Tigers’ Chalkley determined to cash in on starts in QEO match

BACK ON HOME SOIL: Bendigo's Andrew Chalkley will be part of the Monash Tigers' team that plays Northcote in Saturday's day-night Premier Cricket match at the QEO from 2pm.

BACK ON HOME SOIL: Bendigo's Andrew Chalkley will be part of the Monash Tigers' team that plays Northcote in Saturday's day-night Premier Cricket match at the QEO from 2pm.

MONASH Tigers’ No.3 batsman Andrew Chalkley will be aiming to turn what has been a season of starts so far into a big score in Saturday’s Premier Cricket match at the QEO.

Chalkley – a dual Strathdale-Maristians’ premiership player – returns to Bendigo to play for the Tigers against Northcote in a day-night match from 2pm.

Chalkley has been elevated to No.3 in the Tigers’ line-up this season and in his first five hits has made scores of 37, 4, 20, 42 and 12 for a tally of 115 runs.

“It has been a big challenge as I’ve never been a top-order player, other than in Twenty20, but I need to start making the most of the starts I’ve been getting,” Chalkley said on Friday.

A young Andrew Chalkley in his Strathdale-Maristians days.

A young Andrew Chalkley in his Strathdale-Maristians days.

“I’ve been doing the hard work and then just gifting my wicket away, so I need to do something about that starting this week.

“I’ve been learning something new each time I’ve batted, so that has been a positive, and I’ve been hitting the ball well, so it’s a matter now of being able to go on with it.”

Chalkley also has an added incentive for a big score in Bendigo as he is raising money with every run he makes this season for Lend a Hand To Hugo, which supports Autism.

“My brother (Joe) has Autism and I got in touch with Lend a Hand To Hugo and said I’d love to get involved and be a part of it,” Chalkley said.

Andrew Chalkley batting for Strathdale-Maristians in 2010.

Andrew Chalkley batting for Strathdale-Maristians in 2010.

“I’ve had plenty of fantastic support and it’s now $6 per run that is going to be donated, so that’s obviously another incentive to stop throwing my wicket away.”

Both Northcote and the Monash Tigers head into Saturday’s round six match with 2-3 records.

As well as Chalkley, the Tigers’ side also includes captain Daniel Sartori, Dom Matarazzo and Sam Taylor, who have all played as marquee BDCA Twenty20 players in recent seasons.

• TEAMS:

Northcote – Steven Taylor (c), Michael Edwards, Joel Hamilton, Lindsay Hassett, Sam Harbinson, Jack Lalor, Joshua Sundberg, Blayde Baker, Grant Waldron, Aaron Crispe, Christopher Campbell.

Monash Tigers – Daniel Sartori (c), Adam Amin, Andrew Chalkley, Dom Matarazzo, Sam Taylor, Scott Edwards, Sam Mills, Marcus Berryman, Lachlan Fitzpatrick, Triyan De Silva, Sean Griffin.

• Ladder – Ringwood (23), Dandenong (19), St Kilda (19), Footscray (18), Fitzroy-Doncaster (14), Carlton (14), Melbourne Uni (12), Prahran (12), Geelong (10), Essendon (10), Campberwell Magpies (10), MONASH TIGERS (10), Melbourne (9), NORTHCOTE (9), Frankston Peninsula (9), Greenvale Kangaroos (5), Kingston Hawthorn (4), Casey-South Melbourne (0).