Bloods impress once again-By Nick Creely
Brodie Emmett on the drive during his half-century.
The reigning Dandenong District champions have had to wait, in what has felt like an eternity to get back on the field, but the Bears showed no signs it will slow down this season, and in fact fired a warning shot to its rivals after an impressive opening round victory against a quality Narre South side.
Both sides played finals last season, and both looked primed and ready to go for an early-season blockbuster.
But Matthew Chasemore’s well-drilled group were on song from the outset after the Lions won the toss and elected to bat at Strathaird Reserve on Saturday. …
It’s set to be a season like no other in the Dandenong District Cricket Association’s highly-regarded Turf 1 competition, and finally the on-field action begins on the weekend in a welcome relief to the cricket-loving community. DDCA reporter NICK CREELY takes a look at how the Turf 1 clubs are shaping up ahead of the 2020/21 season…
President: Andrew Moore
Coach: Brad James
Captain: Matthew Chasemore
Last Season: Premiers
Most Runs: Matthew Chasemore (635 runs at 57.73); Lachlan Brown (281 runs at 23.42)
Most Wickets: James Wilcock (35 wickets at 11.26); Ruwantha Kellepotha (27 wickets at 17)
In: Nathan Pilon (returning)
Out: Isaiah Jassal (Casey-South Melbourne)
Home Base: Arch Brown Reserve, Berwick
Turf 1 premierships: 7
Most recent premiership: 2019/20
First match: vs Narre South, 21 November, Arch Brown Reserve
It was a golden season for Matthew Chasemore’s side in 2019/20, and despite the season coming to an unfortunate end and preventing the club playing off in the grand final against Buckley Ridges, there’s no doubt that the Bears were the benchmark side all year and thoroughly deserved its Turf 1 flag after being awarded the crown by the DDCA. Champion cricketer Matt Chasemore was at his very best last season and will be looking to carry on with the momentum for the club, who will be well and truly hunting back-to-back Turf 1 flags for the first time. The combination of quick James Wilcock and spinner Ruwantha Kellepotha was incredibly dangerous, combining for 62 wickets last season, with the pair set to play another vital role for the Bears, while the batting group worked well around Chasemore all season. The highly destructive Nathan Pilon returns for a full season and in the one-day format will cause plenty of headaches with the Bears’ batting side featuring a great mix of experience and developing talent. With just the loss of one player, and to the Premier Cricket ranks, spots will be tight once again, which is sure to lift the standards of the club as a collective. …