Bendigo cricketers make strong start

Bendigo cricketers have made a promising start to the new Victorian Premier Cricket season in Melbourne.

10 Bendigo District Cricket Association products played in first XI and second XI action in round one.

Former Bendigo opening batsman James Seymour and former Sandhurst duo Liam Bowe and Isaac Conway all had an impact for Essendon first XI in the Bombers’ win over the Greenvale Kangaroos.

Batting at number seven, Conway made a brisk 37 not out off 29 balls, including four fours and one six, to help lift the Bombers to 7-231 off 50 overs.

Seymour opened the batting for the Bombers and made 20 off 21 balls.

The Bombers bowled the Roos out for 136, with left-arm leg-spinner Bowe taking 1-41. Conway took three catches as  wicket-keeper.

Carlton opened its account, with a six-wicket win over St Kilda.

Victorian squad member Xavier Crone, from Strathfieldsaye, bowled well without luck for the Blues.

The paceman took the new ball and had figures of 0-17 off seven overs as St Kilda crumbled to be all out for 148.

Former White Hills keeper-batsman Brayden Stepien was at the crease for the Blues when the winning runs were hit.

Stepien made four not out and earlier in the day took one catch with the gloves.

Former Strathdale-Maristians batsman Andrew Chalkley made a solid start to the season with the bat.

The left-hander made 37 off 49 balls to help the Monash Tigers to an easy eight-wicket win over Kingston Hawthorn.

Former Huntly-North Epsom wicket-keeper-batsman Ryan Hartley helped Prahran to a final over win over Footscray.

Hartley took one catch in Footscray’s innings of 7-227. Prahran snuck home by two wickets with four balls to spare. Hartley batted at number eight and made eight off nine balls.

The Ryan cousins – James and Xavier – played in Essendon’s second XI loss to Greenvale Kangaroos.

James showed his class with the bat, making 54 off 80 balls, including seven fours and two sixes.

Xavier made his debut with the Bombers as a wicket-keeper/batsman. He made one with the bat and took one catch.

Former Bendigo United opening bowler Jack Bouwmeester played his first second XI game for Carlton.

The teenager claimed 2-30 off seven overs as the Blues went down to St Kilda by two wickets in a thriller.