Maxwell returns with a bang
Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has returned to Premier Cricket in style with a dynamic hundred for Fitzroy-Doncaster at the weekend.
Coming off a two month lay-off after suffering a grade two PCL tear playing for the Melbourne Renegades in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, Maxwell showed no signs of losing any of his big hitting ability as he smashed the Essendon attack to all parts on his way to 108 from 76 deliveries.
"Conditions weren't great for batting but I just focused on playing my natural game," Maxwell said.
The 23-year-old hasn't missed a beat coming back from injury, scoring a second innings half-century last week as captain of Victoria's Futures League side against South Australia to help the visitors capture a reverse outright win in Adelaide.
"I was lucky enough to play and get some runs last week and that gave me a lot of confidence coming back," Maxwell said.
The 23-year-old says he feels "no pain" when bowling, which will buoy Victorian selectors as they look to select a team to take all eight points against Western Australia in order to remain any chance to make the Bupa Sheffield Shield final.
"It's always a great honour to represent Victoria and it would be great to come straight back and be rewarded for the hard work that you put in," Maxwell said.
"Hopefully we can take maximum points from the remaining two games and get through to the final."
In other Premier Cricket action, Bushrangers Peter Siddle and James Pattinson gave Ringwood's Russel Lucas Oval an international feel as they turned out for Dandenong.
Siddle went wicket less from his 15 overs, however, it was his work with bat in hand that rescued the Panthers.
Dandenong slumped to 7-84 before Siddle (71) combined with Ben Hocking (42) for a 95-run eighth wicket stand.
Pattinson followed his successful return in the Futures League last week with another match under his belt following a foot complaint, taking 1-23 from his six overs, while rookie-listed opening batsman Brett Forsyth snared 1-14 from five.
Meanwhile, Bushrangers trio Cameron White, Ryan Carters and Will Sheridan helped Richmond to a comfortable seven wicket win over Frankston Peninsula.
Left-arm quick Sheridan destroyed the Frankston middle order taking 5-20 from 12 overs leaving just 203 needed for victory.
The Tigers' run chase was never in doubt as White (55 not-out) and Carters (54 not-out) finished unbeaten.
Having been dismissed for a second ball in duck against Geelong, Prahran all-rounder Daniel Salpietro made amends for the True Blues in the second dig with a 107-ball 84 that included 15 boundaries.
Fellow Bushranger Alex Keath was just as instrumental for Melbourne, clipping 65 from 75 balls to help the Demons to a six-wicket victory against Casey-South Melbourne.
Keath also returned figures of 1-32 and 1-25 with the ball, as well as an unbeaten 23 to round out the match.
The Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers will travel to the WACA to take on Western Australia in their penultimate Bupa Sheffield Shield clash of the season starting Thursday, March 1.