Premier Cricket: Bush trek lucky for Hawks

HAWTHORN-Monash University got its first win of the Premier Cricket first XI season with a Twenty20 victory over Camberwell at Wangaratta on Saturday.

The Hawks made 129 against the Magpies with Rob Keogh making 67 before they bowled out their opponents for 73 with Grant Westgarth (3-6) and Daniel O'Shea (3-9) leading the way with the ball.

The Hawks now await the arrival of Sri Lankan superstar Lasith Malinga, who will play in the Hawks' bumper Twenty20 clash against Footscray-Edgewater at Monash University Oval this Sunday at 2.15pm.

With wins in all grades on Saturday, the Hawks players now look forward to lining up alongside Malinga when he plays on Sunday.

Hawks president Petar Ivetic said the Hawks were excited to have the Sri Lankan bowler wearing their colours and were just as excited to have notched a much-needed win.

"It was a fantastic result and the boys celebrated because it was well deserved," he said.

"The win was a long time coming. We have been very, very close in a few earlier matches this season.

"Some of those could have gone differently. We have been very competitive."

The Hawks lost their earlier Twenty20 game on Saturday to Richmond but again were close to a result, losing by 10 runs.

"We should have beaten Richmond as well," Ivetic said. "We were 3-98 and needed 42 from six overs, then collapsed."

With Malinga expected to draw plenty of supporters from around Melbourne, Ivetic urged fans to go early to the match to get a good viewing position and avoid any disappointment.

"Please get to the game early because we are expecting a big crowd," Ivetic said.

"We will have plenty of food and drink available and there will be other activities on around the university.

"I know our coach Keith Jansz and assistants, Saliya Ahangama and David Alleyne, along with the entire club, are looking forward to a great day of cricket - with, of course, the right result."

The Hawks also visit Shepley Oval to play another Twenty20 match against Dandenong this Saturday.

Richmond has set itself to make the Premier Cricket Twenty20 finals, winning its two opening matches on Saturday. It beat the Hawks and Camberwell at Wangaratta. The Tigers host Essendon for another T20 match at Central Reserve this Saturday at 2.30pm, then visit Casey-South Melbourne at Casey Fields on Sunday at 2.30pm.

The Hawks host a special Twenty20 match featuring Sri Lankan star Lasith Malinga this Sunday at Monash University Oval 1 at 2.15pm.

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