Youngsters back in West line-up
Saturday, 2nd February, 2019
By Tyler Hannigan
After going down to North in what was a T20 final before Australia Day, South will be keen to get back on the winners list when they take on West today at the Alma Oval.
Last time they met:
South 4 for 110 (M. Reavill 40*, S. Hall 28) def West 109 (D. Milne 37, P. Attard 20; L. Hebbard 4-28, N. Waterhouse 3-35) by six wickets
The Roos completed a clinical six-wicket win over West prior to the Christmas break thanks to Laurence Hebbard’s four wickets and an unbeaten 40 from Matt Reavill. Daniel Milne chanced his arm and struck the ball well to top score for the Robins.
South - WLWWL
Last round’s loss was South’s first in the T20’s as they went down to the Bulldogs by four wickets. Bowled out for 77, they were about 20 runs short of a winning score but did fight well with the ball. Reavill (42) was a standout again with the bat.
West - LLLLW
The Robins broke a five-match losing streak last round with a 14-run win over Central. Jon Bishop (45) starred with the bat and some superb death bowling from Colby Stenhouse sealed the win.
South - B. Franklyn (c), M. Singh, S. Hall, M. Reavill, N. Soomro, A. Bird, P. Nicholas, N. Gageler, B. Sebastian, N. Waterhouse, M. Squire
South have called up a number of in-form B Grade players into the A Grade including Naj Soomro, Binu Sebastian and Mason Squire. Soomro has been in terrific form this season with 179 runs while Sebastian made 56 last start. Pace bowler Squire too has impressed, averaging 17.86 with the ball.
Other changes include experienced players Sheldon Hall, Arlen Bird and Nathan Gageler back in the side with Hebbard, Jack Simpson, Jason Harvey, Wade Gepp and Danny Gray out from the side that lost to North.
West - M. Attard (c), Pad. Attard, M. Everuss, N. Schofield, C. Stenhouse, J. Bishop, L. King, A Ferguson, C. Ferguson, L. Kaye, C. Pearce
The Robins have made a number of changes with youngsters Nick Schofield, Casey Ferguson and Lachlan Kaye returning as well as senior players Clint Pearce and Austin Ferguson.
Milne, Jordan Meehan, Matt Adams, Tom Burke and Phil Summers are the omissions from last round.
Ben Franklyn - South
Franklyn has been underrated with the ball this season and sits equal-second on South’s wicket takers list with Nathan Waterhouse on 12. Franklyn’s bowling is no more than medium pace but his movement, both through the air and off the wicket, make him a valuable member of South’s attack.
On top of that is his captaincy which, while still developing, has been solid in leading South to their best start to a season in over 15 years and all but locking in a very rare finals appearance.
Jon Bishop - West
Ex-South cricketer Bishop comes up against his former side with some form under his belt following a fantastic 45 from 44 balls last round. He struck two fours and two sixes in the knock which was vital to West’s win over the Magpies.
Bishop, while always strong off the back foot, could be found out when the ball is pitched up but he showed no signs of that against Central and he’ll be hoping to continue his form today.
The absence of Hebbard will hurt South’s bowling but the return of Bird, Hall and Gageler boosts their batting and offers much needed support to Reavill.
Mackenzie Attard and Max Everuss remain the key batsmen for West but if someone else can stand up, much like Bishop against Central, then they have a chance today.
All teams could be forgiven for being a little rusty thanks to a lack of cricket of late. Since the start of December just three rounds have been played due to extreme weather, the Adelaide Test Match, the Christmas break and the Australia Day long weekend.
Thankfully, the final part of the season should be uninterrupted if the weather plays along and teams should be able to get themselves set for finals.
WHAT: South v West
WHEN: Today, 12:30pm
WHERE: Alma Oval