Around the grounds



Western United will once again bring elite men’s and women’s soccer to Tasmania, touring the Apple Isle for the fourth time in the A-League. John Aloisi’s men’s side will face Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday, January 27 and Sydney FC on Saturday, February 3. The women’s squad will also be in Tasmania on the first Saturday of February as Kat Smith leads her side into a first-ever showdown against Central Coast Mariners.


Caroline Springs suffered a loss in its first game of the Victorian Turf Cricket Association T20 competition. The Falcons were bowled out of 98 on the final ball of the innings. Shiran Rajakaruna top scored with 33 Priyank Chohan took 3-13 for PEGS It was an easy run chase, with PEGS finishing 1-102. Caroline Springs still has to face Sunbury in the remaining pool game. A win would secure Sunbury a finals spot, while a Falcons win means top spot would be decided by percentage.


Taylors Lakes started its Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association T20 campaign with a win against Melton on Tuesday. After the opening round was washed out, Taylors Lakes won a thriller against Melton. Taylors Lakes made 9-122 from its overs with Aamir Raza top scoring with 29. Rhys Berry took three wickets for Melton. Melton fell just short, finishing 8-115. Conrad Farrugia top scored with 43.


Darley failed to get out of the first round of the Ballarat Cricket Association T20 Cup finals, losing on Tuesday night. After travelling to Russell Square to take on East Ballarat for the final, Darley lost the toss and was sent to the field. East Ballarat made the most of the decision to bat first piling on 8-233 from the 20 overs. Darley was unable to get anywhere near the total set, lasting just 17.3 overs, being bowled out for 104. Bacchus Marsh is through to the semi-final after beating Delacombe by 90 runs.