Premier Cricket: Panthers keen to improve ranking

DANDENONG Panthers will be looking to move up within the Premier Cricket top eight when the season concludes this Saturday.

The eighth-placed Panthers inadvertently sealed a finals berth when rain forced all play to be abandoned on Saturday with all matches to become one-day games.

The reduction in the available points means ninth-placed Fitzroy-Doncaster can get a maximum of five points from the one-day game, making the Panthers’ eight-point margin unbridgeable.

A Panthers win and bonus point in their clash with North Melbourne at Shepley Oval could see the side rise to sixth place if Camberwell Magpies lose their final game.

The Panthers seconds could move into the top four with a win while the thirds are also in fifth place with the potential to rise. The Panthers fourths are in 11th position.

■ The Panthers celebrated their 140th anniversary last Wednesday with a special dinner a Shepley Oval.

The night celebrated a series of Panthers’ achievements this season and culminated in Australian Test bowler and proud Panther James Pattinson being honoured by the City of Greater Dandenong.

The Panthers firsts play North Melbourne at Shepley Oval this Saturday at 11am.