Night game opener
Friday, 14th December, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
The first game under lights for the 2018/19 season is set for tonight between South and North at the Jubilee Oval if the weather allows.
Last time they met:
North 7 for 209 (C. Howard 64, E. Morgan 36, T. Hack 30; S. Hall 2-18) def South 82 (M. Lihou 18*; J. Vella 5-9, C. Diehm 2-11) by 127 runs
It was another thumping win to the Bulldogs in round six with Codie Howard cracking a second consecutive half-century as North piled on the runs before Jordan Vella picked up five wickets.
North they produced arguably the best batting lineup that local cricket has seen in over a decade with Codie Howard, Bill Bergman, Eddie Morgan, Dan ter Braak and Tobias Hack all in the top six.
South - LWWLW
South rebounded from their loss to North in round six with a tough 12-run T20 win over West last weekend led by Arlen Bird’s 39 and a superb death bowling performance.
Sheldon Hall has struggled with the bat since his round four century but his bowling form has been strong with 2-18 against North and 3-21 last weekend to guide his side home.
North - WWWWW
The Bulldogs continued their unbeaten run with a comfortable 43-run win over Central thanks to Howard’s 46 off 39 balls and three wickets as his terrific all-round season continued.
Howard leads both the A Grade run scorers (208 runs at 34.67) and wickets takers (17 wickets at 3.12). North teammates Bergman and Vella are second on those respective lists.
South: B. Franklyn (c), S. Hall, M. Reavill, J. Harvey, J. Simpson, A. Bird, P. Nicholas, M. Singh, L. Hebbard, N. Waterhouse, T. Hannigan, N. Gageler
The Roos have named an extended squad for tonight’s clash but will be without Ryan Gillespie and Alex Page who picked up minor injuries in the win over West.
North: T. Hack (c), J. Vella (vc), B. Bergman, C. Howard, B. Martin, J. Savage, T. Davey, J. Schorn, K. McEvoy, M. Letcher, C. Diehm, E. Thomas (12th)
North have made a number of changes with Jackson Schorn, Chris Diehm and Matt Letcher returning to the side as ter Braak, Austin Wilson and Luke Hall are out.
Matt Reavill - South
Having debuted in 2017/18, Reavill has been a revelation with the bat in the first half of this season with 118 A Grade runs at an average of just under 40 plus a whirlwind 63 in B Grade. He plays well straight down the wicket and is particularly good off his legs.
His efforts with the bat, along with the likes of Sheldon Hall and Ryan Gillespie, have given South a new lease on life and allowing them to post winning totals.
Brendon Martin - North
Martin famously filled a spot in North’s 2017/18 premiership winning side but has proven himself as a valuable club man over the journey.
Runs have been hard to come by so far this season, apart from 46 in B Grade against the Warriors, but he showed his potential with a dashing 30 against Central when opening the batting last year. Unfortunately for Martin, North’s stacked batting lineup makes it hard for him to crack the top six.
Martin is solid in the field with safe hands but his best contribution is his voice and enthusiasm which no doubt gives his teammates a lift as much as it gets under the opposing batsmen’s skin.
North have looked unstoppable this season and haven’t been beaten since round 10 last season but that loss did come against South in a T20, under lights. On that night South defended 74 in wet conditions, dismissing North for just 62.
With rain scheduled again tonight the omens are right in South’s favour but both sides are vastly different from that game last season. North haven’t lost a game since and South are enjoying their best season in over 15 years with five wins from seven games.
South’s two losses have been heavy defeats to North but this is the first time the sides will meet in a T20 which may favour South slightly. Batting first will also be important as chasing under lights at the Jube can prove very tough.
WHAT: South v North T20
WHEN: Tonight, 7pm
WHERE: Jubilee Oval