T20 bash should be a beaut
Saturday, 15th December, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
With West and Central looking increasingly like they’ll battle it out for third spot this season, today’s T20 clash is vitally important to each club’s finals hopes.
Last time they met:
Central 205 (J. Paull 112, D. O’Mally 20*; N. Schofield 3-26, M. Everuss 2-46) def West 163 (M. Attard 83, D. Milne 25; J. Carrett 4-16, M. Maalste 3-35) by 42 runs
Former captain and club great Jarred Paull guided the Magpies to their first - and so far only - win of the season in round six over West. Paull struck 112 as Central amassed 205 and restricted the Robins to 163 despite a gallant 83 from West skipper Mackenzie Attard.
Central - LLLWL
That round six win has been the only bright spot in what has been a disappointing first half of the season for the once dominant Central side. They sit in third spot with just one win from seven matches.
They bowled reasonably well to hold North to 121 in their 20 overs but again the batsmen failed, managing just 9-78 in reply. Paull with 3-10 off four overs and a brave 23 by Damon Pettitt were the highlights.
West - WLLLL
The Robins also just have one win so far this season and recently went down to South last weekend. They were in that game for the majority but couldn’t finish the job with the bat late in the innings as some inexperience cost them.
Mackenzie Attard has been in solid form in his four appearances, getting a start in all as well as a top score of 83. He’s averaging 35 with the bat and gives the side a proper option with the gloves behind the stumps.
Central - D. O’Mally (c), J. Paull, T. Smith, R. Elvery, L. Neal, C. Jones, A. Rhodes, R. Casey, S. Mateer, J. Carrett, M. Maalste
Off-spinner Scott Mateer makes his return to A Grade cricket while Clint Jones also comes back into the side. Pettitt and Jay Carapellotti have been moved back to B Grade.
West - M. Attard (c), P. Attard, C. Pearce, A. Ferguson, J. Bishop, D. Milne, J. White, N. Schofield, C. Stenhouse, L. Kaye, L. Harvey, C. Ferguson
The Robins have made a number of changes with Jon Bishop, Daniel Milne, Jayden White and Lachie Harvey all coming up from B Grade as part of a 12-man squad. Bobby Harvey, Jordan Meehan and Paddric Attard are out.
Jon Carrett - Central
Carrett has been an incredibly consistent performer and valuable all-rounder in his time at Central which will is sadly coming to an end as he prepares for a move back east for work.
He’s been a valuable cricketer over the past five seasons with Central, scoring over 800 runs and taking 46 wickets. While he’s struggled to get going with the bat this season, Carrett remains an important player atop the order as well as with the ball having taken four wickets last game.
Clint Pearce - West
Pearce is a patient middle-order batsmen and as one of West’s most experienced cricketers, they’ll be looking for him to kick-on in the back-half of this season.
He’s averaging just 13 from five innings so far in 2018/19 but that has included a pair of starts - 21 vs South in round four and 27 vs North in round five - and if he can turn them into more substantial scores then West’s fortunes are sure to improve going forward.
Central still have all the players to be a successful side and because of that they’ll go in as slight favourites today but many will need to improve their output. Riley Elvery, Jon Carrett and Adam Rhodes are all quality batsmen but a combined average of 10 is well below what they can do.
Max Everuss’ absence will hurt West and much will rest on Mackenzie Attard’s shoulders if they are to post a winning score, although Lachie Harvey is more than capable and Milne is a dangerous hitter. If those two can get going then the Robins are a chance, especially in T20.
The weather might have the final word on this one and despite very little rain forecast for today, yesterday’s downpour may leave the grounds unusable. A final call will be made this morning if the games are to go ahead.
WHAT: West v Central T20
WHEN: Today, 3:30pm
WHERE: Jubilee Oval