Cricket exports

By Alex Mitchell

Dandenong cricketer James Nanopoulos showed exactly the excitement he is hoping to bring to the Goulburn Valley Bush Bash League with a huge performance in last week's Victorian Super Slam competition.

Nanopoulos, who is a marquee signing for the Paul Newman-coached Hurley Hotel Hounds in the GVBBL, blasted 96 not out off 64 balls for the Panthers, as they won by 29 runs against Prahran.

He was squaring off against former Old Students and Karramomus talent James Billington, whose 40 off 30 balls including two sixes was not enough to get his side across the line.

Nanopoulos has 179 runs at 59.7 in the Super Slam this season.

Elsewhere, Geelong took a thrilling last-ball win against Melbourne University, with Central Park-St Brendan's’ Tyler Larkin and Karramomus’ Josh McDonald among the runs for the Cats.

Set 8-146 by University, captain McDonald opened the batting and made 19, while first-drop Larkin smacked 33 off 22 balls to give the side a solid platform.

Footscray also played a thriller, but lost to Essendon with a ball to spare, despite contributions from Katandra's Daniel Sartori (26) and Central Park's Hamish Winter-Irving (13 not out).

● Winter-Irving also had a small role to play in the weekend's Premier Cricket action, picking up the vital wicket of Aaron Ayre as Footscray claimed a 45-run win against Essendon.

He finished with 1-58 from 13 overs, while Sartori's 46 from day one remained one of the match's best knocks.

McDonald took two catches for his and Larkin's Geelong side against Northcote, but it was not enough to prevent a five-wicket loss.

In second division, a wonderful unbeaten century from former Tiger Josh Larkin steered Geelong to victory against Northcote.

Batting No. 3, Larkin looked the goods as his Geelong side chased down Northcote's 210 with five wickets in the shed, finishing with 105 not out.

It was the second century of Larkin's Premier Cricket career and took his season tally to 305 runs at 76.3.