Leah Paul made her debut in the Victoria Women’s Premier Firsts last  Sunday as opening bat, top scoring for her Ringwood side with 16 runs (and taking a catch) in their defeat to a stronger Essendon side.  A solid start for her in a match where many of her team-mates struggled.

Stuart Thompson seems to have enjoyed the start of his 1st Grade game against Mount Lawley, top scoring for Waneroo with an 84 that included 8 fours and two sixes.  They were dismissed for 280, and will hope to finish the job next Saturday.

Nathan Smith continued his game from last week in NSW 1st grade, unfortunately his performance with the ball this week didn’t match his 63* last Saturday, his 23 overs going for 0/66.

Harry Tector has had a busy week.  On Sunday, he played a T20 double header in the Poidevin-Grey Shield, scoring 24 against Sutherland and 25 against Eastern Suburbs.  And today, it's reported that he followed this up with 70 runs in 2nd Grade.

Since last Saturday’s report, James McCollum played a second game of the weekend last Sunday, when his Adelaide University side beat Northern Districts.  Unfortunately, he couldn’t match the 72 he’d got the previous day, and went for 6 runs on that occasion. In today’s game, against Glenelg, their opponents batted out the 96 overs available, ending the day on 283/9, and he will hope to put a big dent into that next week.

Andy McBrine’s Midland-Guildford side visited Rockingham-Mardurah in a first grade game today, which will conclude next weekend. So far, the hosts seem to have had the upper hand, ending the day on 8/318, with McBrine’s 29 overs going 0/66 (although he bowled 6 of the 8 maidens today, and took a catch).

Ross Allen had a great game in A Grade cricket today.  In his 4.3 overs against Jeeralang-Boolara, he took 4 wickets for only 4 runs, and batting at 3, his 10* helped his Centrals side chase down their 77-run target in just 17 overs. Aaron Gillespie was unable to repeat his heroics from last week, going for a duck today, his 3 overs with the ball going for 0/14 against St Patricks.

Eoghan Delaney and Fionn Hand were in the runs today for Preston, in their game against Ivanhoe, with 64* and 29 respectively.  In the second innings, Hand took was the only one of the 6 Preston bowlers to take a wicket, his 1/36 in 7 overs not enough to stop his side slipping to a 10 wicket defeat.

Opening batsman Niall McGovern continues (see below) to score runs with North Eltham, his 31 runs against Montemorecy being his 3rd 30+ score in 3 innings.  Michael Cotter also had a start in his game, but ended up on 12 runs for East Keilor in their game against Point Cook.
Diarmuid Burke’s recovery from his back problems looks well advanced, given his performance today.  The Transition Year student took 2-12 in his 6.3 overs, as his Scarborough side dismissed Melville in the first innings of their u15 John McGuire Shield shield game.

In South Africa, Shane Getkate’s Rondebosch side visited Brackenfell today.  In the first innings, he took 1 wicket for 30 runs in his 8 overs, and went for 3 runs in the second.  As we go to press, his side are struggling, 71/5 chasing 179.

As stated before, we’re very grateful to those who have contacted us to fill in the gaps we missed across the various websites and platforms that cover cricket down under.  Many thanks to Brian Allen, Brian O’Rourke, Alan Waite and Shane Getkate who provided us with the following information about games played before last week’s round-up.

Ross Allen continues in Melbourne playing Grade A cricket in the LaTrobe Valley & District Cricket League (LV&DCL) with Centrals Cricket Club.  His first game was a tied T20 - batting at 3 he scored 12 and had bowling figures of 0 for 9 off 4 overs. After his scheduled second game being washed out, his next club game was a 50 over game on Saturday past, which resulted in a Centrals victory. He scored 38 batting at 3 and had bowling figures of 3 for 14 off 8 overs.
He was also selected for the LV&DCL XI  v Sale Maffra League XI - he scored 24 again batting at 3 and had figures of 1 for 13 off 8.

Niall McGovern is playing for North Eltham Wanderers in the DVCA in Melbourne, not too far away from North County club mate Fionn Hand.  In their opening 2-day match he scored 30 in a losing effort. Things got better in round two however, as he scored 51 helping his team beat defending champions Riverside by 8 wickets.  Terenure’s Michael Cotter is playing at East Keilor in the Victorian Turf League who have won won their first two league games. Former Railway Union professional Charith Fernando also plays in this league.

Jonathan Waite and James Metcalfe are in New Zealand on exchange between RBAI and Tauranga Boys High, working in the school and playing club cricket at the weekend.  They lost by 7 wkts last weekend, playing for Outaedi Cadets v Greerton, however, Waite showed his class with the bat (95), and Metcalfe kept very well. This is a level below NZ Premier, apparently it is better than NCU section one but not as good as the better Premiership teams. Both hope to try and break into the Premier team.

So thanks for reading, apologies for anyone we’ve missed, and please don’t hesitate to contact me on twitter (@dotski_w) if you have any further information on our player’s exploits down under.