HAWTHORN-Monash University made a fighting start to the Premier Cricket season but fell short against Frankston Peninsula at AH Butler Oval, Frankston on Saturday.
The Hawks were unable to chase down the Heat's total of 8-231 but still posted one of the better scores in the round making 9-192 batting through their full 50 overs.
In the Heat's innings, captain Matt Chasemore (82) and fellow batsman Chris Dew put on 109 for the third wicket to set up their side's imposing total.
The Heat also got an impressive cameo from 15-year-old debutante Will Chowder, who made 18 off 13 balls, smacking a four and a six.
Hawks spinner Vinay Tripathi took 2-39 from nine overs and Javid Khan took 2-48. Tom Collet, Grant Westgarth and Simon Black nabbed a wicket each.
In the Hawks' innings, captain David Alleyne led the way with 47 from 59 balls while Liam Tonkin made 24 and Tripathi 21.
Tenth-wicket pair Collett and Daniel Rogers stuck together in the final overs for an unbeaten 22-run stand.
In the Victorian Sub District Cricket Association, play was called off on Saturday with next week's matches now one-day games.
Mt Waverley will host Box Hill at Warrawee Oval and Mt Waverley will play Noble Park at Pat Wright Senior Oval, with the match to start at 12.30pm.
The Hawks play their opening home game of the Premier Cricket season — a one-day clash against North Melbourne at Monash University from 11am this Saturday.