Grand Final Match Reports

So close for brave Heat
Brad Beitzel and Paul Amy report on a thrilling Premier Cricket final, FRANKSTON STANDARD LEADER
THE FRANKSTON Peninsula players left the Melbourne University ground with their hearts in their boots after falling to Dandenong in an utterly engrossing Premier Cricket grand final on Sunday.
In an exhilarating passage of play, James Pattinson and No 11 Justin Butterfield put on 32 for the last wicket to edge the Panthers past a gallant Heat.
Dandy made 226 in reply to 224 and the match looked decided.
But there was even greater drama to come. Trying to reverse the firstinnings result, Frankston Peninsula declared at 8/138 off 28 overs in its second dig, leaving Dandy to get 136 in 57 overs. The Panthers got the staggers, losing wickets regularly. Last pair Darren Pattinson and Butterfield were left to negotiate the last seven overs of the match and they did, cruelly denying the Heat a first premiership.
President Denis Prendergast was inconsolable after the match.
A tense crowd had watched the first-innings result unfold in the first 20 minutes of play on Sunday as Dandenong resumed at 9/213.
Pattinson is making his name as a bowler of ferocious pace but he batted splendidly for 59 not out, taking charge of the lower-order.
His half-century went with opener Tom Donnell’s outstanding 83.
This grand grand final took a sudden turn early on Saturday when the Heat, picking up at 5/213, collapsed to be all out for 224.
Test man Peter Siddle ( 5/ 52) spreadeagled the tail as Frankston Peninsula finished with quite a few less than it could have expected. On day one Heat captain Matt Chasemore won the toss and decided to face what must have been the best attack in a Premier final in five decades.
There was Australian Test quick Siddle, English Test paceman Darren Pattinson (2/30), state quick James Pattinson (3/49), as well as the emerging Justin Butterfield and consistent Premier performer Brent Fairbanks. Opener Ricky Damiano attacked the bowling, scooting to 47 before being LBW to Darren Pattinson. The Heat were wobbling at 4/77. Enter 2010 AFL grand final goal umpire Luke Walker, who joined f ormer Victorian opener Nick Jewell at the creases.
Walker had a battle with Siddle and looked to be buckling but the former captain kept his nerve and played some attractive strokes as he went to a top score of 71.
Jewell, disregarding some blows to the body from the pacemen, dug in for 63 as they built a valuable partnership of 133.
Jewell went to stumps on 61 but he was one of three batsmen to fall to Siddle next morning.
Dandenong’s innings started horribly, with opener Nick Thomas dismissed for a second-ball duck by veteran Darren Groves. It was his third blob in the finals series.
Donnell, however, was brick-wall solid as he produced his highest score for the season. But when he was was judged LBW to James Miller, it sparked a wicked collapse of 4/4.
James Pattinson watched on from the other end. But he gained support when Fairbanks strode in and cracked 24 from 32 balls, including 2 fours and 2 sixes.
Butterfield came in at No 11 but looked more like a middle-order player and was 12 not out at stumps on day two as the match headed for the tightest of finishes.
But nobody could have predicted that the last hour of Sunday would match the drama of the first. It was a classic game of Premier Cricket.

Misses in Heat of battle
THE adage is catches win matches. In Frankston Peninsula's case dropped catches cost it the first innings points in the Premier Cricket grand final.
Late on day three, with the match in the balance, the Heat, which rose from eighth place to make the big match, would have been ruing the final hours of day two in the match against Dandenong, with the favoured Panthers reeling at 8-154 in chase of 224.
With free-swinging all-rounder Brent Fairbanks at the crease the Heat twice dropped direct catches, first from a skied slog off Jon Holland and then from an edge that flew straight at the gully fieldsman off Jimmy Miller.
When Fairbanks finally went out for 24 off 32 balls the Panthers were within reach of the total and the first-innings points.
No.11 batsman Justin Butterfield (13 off 58) managed to hold his composure despite some probing bowling from the Heat as he and James Pattinson edged towards the target, ending day two at 9-213.
