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Associations ready for Battle of Bayside
Date of Event : Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:33PM
The below article is from Leader Newspapers (Paul Amy)

Cricket Southern Bayside and the South East Cricket Association are working towards an “integration’’ of their administrations.

But an on-field rivalry between the competitions will start on Sunday, February 17 when their representative teams meet in what’s being called the “Battle of Bayside’’.

It will be played on a turf pitch at Parkdale’s Gerry Green Reserve, perhaps giving an advantage to CSB given that SECA uses hard wickets.

Still, SECA is confident of a good showing, with selector Nick McMillan saying it would field its strongest possible team.

Association stalwarts Mark Deveraux and Darian Kuzma have been named co-captains.

The SECA side also features Bentleigh ANA’s former WA batsman Clint Tomlinson, who has cracked four centuries and 798 runs this season and is attracting interest from Premier and Sub-District clubs.

“We started (the selection process) with last season’s Longmuir Shield team of the year and worked through the players that left the competition and the players that came in,’’ McMillan said. “Some are in good form, some are not. We started with 20 players and we got the co-captains and two other selectors, Mark Missen and Mark Rainey, involved and now we have a squad of 15.

“We’re happy with it. We bat pretty deep and we’ve got some solid all-rounders. I don’t think we could be much stronger, put it that way.’’

McMillan said it was pleasing that most of the 15 had come through the SECA juniors.

He said SECA was expecting strong opposition from CSB, which will be captained by Bentleigh batsman Rob Ciccarella.

Former Casey South Melbourne captain-coach and English firstclass player Chris Hall, ex-Prahran skipper Sam Coates and former St Kilda fast bowler Dan Mueller are notable selections.

CSB operations manager Darren Anderson said SECA had to be respected. I’d be expecting a pretty hotly contested game,’’ he said.

“We know how good it is as a competition. I think it’s a bit of misconception that the standard’s a bit lower because they play on synthetic wickets.

“Any top grade of cricket has great players.’’

What’s up for grabs? Silverware from Kingston Trophies, regional bragging rights and, allegedly, a case of beer in a sly bet between McMillan and Anderson.

The Battle for Bayside will be played each season, alternating on turf and synthetic wickets.

Sunday’s match will start at 12.30pm.

Meanwhile Cricket Southern Bayside has also organised a women’s representative match against North Metro on Friday, February 22 at Ruthven Reserve in Preston.

SECA squad

Stuart Bell (Brighton Union), Trent Cody (Bentleigh Uniting), Stuart Clark (Elwood), Leigh Dawkins (Omega), M Deveraux (East Sandringham, co-captain), Oshan De Silva (Le Page Park), Rob De Haan (Elwood), Vikrant Dabra (Carnegie South), Stuart Gara (Brighton Union), Nick Huttley (West Bentleigh), Darian Kuzma (Brighton Union, co-captain), Guy Martyn (East Sandringham), Matt Oaten (Washington Park), Clint Tomlinson (Bentleigh ANA), Tim Scott (Bentleigh ANA).

CSB squad

Rob Ciccarella (Bentleigh, captain), Sam Coates (Beaumaris), Chris Hall (Beaumaris), Dan Mueller (Bonbeach), Vinay Tripathi (Carnegie), Daniel Forbes (Hampton), Rohan Best (McKinnon), Simon Cormie (Mentone), Darcy Brown (Old Mentonians), Tim Dale (Port Melbourne), Kanishka Alvitigala (South Caulfield), Jonno Curtis (South Caulfield).

CSB Women’s team

Nicky Ncube (Aspendale), Lauren Field (Aspendale), Trish Jeffery (Bentleigh), Caitlin Sexton (Bentleigh), Penny Callaghan (Carnegie), Heidi Skillen (Carnegie), Jess Linnell (Cluden), Paige Hinrichs (Cluden), Claire Arbuthnot (East Malvern Tooronga), Rachel Fidock (East Malvern Tooronga), Nat Pribil (Parkdale), Sascha Pribil (Parkdale), Rhiannin Bretherton (Omega), Jordon Cooper (Omega), Cindy Asselman (Richmond City), Sarah Delbosc (Richmond City), Sarah Elliott (coach).

Last updated: Tuesday February 12, 2019 3:38PM

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