West takes on South
Saturday, 20th October, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
South and West will be looking to get off to a perfect start for their 2018/19 campaigns when they clash in today’s second T20 game at the Jubilee Oval.
Last time they met:
West 134 (R. Pavlich 33, L. King 30; M. Reavill 3-21, R. Kumar 3-24, S. Hall 2-13) defeated South 90 (M. Reavill 18, R. Kumar 18; P. Summers 3-13, M. Handberg 2-12, N. Waterhouse 2-23) by 44 runs.
Round 14 last season was the last time these two sides met with West recording a comfortable 44-run win.
The Robins posted 134 all out thanks to 33 by Rhys Pavlich and 30 to Liam King. South couldn’t really get going in their chase, eventually being bowled out for 90. Matt Reavill and Ricky Kumar were South’s best as they each scored 18 and took three wickets apiece.
B. Franklyn (c), S. Hall, R. Gillespie, J. Simpson, L. Hebbard, P. Nicholas, N. Gageler, T. Boland, N. Waterhouse, L. Peters, J. Harvey, RV. Kumar (12th)
South have a new look side for the opening round of 2018/19 captained by Ben Franklyn.
Senior players Sheldon Hall, Laurie Peters, Jason Harvey and Laurence Hebbard are joined by the likes of Nathan Gageler, Paul Nicholas and Tyson Boland who return to A Grade.
Ryan Gillespie and Jack Simpson makes their club and A Grade debuts while Nathan Waterhouse, who led the wicket-takers list last season at West, makes his first appearance in the red and white.
M. Everuss (c), J. Meehan, P. Summers, L. Harvey, L. Kaye, C. Stenhouse, N. Schofield, M. Adams, T. Burke, A. Ferguson, R. Lawn, C. Ferguson (12th)
Max Everuss leads a very young West side today that includes the likes of Lachlan Kaye, Colby Stenhouse, Tom Burke and Nick Schofield.
Jordan Meehan and Lachie Harvey, along with Everuss, will shoulder much of the batting responsibility. Phil Summers, who found form late last season with the ball, is also in the side.
Paul Nicholas - South
Nicholas made just the one A Grade appearance last season, making an important 17 in South’s only win in round 10 against North, but his B Grade form was outstanding. He scored 250 runs at an average of 41 with a top score of 93.
His renewed motivation to play senior cricket can only be a positive for South whose batting woes have been well documented. If Nicholas can replicate his B Grade form from the past couple seasons then it will go a long way to the Roos being more competitive.
Max Everuss - West
Everuss scored 252 runs last season but struggled to cash in on his many starts. Six times he was out for a score between 10 and 23 with his other scores being 35, 49 and a top score of 54 versus Central.
With such a young side on the field today it’s imperative that Everuss bats for a long time and goes big. He has a great technique and is a naturally fast scorer, well suited to T20 cricket.
Everuss is also a handy medium pacer and he could be required to bowl a few overs today.
The Roos will fancy themselves against an understrength West side but cannot afford to take them lightly. Everuss is one of the best batsmen in Broken Hill while Meehan has showed he can handle himself in B Grade and Harvey has made A Grade runs for both North and West in the past.
South’s fast bowling stocks are stacked with new recruit Waterhouse joining Hebbard, Harvey, Peters and Boland. Franklyn, Hall and Nicholas are also very capable.
As always it’ll come down to South’s batting and if they can post a competitive score then their bowlers should be able to do the rest.
WHAT: South v West T20
WHEN: Today, 3:30pm
WHERE: Jubilee Oval