Ringwood have taken out the Bartercard Victorian Premier League cricket title with a resounding win over Monash Tigers at the Junction Oval. The Rams dismissed the Tigers for 184 early on the third day some 167 runs short of the Rams total of 351.
Rams all-rounder, Ian Holland (above), was awarded the John Scholes Medal for man-of-the-match honours scoring 109 with the bat and backing that up with 5-42 with the ball. It is only the second time in the competition’s history a player has scored a century and taken five wickets in a season decider; The other being Sam Loxton for Prahran in 1954-55.
Monash Tigers have secured a grand final berth in the Bartercard Victorian Premier League after defeating the more fancied Melbourne in their semi-final at Princess Park number one oval. The Tigers routed Melbourne for just 125 and in reply were 3-209 at stumps on day one when both captains called an end to the match.
Demons skipper Andrew Kent won the toss and elected to bat on a firm wicket with some grass cover. Conditions were perfect for cricket and early on it appeared the Melbourne batsmen would take full advantage of those conditions.