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Pies face dominant Dogs

Saturday, 1st December, 2018

Ross Casey bowls last weekend. Casey has 10 wickets at an average of 8.70 in five games this season. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan Ross Casey bowls last weekend. Casey has 10 wickets at an average of 8.70 in five games this season. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Tyler Hannigan

Central picked up their first win last weekend and will be fighting to make it two in a row against the in-form defending premiers North in today’s second T20 game at the Jubilee Oval.

 

Last time they met:

North 136 (T. Hack 36; T. Smith 5-42, Casey 3-20) def Central 95 (T. Smith 26, C. Jones 19; J. Vella 4-18, J. Savage 2-14, T. Davey 2-31) by 41 runs

The Bulldogs did enough with the bat in round four to post a below-par but competitive 136 before their bowlers did the rest to dismiss Central for 95. North’s Jordan Vella picked up four wickets while Tristen Smith claimed 5-42 for Central.

 

Recent form:

North - WWWWW

It’s been a dominant start from the defending premiers as they sit undefeated after six games and they’ve won in different ways. Twice they’ve made over 200 and have yet to concede more than 108 with the ball.

Their batting line up last week was not unlike a country carnival side with Codie Howard and Bill Bergman, who sit first and second on the runs tally respectively, former Dutch international Dan ter Braak, former Sturt first grade player Eddie Morgan and last season’s A Grade leading runs scorer Tobias Hack all inside the top six.

Central - LLLLW

The Magpies finally got the monkey off their back and posted their first win of the season last Saturday with a 42-run victory over West.

The win was led by Jarred Paull who made a superb 112 from 102 balls to guide his side to a season-high 205 and was finished off by Jon Carrett and Michael Maalste who took seven wickets between them.

 

Teams:

North - T. Hack (c), J. Vella (vc), C. Howard, B. Bergman, E. Morgan, D. ter Braak, K. McEvoy, T. Davey, J. Savage, B. Martin, A. Wilson, E. Thomas (12th)

North have made a few changes from last weekend’s team but their batting lineup remains incredibly strong. Opening batsman Matt Letcher, Chris Diehm and Jackson Schorn are out with Brendon Martin, Austin Wilson and Kieran McEvoy their replacements.

Central - D. O’Mally (c), M. Maalste, T. Smith, R. Casey, J. Carapellotti, R. Elvery, A. Rhodes, J. Paull, D. Pettitt, J. Carrett, A. Williams

The Magpies have made two changes with Jay Carapellotti and the big hitting Adam Rhodes returning to Central’s side while Clint Jones and Luke Neal are out.

 

Player spotlight:

Josh Savage - North

Savage is a valuable cricketer to the North side, offering something different with the ball as a left-arm bowler while also capable with the bat down the order.

He has five wickets at an average of 14 from his four games as well as 38 runs from two innings and a high score of 24 not out. 

Savage also takes important wickets with the likes of Adam Rhodes, Tristen Smith and Jarred Paull among his five scalps.

Ross Casey - Central

A crafty medium pace seam bowler with a slightly unusual action, Casey proves hard to get away and can be dangerous if the pitch assists him at all.

He has 10 wickets thus far this season - including a hat-trick in round two - to sit second on Central’s wicket-takers list behind Smith who has 12.

 

Tyler’s say:

With Paull back in form with the bat and Rhodes back in the side Central are in with a chance to hand the Bulldogs their first loss of the season but it will be far from easy.

The Magpies will need those two, plus Smith and Jon Carrett, to fire with the bat if they are to make enough runs against the vaunted Bulldogs batting lineup.

North’s lineup remains stacked with Bergman, Howard, Morgan, Hack and ter Braak although they have yet to chase a total, winning the toss and batting first in all six of their wins. If required to chase today that could provide a different challenge.

Bulldogs should win today but the Magpies might just be starting to find some form and they’ll be dangerous.

 

WHAT: North v Central

WHEN: Today, 3:30pm

WHERE: Jubilee Oval

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