Southies take on Maggies
Saturday, 27th October, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
South will be gunning for two wins in a row when they take on Central tomorrow in round two of the Demo A Grade cricket season.
Last time they met:
2017/18 Round 15 - Central 7-81 (Rhodes 42; Harvey 3-9, Hall 2-9) def South 76 (Mateer 4-26)
South could only muster 76 batting first against the Magpies late last season but pushed the minor premiers all the way, taking seven wickets before Central hauled in the small target. The chase was led by Adam Rhodes’ unbeaten 42 while Jason Harvey took 3-9 off eight overs.
South picked up a comfortable 42-run win last week over West with Ryan Gillespie thumping 47 off 44 balls and Nathan Gageler dancing his way to 36 not out as the Roos posted 5-154, their highest total since the 2015/16 season. Laurence Hebbard then took three wickets to limit West to 4-112.
Central fell to North in round one by eight wickets as the reigning premiers flexed their muscles. The Pies struggled their way to 9-108 largely thanks to Rhodes’ innings of 45. North chased it down easily, losing only the two wickets and having nearly four overs to spare.
South - B. Franklyn (c), S. Hall (vc), R. Gillespie, J. Simpson, M. Singh, B. Sebastian, N. Gageler, M. Reavill, N. Waterhouse, L. Hebbard, J. Harvey
The Roos are without Paul Nicholas, Laurie Peters and Tyson Boland which tests their batting and bowling depth. Spin bowler Mani Singh, batsman Matt Reavill and new recruit Binu Sebastian come into the side for their first games of the season.
Central - D. O’Mally (c), A. Rhodes, J. Paull, J. Carrett, M. Maalste, T. Smith, R. Casey, R. Elvery, L. Neal, C. Jones, J. Bressanelli
Former captain and star all-rounder Jarred Paull, batsman Jon Carrett and bowler Luke Neal come into the side while Dave Smith, Damon Pettitt and Layne Ralph are out from last weekend’s team.
Central have opted against bringing in a spinner with both Scott Mateer and Adam Armstrong set to play in B Grade.
Ryan Gillespie - South
Gillespie had a great debut for his new club in round one, making 47 off just 44 balls. He showed great cricket awareness as he pushed the ball into gaps and ran hard whilst also being able to hit the big shots with three fours and two sixes.
Gillespie has spent time playing in the South Australian river land with Berri, Waikerie, Renmark and most recently the Monash Cricket Club where he averaged almost 25 from nine matches in the 2017/18 season.
Adam Rhodes - Central
A powerful striker of the ball, Rhodes has made a habit of pulling his side out of trouble and has done so in his last three innings.
He made 42 not out against South in round 15 last season when the next highest score was 13, following that with 43 in the grand final that gave Central an outside chance of victory and then once again last week against North.
Given how destructive he can be, Central must consider pushing him up the order so he isn’t always coming in when the team is in a crisis.
South were very impressive last weekend, posting their first round one victory in over a decade and that will give them plenty of confidence going into tomorrow. Their batting stood up and while their stacked bowling lineup looked a little rusty, they did enough to ensure West were never seriously in the hunt.
Central were fairly well outplayed last round and were immediately under pressure as their top-order failed. They only made a competitive total thanks to Rhodes and they’ll need a better effort today but the returns of Paull and Carrett will help in that regard.
The Magpies will be after a swift response after a loss while South will be out to show that last week was no fluke and produce another solid performance.
WHAT: South v Central T20
WHEN: Sunday, 12:30pm
WHERE: Jubilee Oval