Goulburn Valley cricket export shines in match for Prahran

By Alex Mitchell

Former Old Students and Karramomus gun James Billington produced a ripping knock to lead his Prahran side to a famous win in Victorian Premier Cricket action.

Set 8-280 for victory against Fitzroy Doncaster, Billington entered his side’s chase at 1-25 and looked the goods from there, with his huge 83 the top score in a two-wicket win.

Batting with prodigy Will Sutherland, it was Billington who looked like the future Australian captain, with the duo adding 70 together before Sutherland fell and the Cricket Shepparton product went on with the job.

It was a big upset for Prahran, as the 13th-placed side knocked off the fourth-ranked Lions.

Central Park-St Brendan’s product Brayden McGregor continued a strong start to his time in first grade, smashing 64 for Carlton in a 100-run win against Melbourne.

It backed up a strong debut, McGregor with 96 runs in his first two digs at the higher level.

In an export derby, Daniel Sartori’s Monash Tigers side knocked off Todd Murphy’s St Kilda by 44 runs.

Katandra’s Sartori added 35 opening the batting for the Tigers, while Moama magician Murphy’s impact was limited, the starlet bowling just 2.2 overs before taking no further part.

Central Park’s Hamish Winter-Irving worked hard for Footscray, bowling 24 overs and taking 2-81.

But his side fell short of Frankston Peninsula’s 9-259 declared by 16 runs, with Winter-Irving making just five.

In seconds action, former Tiger Tyler Larkin carted bowlers all over the place, making an unbeaten 110 to carry Geelong to a first innings win against Casey-South Melbourne.

Karramomus’ Andrew Poppa raised the bat for Carlton’s thirds, with his 50 crucial in a 17-run win.

Tom Chalkley did the same for the club’s fourths, making an unbeaten 54 as they chased down Melbourne’s 9-156 with four wickets in hand.