2021/22 Men’s Premier Cricket wrap: Kingston Hawthorn

WITH the Victorian Men’s Premier Cricket competition wrapped after an entertaining 2021/22 campaign, it’s time to reflect on the season that was. Each side had a different journey over the last few months, so we take a look at how each side fared over the past six months.

It was not quite the season Kingston Hawthorn would have liked in the Victorian Men’s Premier Cricket competition. Season 2021/22 saw the Hawks finish at the bottom of the ladder with just two wins next to their name at the conclusion of the home and away fixture. They looked a step below their peers, and it showed in a number of their outings. The Hawks could not get any momentum rolling, and will be now looking towards next season in terms of improvement.

After dropping their first two games, the Hawks got on the board in Round 4 in an incredibly impressive performance at home. It was one of their best outings with bat in hand, as they racked up 243 runs, which guided them to victory. One of their biggest issues throughout the season was an inability to produce match-winning scores, but their showing here gave them a bit of promise. While they could not deliver the same output on a weekly basis, the Hawks were able to top it with a terrific showing later in the season.

Best Win

While there were not too many to pick from here, it was an obvious choice, with the standout game coming in the form of a Round 10 triumph over Ringwood. Despite Ringwood batting first and setting a terrific total of 261 runs from its time at the crease, Kingston Hawthorn was able to storm home in the nick of time. Behind a ton from skipper Shorye Chopra, the Hawks were able to perform with bat in hand in the second innings, in what was a stunning run-chase, far and away their best of their 2021/22 campaign.


While Chopra’s average of 32 runs a game was certainly impressive, it is hard to go past Jade Christensen, whose bowling was consistent throughout the season. The paceman was excellent in a number of outings for the Hawks, with a best of 4/30 for the season. He was able to provide a good mix of aggressiveness and economy, conceding an average of four runs a game, while still peppering the wicket in an attacking manner. Despite his side being on the back foot for a lot of the season, Christensen was able to provide highlights with his ability to draw an edge with ruthless line and length. He can be proud of his efforts, finishing on 24 wickets for the season which was a team-high for their fixture.

Next season

The Hawks have a number of areas of improvement heading into the 2022/23 season. A more consistent output with bat in hand is number one, but they showed glimpses throughout a few matches, and will be looking to build on these. A bit more economy when bowling wouldn’t hurt either, but if they can take plenty out of their two wins, then the Hawks will have the blueprint for their path into next season.

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