By Glenn Davey
21 March 2017
An exciting week coming up for the club, following a tremendous Semi Final victory by the 2nd XI over Dandenong. The side now progresses to the Grand Final this weekend!
With the match being played close to home, it will be great to see a huge contingent of support in attendance to get the team over the line. Match details are:
2nd XI Semi Final Match Highlights: https://youtu.be/GjhNaoE7JWs
2nd XI Semi Final Photos: https://www.facebook.com/pg/frankpencc/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1269496239766606
2nd XI Semi Final Match Scores:
Frankston Peninsula 10/165 off 65.4 overs (Salerni 53 Waterfall 47 Wiese 17 Wheeler 10 Turner 4/45 P Sweeney 3/17) defeated Dandenong 10/106 off 63.4 overs (Stanton 24 Slater 15 Wood 6/38 Frith 1/6 Humphrey 1/12 Trueman 1/16 Boland 1/31 Salerni 5 catches) by 59 runs.
After being sent into bat first, FPCC got away to a flying start on their home pitch at Butler Oval, with Gordon Waterfall and Rob Salerni ticking the score over to be an excellent 2/113 at lunch. But this is where the complexion of the match changed, with FPCC losing 8/46 to be dismissed for an under par 10/165. With enough assistance in the pitch to keep our fast bowlers interested, the Heat attack bowled the entire innings with extreme patience and discipline. Dandenong had a no risk policy, and refused aggressive stroke play to carefully protect their wicket. The fast bowlers applied considerable pressure before stumps on Day 1, to take three crucial top order wickets by the close of play. Both sides carefully managed their way to lunch on Day 2, but regular wickets to the home side gave them the advantage. Too relieve the tension and stress levels of the supporters upstairs, Jake Wood bowled with pace and aggression to quickly wrap up the innings after lunch to dismiss Dandenong for 106, who ended up losing 8/45 following their bright start. With a deficit of 59 runs, Dandenong conceded defeat to send Frankston Peninsula into the big dance next weekend!
4th XI Semi Final Match Scores:
Monash Tigers 7 cc 265 off 90 overs (Williams 107* Pellin 42 Lavery 3/34 Hands 2/48 Gibbs 1/26 Davis 1/49) defeated Frankston Peninsula 10/130 off 49.1 overs (Dagys 30 Hands 29 Singh 18 Brown 17 Phillips 13 Draycott 10) by 135 runs.
The season of the 4th XI ended at Central Reserve, Glen Waverley after they came up against a very inform top team on their home ground. For the developing side to win a final and reach the final four is a fantastic effort, under the terrific leadership of Simon Draycott. In the semi final, FPCC started well with Jack Lavery claiming early wickets to have the home team struggling at 3/26 and 5/77. Some considerable middle order partnerships boosted the Monash total to 7/265 from their maximum allotted 90 overs. With only 75 overs remaining, the runs had to flow early to give FPCC a chance in the run chase. Alex Hands and Steve Dagys tried to push the run scoring, but regular wickets brought an end to the season.
Grand Final History:
Since joining Victorian Premier Cricket in 1993/94, Frankston Peninsula has won one 2nd XI Premiership in 1996/97 where they defeated St Kilda at the Junction Oval. FPCC has also won a 4th XI One Day premiership in 2011/12 where FPCC defeated Geelong at Butler Oval. Other Grand Final appearances for FPCC saw the 1st XI be runners up to St Kilda in 2002/03 and to Dandenong in 2010/11.
Led superbly by Peter Buchanan, the victorious 2nd XI team from 20 years ago also included Simon Dignan, Craig Entwistle, Darren Groves, Dean Harrop, Tony Horvat, Leon Kennedy, Jason Mathers, Bryce McGain, Stuart Peck, Craig Robinson, Chris Robson and Cameron Wallace. Some great cricketers in that side, who went on to have excellent careers!
The 2nd XI this year under the outstanding captaincy of Sam Wiese have the chance to join the team of 1996/97 in bringing home a flag for the Heat. Look forward to seeing you there at Casey Fields this weekend to support the team!