Heavy hitters in for Dogs
Saturday, 27th October, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
North started their premiership defence in fine fashion last weekend and will look to consolidate top spot when they take on a West team looking for their first win of the season.
Last time they met:
2017/18 Semi-final - North 5-194 (Hack 118) def West 139 (M. Attard 37; Vella 4-21) by 55 runs
In their last meeting, the Bulldogs defeated West last season to progress to the grand final thanks to a brilliant century by skipper Tobias Hack. West fought with the bat with 37 to Mackenzie Attard, as well as 25 to Matt Handberg and 22 to Max Everuss, but they were eventually bowled out well short of the 194 target.
North easily handled Central last Saturday even without Hack and Codie Howard. Their bowlers restricted Central to just 108 from the 20 overs before Bill Bergman (45) and Matt Letcher (27) added 80 for the first wicket and made light work of the chase as the Dogs won with eight wickets and 23 balls remaining.
West were well beaten by South last weekend, managing just 4-112 in response to South’s 5-154. They did see some good performance from their juniors including batsmen Tom Burke and Lachlan Kaye and bowler Nick Schofield.
North - T. Hack (c), J. Vella (vc), C. Howard, B. Martin, A. Wilson, B. Bergman, N. Mitchell, A. Tidball, L. Hall, T. Davey, E. Thomas (12th)
Hack and Howard headline the returns after both missed the opening round. Youngsters Austin Wilson and Luke Hall have been rewarded after both performed well in B Grade last weekend while bowler Nash Mitchell also comes in.
Senior players Matt Letcher, Josh Savage and Dan ter Braak, as well as junior Taylor Kube, are out for tomorrow’s clash.
West - M. Everuss (c), J. Meehan, C. Pearce, P. Attard, M. Attard, L. Kaye, P. Summers, C. Stenhouse, M. Adams, K. Jelbert, C. Ferguson
Senior players Clint Pearce, Paul Attard, Mackenzie Attard and Kyle Jelbert have all been included after missing round one, as has junior Casey Ferguson.
Unlucky to be left out are Nick Schofield and Lachie Harvey, who took two wickets each, and Tom Burke, who scored 21 in last weekend’s loss to South. Austin Ferguson and Rowan Lawn also miss out.
Tobias Hack - North
Hack has established himself as Broken Hill’s premier batsman over the past few seasons including 544 runs at an average of 60 in 2017/18 with two centuries and another score of 97.
He missed out on last week’s game, taking an opportunity to play for Adelaide University in the SACA Premier Cricket fourth grade competition where he made 31 against Kensington.
Hack can score all around the ground and enjoyed his time against West last season with scores of 97, 49, 30* and 118*.
Mackenzie Attard - West
Attard returns to the side today which will bolster West’s batting and he’ll also likely assume the wicket-keeping duties.
He’s an aggressive opening batsmen - making him ideal for T20 cricket - and particularly strong off his legs and straight back down the ground. Attard will likely pair with Lachlan Kaye atop the order and if the two can get off to a good start then West should be able to post a competitive total.
North are yet to name their strongest possible team with ter Braak, Savage and Letcher out but they’ll go into tomorrow as heavy favourites with Hack and Howard returning.
While the batting performance was great last weekend, it was North’s bowlers who really stood out with Kieran McEvoy proving impossible to get away. He produced incredible figures of 2-1 off his four overs and while Savage, who picked up three wickets, is out, Nash Mitchell is a quality replacement.
The Robins have a more experienced team selected today and will need those players to fire if they’re any chance of defeating North. Pearce, Paul Attard and Mackenzie Attard will need to support Max Everuss with the bat while Kyle Jelbert will have to be on the mark with the ball against Hack, Howard and co.
WHAT: North v West T20
WHEN: Sunday, 3:30pm
WHERE: Jubilee Oval