Pattinson (59 not out) took charge early on day three, taking the Panthers up to the score and then past it with a leg bye to all to seal the first innings honours.
In the first dig the Heat made the most of the early going with openers Chris Dew and Ricky Damiano getting to 35 before Dew fell to Panthers quick James Pattinson.
Darren Pattinson then claimed two wickets including the scalp of Damiano (47) while returning Australian quick Peter Siddle notched his first scalp.
At 4-77 the Panthers looked in charge but in-form batsmen Nick Jewell (63 off 212 balls) and Luke Walker (71 off 200) settled into a valuable 133-run partnership that looked to have turned the match in the Heat's favour.
But with day one coming to a close Siddle took Walker's wicket to leave the Heat 5-213 at stumps.
The Heat wanted to pass 250 in the first session of day two but Siddle and James Pattinson barely let them take their seats as the Panthers skittled their opponents, taking a combined 5-11 to have the Heat 224 all out.
The Panthers' chase couldn't have got off to a worse start as Darren Groves claimed opener Nick Thomas second ball for a duck then Scott Bolland snared first-drop Patrick Sweeney (11).
Opener Tom Donnell (83) proved to be a rock for the Panthers, forming invaluable partnerships through the middle order headlined by a 56-run stand with James Pattinson.
But the Heat tandem of Miller (6-54) and Holland (2-65) then took 3-4 to leave the Panthers on the verge of defeat at 8-154 before Pattinson and company took them past the Heat's total.
Jewell said at the end of day two that his side had missed its opportunities. "If those catches stick then it could have been very different, but that's cricket."
When the Weekly went to print the Panthers were within 25 runs of victory with three second-innings wickets in hand.

Panthers hang on in a classic
Dandenong has won a thrilling Kookaburra Premier Final, defying a never-say-die Frankston Peninsula at Melbourne Uni today.
The match went down to the wire as the Panthers, set 137 off 57 overs for an outright win, hung on to finish at 9/125. It was a pulsating Premier Final with each of the teams grabbing the ascendancy at different times, only for the arm-wrestle to go back the other way. Both sides had their opportunities to win the game but, in the end, it was left to the experienced Darren Pattinson and rookie Justin Butterfield to negotiate the final 38 balls to deny the Heat an historic reverse outright.
Day three began with Dandenong 9/213, an intriguing 12 runs short of first innings points. James Pattinson (59no) and Justin Butterfield (13) got them across the line, but not before some more drama. Keeper David Nankervis missed a difficult caught behind up on the stumps to Miller before the target was reached, one of several chances missed (around five or six by each side) during the match. Miller eventually grabbed the last wicket to finish with the fine figures of 6/54 from 24.5 overs, but Dandenong led by 2 runs, finishing with 226.
The Heat batsmen began with a sense of urgency. Ricky Damiano (27 off 28 balls) and skipper Matt Chasemore (46no off 34 balls) were the prime movers as Frankston Peninsula declared at 8/138 off just 28 overs, setting Dandenong 137 for outright points off 57 overs.
Miller struck twice early, removing Nick Thomas (1) and Peter Sweeney (1) to make it 2/12. Skipper Darren Dempsey (15) then joined Tom Donnell and this pair took it to 54 before Dempsey was adjudged lbw to Groves for 15. James Nanopoulos (7) was bowled by Holland at 4/69. Paceman Scott Boland struck a huge blow for the Heat when he had Tom Donnell (50 off 86 balls) caught by Chasemore and it was 5/89. Holland had Peter Siddle (2) caught and bowled to make it 6/92.
Amidst great tension, Heat veteran Darren Groves then chimed in, dismissing James Pattinson (a brilliant leg-side stumping by Nankervis) at 7/112, trapping Dylan Quirk lbw (8/118) and, two balls later, clean bowling Brent Fairbanks (9/118). But, despite their best efforts, the Heat bowlers were unable to split Darren Pattinson (21no off 81 balls) and Justin Butterfield (0no off 12 balls), who saw the Panthers through to a memorable victory.
