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West’s season on the line

Saturday, 16th February, 2019

Luke Neal in last week’s game against South in which he took four wickets. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan Luke Neal in last week’s game against South in which he took four wickets. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Tyler Hannigan

It’s do or die for the Robins today as they look to keep their final hopes alive when they take on Central in round 14 of the Demo Club A Grade competition.

 

Last time they met:

West 6 for 128 (J. Bishop 45, M. Attard 23; N. Devoy 2-17) def Central 4 for 114 (T. Smith 51, A. Rhodes 27; C. Stenhouse 2-13) by 14 runs

West took the points when these sides met in a T20 back in round 11 thanks to 45 from Jon Bishop, his highest A Grade score, and some great death bowling from Colby Stenhouse sealed the game for the Robins.

 

Recent form:

West - LLWLL

Following that win over Central, West have struggled over the past two weeks. Firstly, they were routed for just 58 against South and fell to a 117-run defeat last weekend against North

Central - LLLWL

The Magpies picked up a big upset win over North in round 12 but fell to a 65-run loss last week against South as their batting once again let them down. 

 

Teams:

West - M. Everuss (c), M. Adams, C. Ferguson, A. Ferguson, C. Stenhouse, L. Kaye, H. Grose, J. Campbell, T. Burke, C. Pearce, J. Meehan

Austin Ferguson, Hagen Grose, Clint Pearce and Jordan Meehan come into West’s squad for this game while regular skipper Mackenzie Attard, veteran Paul Attard, junior Nick Schofield and wicket-keeper Daniel Milne are out.

Central - D. O’Mally (c), T. Smith, R. Elvery, A. Rhodes, R. Casey, J. Paull, S. Mateer, L. Neal, D. Pettitt, A. Armstrong, P. Jenkinson

Adam Armstrong comes in for his first A Grade game for the season while Patrick Jenkinson makes his club debut and Riley Elvery is set to play having been a late withdrawal last weekend. Michael Maalste, Brenton Malthouse and Clint Jones have been omitted from last week’s team.

 

Player spotlight:

Colby Stenhouse - West

Stenhouse was fantastic with the ball in these sides’ round 11 clash, taking 2-13 off four overs including some brilliant bowling at the death to remove Tristen Smith and Adam Rhodes and virtually end the game for his side.

Stenhouse has had an up and down season thus far, taking 12 wickets at an average of 21.83 from 51 overs but at a fairly expensive 5.14 runs per over. He’ll be vital in this one as West are without a number of first-choice bowling options.

Luke Neal - Central

Neal showed his quality last round with a four-wicket haul in Central’s loss to South at the Alma including the big scalp of the in-form Matt Reavill for just one. He finished with 4-20 from eight overs and two maidens.

Neal’s bowling this season has been more than useful for Central with him taking nine wickets from 39 total overs and while he’s only managed 71 runs from seven knocks, he remains a dangerous lower-order batsman.

 

Tyler’s say:

West need to win to give themselves a hope of playing finals but it will likely be too much of an ask without the likes of Mackenzie and Paul Attard.

Central aren’t playing great cricket but it’s not through a lack of talent and with the likes of Smith, Rhodes and Jarred Paull in the batting lineup they should be able to get the job done.

This game will start at the early time of 8:30am and be a 35-overs a side following the news that the Jubilee Oval was unavailable.

 

WHAT: West v Central

WHEN: Today, 8:30am

WHERE: Alma Oval

 

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