VIC super slam cricket in full swing

Bowler Justin Kramersh in action. Photo: Diggle Photography

THE newly-launched VIC Super Slam is in full swing and the T20 Premier Cricket competition features a strong Jewish contingent, headlined by former national representative Julien Wiener who has the coaching reins at Prahran.

Playing under Wiener at the True Blues is former Sydneysider Shaun Miller and keeper/batsman Jacob Serry.

Prahran opener Rowan Bricker has joined good friend Justin Kramersh at Kingston Hawthorn Hawks, while explosive batsman Nat Vardi has remained with Fitzroy Doncaster Lions.

Bricker, who has called Prahran home for the past eight years told The AJN, “Obviously with Clinton (his brother) and Justin playing there (at Kingston Hawthorn) it was the link and they offered me a great opportunity”.

Cricket Victoria has divided 18 Premier clubs into Renegades and Stars conferences, based on an East/West geographic split across Melbourne and the inaugural state T20 tournament has attracted short format specialists such as Melbourne Stars quartet Glenn Maxwell, Nic Maddinson, Ben Dunk and Evan Gulbis along with over 40 Big Bash (BBL) and state contracted players, and a host of internationals.

The tournament kicked off last weekend and runs throughout the summer, with the seven home and away rounds fixtured for Sundays and midweek twilight games, before the semi-finals on January 20 and Grand Slam final a week later.

The Super Slam acts as a second tier state tournament to the Big Bash League and a pathway for prospective players to stake their claim for higher honours.

Both Bricker and Kramersh spoke highly of the quality of competition, with the latter stating, “I’m very fortunate to be playing against international, state and BBL players and see first hand the skills required to play at the elite level”.

The carrot for clubs is the Grand Slam final on the hallowed MCG, a $20,000 prize cheque and a ticket to Adelaide for the National T20 Premier final, which will bring together the top 10 teams from around Australia.

Wiener’s True Blues won their opening game against the Dandenong Panthers with Serry guiding his side home with a quick-fire and unbeaten knock of 23 from just 13 balls, while he proved important with the gloves too, claiming two catches and a stumping.

The next round begins on December 4, visit superslam.com.au for more info.

AARON FETTER