It was Dandenong's second Premier triumph, after Warren Ayres' side won in 2006-07. James Pattinson was adjudged the John Scholes Medallist for his 3/49 and decisive 59 not out.
Toss a coin – after Day Two
In a cliffhanger Kookaburra Premier Cricket Final at Melbourne Uni, Dandenong finished at 9/213 in reply to Frankston Peninsula's 224. The match resumes at 11am tomorrow morning, with the Panthers needing just 12 runs, the Heat one wicket.
Resuming on 5/213 this morning, the Heat was bundled out for 224, losing their last five wickets for just 4 runs. Peter Siddle was the prime destroyer, taking three wickets this morning to finish with 5/52 from 22.1 overs, while James Pattinson took two to finish with 3/49 from 19 overs.
In cool, overcast conditions for the entire day, the Dandenong innings began disastrously when Nick Thomas was caught by bat-pad Clements off Darren Groves' second ball of the innings. Peter Sweeney (11) was next to go, caught behind by Damiano off Boland - 2/17. Dandenong skipper Darren Dempsey was then missed at slip on 0, but with Tom Donnell, saw the Panthers to 2/33 at lunch.
The introduction of left-arm spinner Jon Holland into the attack saw Dempsey play a controlled lofted boundary, but when he tried to repeat the shot in the next over, he sliced the ball to Groves at cover - 3/55. Donnell and James Nanopoulos took the score to 94, with Donnell contributing the majority of the 39 runs added in the partnership. At 4/94, the Heat was on top, but a 56-run partnership between Donnell and James Pattinson swung the pendulum back in Dandenong's favour again. 4/110 at tea, Miller trapped Donnell lbw for a fine 83 from 198 balls to make it 5/150.
Following the wicket of Donnell, Miller quickly had Peter Siddle caught behind, then Darren Pattinson and Dylan Quirk (both bowled) and the Panthers had lost four wickets for 4 runs and were 8/154 and the Heat were right on top. Brent Fairbanks joined James Pattinson and the pair added 40 in quick time, Fairbanks hitting Holland for two big sixes, before that man Miller again struck, having Fairbanks caught at backward point by Groves for 24. At 9/190, the Heat's 224 looked a long way off, but number eleven Justin Butterfield (12no) looked comfortable and, with James Pattinson (50no), saw the Panthers to a tantalising 9/213 at the close.
With twelve runs required by the Panthers and one wicket by the Heat, the first half-hour tomorrow morning will be worth watching.
Honours even after opening day of the Final – after Day One
Frankston Peninsula skipper Matt Chasemore won the toss and batted in overcast, threatening conditions. The start was delayed by ten minutes due to some misty drizzle.
The Heat got off to a bright and breezy start with 0/21 from the 1st 3 overs before Chris Dew was caught in the gully by James Nanopoulos for 11 it was 1/35. Ben Clements was caught at mid off for 2 the score was 2/44.
Matthew Chasemore was caught and bowled by Darren Pattinson for 2 the Heat were 3/53. Ricky Damiano as out lbw for 47 off the bowling of Darren Pattinson for 47. By Lunch the Heat were 4/81.
Nick Jewell and Luke Walker batted throughout the middle session but Dandenong did not help themselves through poor fielding by dropping catches. Frankston Peninsula were 4/135 at Tea.
Jewell and Walker continued their partnership through most of the final session posting Frankston Peninsula's biggest partnership of the season before Luke Walker was caught by Sweeney on the boundary for 71 ending a partnership of 133 for the 5th wicket.
Nick Jewell survived a late LBW shout with the 2nd ball by James Pattinson before the rain arrived again to finsh play some 15 overs early.

Play will resume at 11am tomorrow.
Kookaburra Premier 1sts Final
At University Main Oval
M Chasemore (FP) won the toss and batted.
