The Second XI are the 2016/17 premiers after holding out Frankston Peninsula to win by 24 runs in a high-scoring contest at Casey Fields.
The Bombers lost the toss, were sent in to bat first and were soon in trouble as Frankston Peninsula’s chop-and-change bowling line-up had Essendon teetering on the edge of collapse at 3/28. The batting heroes were Nishal Perera (106) and Liam Molloy (82) who answered every question Frankston Peninsula had to ask of them. The pair’s brilliance saw Essendon push their total out to 8/272.
The defence came too close for comfort but the Bombers had a mainstay in Simon Crea, whose Herculean figures of 7/57 off 31 overs included the first five wickets to keep his side in touch. The dogged, relentless Bombers then burst through Frankston Peninsula’s lower order as the match hung in the balance with Connor Rutland taking two crucial wickets to finally wrest momentum back in Essendon’s favour. Crea trapped Billy Humphrey lbw to seal a staggering individual performance and a well-earned flag.