Premier Cricket: Maiden century saves North

North Melbourne hopes to end its Victorian Premier Cricket season in style after posting 269 against Carlton on day one of the final round. A win to North will end Carlton's season.

The Kangaroos started poorly and were 5/61 and 6/127 before Wyndham Vale import Trent Lawford came to the rescue, posting his maiden district century with 113 off just 85 balls. James Damjanovski (54) and Matthew Love (50) also added solid scores.

Nick Austin (5/42) and Tom Smyth (3/98) were the best for the Blues, who are 1/7 at stumps.

Lawford dismissed opener Trent McCormick leg before wicket on the first ball of Carlton's innings.

Melbourne University is precariously placed, finishing day one of its match against Essendon with 3/27, chasing 202.

Fawad Ahmed did most of the damage for the Students, taking 5/60 from 26.1 overs, sending down 10 maidens. Mark Stafford (3/41) and Greg Kennedy (2/39) were solid in support.

Ben Fletcher (7) and Will Shrute (1) are the not-out batsmen at the crease for University.

Northcote posted one of its best batting performances for the year against Geelong chasing its third win for the season which could see it move off the bottom of the ladder. Dragons opener Ben Peake fell nine runs short of a century. His 91 came off 241 balls over five hours of batting and anchored the innings.

Aidan March also scored 58 as Northcote was bowled out for 235 from 85 overs. Geelong was 0/5 at stumps.

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