   Frankston Peninsula 1st Innings
   R DAMIANO lbw b D Pattinson               47
   C DEW c Nanopoulos b J Pattinson        11
   B CLEMENTS c Butterfield b Siddle          2
   M CHASEMORE c & b D Pattinson           2
   N JEWELL c Quirk b Siddle                       63
   L WALKER c P Sweeney b Siddle             71
   J MILLER c Quirk b J Pattinson                  3
   D NANKERVIS lbw b Siddle                       0
   J HOLLAND c Thomas b J Pattinson        2
   S BOLAND c P Sweeney b Siddle             1
   D GROVES not out                                      1
     Sundries                                                   21
     Total                                                        224
   Fall: 35, 44, 53, 77, 210, 220, 220, 222, 223, 224.
   Bowling: J Pattinson 19-7-49-3, J Butterfield
10-3-37-0, P Siddle 22.1-6-52-5, D Pattinson 14-6-30-2,
B Fairbanks 11-2-30-0, J Nanopoulos 8-6-3-0,
D Dempsey 9-5-13-0.
   Batting Time: 362 mins. Overs: 93.1.
   Dandenong 1st Innings
   N THOMAS c Clements b Groves                 0
   T DONNELL lbw b Miller                              83
   P SWEENEY c Damiano b Boland               11
   D DEMPSEY c Groves b Holland                 17
   J NANOPOULOS c Chasemore b Holland    3
   J PATTINSON not out                                   59
   P SIDDLE c Nankervis b Miller                       0
   D PATTINSON b Miller                                    0
   D QUIRK b Miller                                             2
   B FAIRBANKS c Groves b Miller                  24
   J BUTTERFIELD c Groves b Miller               13
     Sundries                                                       14
     Total                                                           226
   Fall: 0, 17, 55, 94, 150, 150, 150, 154, 194, 226.
   Bowling: D Groves 20-7-29-1, J Miller 24.5-4-54-6,
S Boland 19-7-39-1, J Holland 24-5-65-2,
M Chasemore 9-2-25-0.
   Batting Time: 377 mins. Overs: 96.5.
   Frankston Peninsula 2nd Innings
   R DAMIANO c Donnell b Siddle                  27
   C DEW run out                                              19
   B CLEMENTS c Butterfield b D Pattinson   8
   J MILLER c Quirk b Butterfield                    15
   N JEWELL c Nanopoulos b Butterfield         2
   M CHASEMORE not out                              46
   L WALKER c Siddle b Butterfield                   3
   D NANKERVIS run out                                     3
   J HOLLAND run out                                         5
     Sundries                                                        10
     Eight wickets (dec) for                              138
   Fall: 38, 60, 60, 70, 87, 107, 117, 138.
   Bowling: P Siddle 8-2-18-1, J Pattinson 4-0-22-0, D Pattinson 8-1-42-1, J Butterfield 6-0-36-3,
J Nanopoulos 2-0-13-0.
   Batting Time: 123 mins. Overs: 28.
   Dandenong 2nd Innings
   T DONNELL c Chasemore b Boland            50
   N THOMAS c Nankervis b Miller                   1
   P SWEENEY lbw b Miller                                 1
   D DEMPSEY lbw b Groves                            15
   J NANOPOULOS b Holland                             7
   J PATTINSON st Nankervis b Groves          16
  P SIDDLE c & b Holland                                   2
   D PATTINSON not out                                   21
   D QUIRK lbw b Groves                                    2
   B FAIRBANKS b Groves                                   0
   J BUTTERFIELD not out                                   0
     Sundries                                                        10
     Nine wickets for                                        125
   Fall: 7, 12, 54, 69, 89, 92, 112, 118, 118.
   Bowling: J Miller 12-2-31-2, D Groves 15-5-31-4,
S Boland 12-4-24-1, M Chasemore 2-1-5-0,
J Holland 15-4-24-2.
   Batting Time: 203 mins. Overs: 57.
   Dandenong won on 1st innings.
   John Scholes Medallist: James Pattinson (Dand)
   Umpires: J Ward & T Ward