Winter-Irving flies Shepparton flag again in Premier Cricket

By Alex Mitchell

Hamish Winter-Irving and his Footscray teammates enjoyed the return of Victorian Premier Cricket, celebrating the new year with a thrashing of Kingston Hawthorn.

The Central Park-St Brendan’s product looked the goods with bat and ball, carting two boundaries in making 12 runs off six balls before producing a damaging 3-25 bowling.

Footscray firsts made 4-266, with the bowlers easily able to bank the points by bowling out Kingston for 138.

It was a rare win for Footscray, which is 15th on the 18-team ladder.

Katandra’s Daniel Sartori chipped in with a solid 28 for the Monash Tigers, with the skipper helping his side to a healthy 9-253.

The total proved enough, able to knock over Prahran for 199 in 45.3 overs.

Karramomus’ James Billington could only offer five runs for Prahran batting at first drop.

Moama marvel Todd Murphy had one of the leanest days of his amazing debut Premier Cricket season, with 0-50 coming off his 10 overs with the ball for St Kilda.

It allowed Casey-South Melbourne to make 9-235, a target Murphy’s 11 runs off 13 balls did not help achieve as the side fell 22 runs short.

In seconds action, former Tiger Brayden McGregor lit it up for Carlton with his maiden Premier Cricket century.

Batting at number three, McGregor made 121, helping the side make 7-265 and win by nearly 100 runs.

For Geelong, Tyler (39) and Josh Larkin (21) had some middle-order success, but their side’s 9-196 did not prove enough as Fitzroy Doncaster won with six wickets in hand.

In third division, Brayden Tracey made a speedy 35 to help Carlton make 6-268, a total that had it beat Dandenong by 47 runs.

Old Students’ Connor Hangan made his fourth grade debut for Carlton, picking up 2-59 as the side lost by 26 runs.