Welcome to this week's round up, as we near the end of this year's action down under.

A number of regulars in the round-up have made their way to the Wolves series against Namibia, and some others had no games last weekend, so there's not as much to report on this week.

Kim Garth and Celeste Raack continue to show form with Dandenong, as they shaded their encounter with Box Hill by 8 runs on Sunday (16th February). Dandenong were dismissed for 248 in 49.5 overs, Garth scoring 49(54) and Raack 6(22).
In reply, their opponents managed 240, dismissed with 5 balls to spare, Garth taking 3-42 in her 10 overs (and taking a catch) and Raack 1-45 in her 10 (and 2 catches) as the Irish contingent proved important in a closely fought game.

Another pair of Irishwomen proved important for South Perth in their 9-wicket win over Subiaco Floreat. Lara Maritz opened the bowling and took a 4-15 in her 9 overs as they dismissed their opponents for 59 runs, and then Rachel Delany opened the batting, and top scored with an unbeaten 29*(44) as South Perth ran out comfortable winners.

Una Raymond-Hoey had less luck, going for a duck as her Ringwood side lost a low-scoring encounter with Plenty Valley.

Among the men, very little to report. Graham Kennedy's Hannan's side losing by 10 wickets to Great Boulder, Kennedy scoring 7(12) and going for 24 runs in his 3 overs.

And finally, I've not been covering Nick Larkin this year as it had seemed that he was no longer considering himself as Irish, for the purposes of cricketing matters at least.
However, there have been a couple of reports in the last week or so that suggest he is considering declaring for us in advance of the World T20s.
I've no idea if this is true, or if it's connected with contract negotiations with Australian authorities, however I thought I'd have a quick look at how he's done this season's top level tournaments down under.

In the Sheffield Shield he has lined out with New South Wales and scored 322 runs (19th best) at an average of 35.77. This is impressive in what is arguably the toughest domestic FC tournament.
However, it's in the T20 format that Larkin has perhaps surprised people the most. There are 8 sides in the Big Bash, with NSW splitting into two franchises, the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder.

However, Larkin, rather than line out with his FC team-mates, has been drafted into the Melbourne Stars, and has shone in what had previously been seen as one of his weaker formats. In 14 games, he hit 297 runs at an average of 37.12, SR 137, as they won the coveted Big Bash League.
It's perhaps this form more than anything that makes him look a realistic switch to the Irish team.

It remains to be seen if this will be enough to see him and CI come to an agreement on his return - as we know cash is not plentiful at the moment - but he would clearly be a very useful addition to the squad, across multiple formats, and if we have Tests next year, he would be one of the few team members with more than a couple of FC games in the previous year.
He turns 30 this Spring, and so he may see this as the time to make a big decision in this regard.

Anyways, that's all for this week. As ever, I am grateful for any updates or corrections via Twitter, @dotski_w