlie Ross has proven to be a fearsome spearhead
of the bowling attack, combining pace, swing and relentless accuracy on a
have won just three games, but are less than two wins off sixth place and look
to have recovered from a relatively scratchy first month of the season. Four
T20 wins over the next two weeks will go a long way towards establishing a
top-eight spot heading into Christmas.
the 3rd XI is around the mark at the moment. No team in the
competition has conceded less runs than St Kilda thus far, with Henry Hall
proving especially difficult to get away. Before his promotion to the 2nds, Tom
Gilbert’s all-round efforts earned him wide acclaim as he snared eight wickets
in three games plus a fluent 68.
first season at the club, Sam Chamberlain began in the perfect fashion –
hitting 61 against Camberwell, followed by 46 two weeks later versus Geelong.
thirds boast is a versatile core group of players, many of whom are
three-dimensional cricketers capable of turning a game at any given moment.
Jack Jowett, James Maxwell, Jared Munday and Ryan Barnett are just four of many
young Saints pushing for higher honours.
4ths, two failures to open the season didn’t deter Jesse Dinnie, who has since
put together scores of 37, 98, 30 and 26 as a rock up the top of the order.
come from Lachie Holmes, who has since moved up to the 3rd XI, and
Matt Powell, who hit an unbeaten 110 against Geelong in October.
bowling perspective, Oliver Oostermeyer continues to steam in, while Josh
Tyquin and Brett Muirhead rarely go for more than two runs per over and have
added handy contributions with the willow.
are 12th on the table, but like the 3rds, have conceded the fewest
runs in the league. They have also scored the most runs out of any 4th
XI team so far.
One of the
primary objectives at the beginning of the season was to win the club
championship, and St Kilda is in the mix – sitting in fourth spot being
Carlton, Melbourne and Footscray Edgewater.
4 T20s will
be followed by a one-dayer before Christmas, with the action in January,
February and March consisting entirely of two-day cricket.
plenty to look forward to.