South Division 2011/12

YouBeauty

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Surely OMs and Parky can chase down 160 and 150 respectively? OMs are not getting enough credit here, any side with Tolley + Woite + Seeary as batting depth is pretty strong, plus the depth players like Fisher, Russo etc. And Parky are surely good enough to beat Hampton, who rely on one player. Ferguson to get a big one against his old team.
If Chelsea get Tolley early (which they may have already done?), then it could make for a very interesting match. Old Mentonians are 7th for total runs on the ladder.

And even if Parkdale and Chelsea both win, Chelsea could still jump them in the 4.

Will be a very tight squeeze in the 4 either way!
 
How ironic would it be for Chelsea, to play off in First Xi finals when they have to forfeit their 2nds? Imagine if they won the flag, and the 2s would have to travel to Yarraville, Hoppers & Airport West, or play the traditionally strong McKinnon, Beauy & Bentleigh sides?

I wonder if the poster a few pages earlier still thinks their 2s players get paid? Did they think theyd spend their own cash down at the pub rather than accept $ for an outright loss vs Old Mentonians?
 

TheScorer

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If Chelsea get Tolley early (which they may have already done?), then it could make for a very interesting match. Old Mentonians are 7th for total runs on the ladder.

And even if Parkdale and Chelsea both win, Chelsea could still jump them in the 4.

Will be a very tight squeeze in the 4 either way!
Tolley has batted at No. 3 in every game so far (apart from the T20s) so it's unlikely he is the man out. Although he is their best bat, he's barely made 300 for the season, and OMs have only three names in the top 40 run scorers for the grade. It will be a battle for them, I think, as it will be for Parkdale with Galloway and Walling out.

Agree totally with southern sledge. I have a memory from long ago that East Brighton (as they then were) won two flags in South A, from where they would have gone into Senior Division, but the then VJCA did not promote them. At the time I guessed the ground was a factor, as it should still be now.
 

Don'tBowlThere

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Think the best four teams have made the semi’s.

Port are clearly very reliant on their top order bat who’s been in blistering form. Get him early and it’s game on. Parkdale are as good as anyone on their day and have a number of blokes capable of making big scores. Port’s bowling is just solid. You’ve gotta go with the form side in Port but wouldn’t rule out an upset here.

OM’s and BD should be a good one too. BD’s batting looks stronger and if OM’s opening bowler can’t break through the top order they will struggle to get up. Both sides have come good in the second half of the year and it’s hard to pick a winner here. I’ll go with OM's on home ground advantage and winning finals experience.
 

TheScorer

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Agree.

Interesting to do the head-to-head for the top four teams:
OM beat Parkdale, beat PM, drew Brighton
PM beat Parkdale, beat Brighton, loss OM
Brighton beat Parkdale, loss Port, drew OM
Parkdale lost to all three.

Based on that, I also think that the top two are clearly the better teams, and should play off for the flag.

However ... cricket's a funny game. (Somebody said that once!)
 

Top Shelf

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I would think Brighton at their best would not beat OM. They are playing away on a road at OM not on their uggly paddock.
Prediction is the two fav's OM and Port both to win semi's easily and play off in the GF.
 

redefine

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I would think Brighton at their best would not beat OM. They are playing away on a road at OM not on their uggly paddock.
Prediction is the two fav's OM and Port both to win semi's easily and play off in the GF.
Firstly let me declare my bias I play for parky just not in the 1s...

Yes on paper port would win but they are notorious for failing with the bat in finals and parkdales bowling is definitely there strength so you have to give them a chance.
 

Top Shelf

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I agree. Port have looked the goods for a few years now but just failed with the bat in finals.
'Boomboom' did mention something that just makes Parkdale impossible to pick.
Loss to OM by over 150, Loss to Port, Loss to BD outright, Loss to Chelsea.
Thats ordinary form leading into a final.
I also think OM way too strong for BD. BD were all out for 109 against OM but drew in a washout, no rain would have been a easy win to the OM boys! Top two sides do look way stronger then the rest in the South comp this year.
 
What a debacle last Saturday was with the weather, interesting to see Brighton union players driving from ground to ground to see if games were on, apparently were told by a certain Chelsea player to F#%k off!
 

Qball

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What a debacle last Saturday was with the weather, interesting to see Brighton union players driving from ground to ground to see if games were on, apparently were told by a certain Chelsea player to F#%k off!
Ooo pick me puck me... Was it Chapple... Again! What a flog
 

Ondrive

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Port and Old Mentonions have been the best 2 teams all season so its hard to go against them. I;d be backing Port to finally break through this year unless they have to bat on a sticky again like last season. Although Port lost by around 20 runs last time against Old Mentonions it only got 15 runs between Daykin & Khawaja which I think will change next meeting. But plenty of good sides have been upset at this time of the year!!
 

TheScorer

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Brighton fell over for 61 - although there seemed to be lots of grumblings over some decisions. OM's have only just taken the first innings lead, so another slow day at Keysborough. This used to be a high-scoring ground...

Meanwhile the much vaunted (!) Parkdale attack managed to restrict Port to just 260. I reckon that's too many for the Parkdale boys, so it will be a Port-OM final, as predicted by most.
 

southern sledge

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Tha
Brighton fell over for 61 - although there seemed to be lots of grumblings over some decisions. OM's have only just taken the first innings lead, so another slow day at Keysborough. This used to be a high-scoring ground...

Meanwhile the much vaunted (!) Parkdale attack managed to restrict Port to just 260. I reckon that's too many for the Parkdale boys, so it will be a Port-OM final, as predicted by most.
Thats the attack, that was supposed to be a Senior Division one !
 
Saw a bit of the Port v Parkdale match, Khawaja looked impressive but the outfield was pretty quick so from the position they were in I'd say Port would be disapointed with 260 and Parkdale still have a sniff.
 

TheScorer

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I saw a bit of the Port-Parkdale match today too. Not too much, as Parkdale were 6/65 when I arrived. I only hung around to see how many Galloway would make - he was out for 60 when the score was 85, very much a lone hand.

Just out of interest I see that Port played Parkdale in the seconds too, where Port's 89 was enough to win. In South C2 Parkdale 3rds lost by 100. A very sad weekend for Parkdale, with their three teams losing the semi-final, and making just 105, 87 and 61 respectively. A fantastic effort to get the three teams there, but a very disappointing end.

Port vs OM in the final.
 

homebrew

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Saw a bit of the Port v Parkdale match, Khawaja looked impressive but the outfield was pretty quick so from the position they were in I'd say Port would be disapointed with 260 and Parkdale still have a sniff.
Never in the game. 260 at Port against their stingy attack was always going to be way too much. From what i saw, Port's batting depth is very strong. Making 260 with only 32 from their main man. They do score very quickly. OM must get off to a tight start and get some early wickets, because i think they will really struggle to make 200+ against them, going by their recent scores.
 
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