Pride on the line for West
Saturday, 23rd February, 2019
By Tyler Hannigan
For one side this game is the end of a long and tough season while for the other it’s their final outing before the grand final.
Last time they met:
North 9 for 215 (T. Hack 78, C. Howard 56, D. ter Braak 40; P. Attard 4-35) def West 97 (M. Adams 27, P. Attard 26; J. Vella 6-33, C. Howard 3-30) by 118 runs
It was a runs-fest in round 13 as Tobias Hack, Codie Howard and Dan ter Braak blasted the West bowlers to all parts on route to a big North win. West champion Paul Attard was the only Robin to show some resistance, taking four wickets before scoring 26 with the bat.
North - WWLWW
Apart from a hiccup in round 12 against Central it has been a season of dominance by the Bulldogs and they continued that last round against second-placed South, dispatching the Roos by seven wickets.
While Codie Howard top scored with 39 off just 40 balls, it was the Bulldog bowlers who set up the win. They dismissed South for just 72 with Jordan Vella, Josh Savage, Tom Davey and Howard sharing the wickets.
West - LWLLL
The Robins looked to be on the up after defeating Central in round 11 but couldn’t keep it going as they battled poor form and player unavailability. They’ve been bowled out for under 100 in their each of their past three games.
Last weekend, West’s bowlers conceded 202 from 35 overs before their batsmen were routed for just 53 to lose by 149 runs.
With North assured of the minor premiership and West consigned to the wooden spoon there isn’t a lot on the line for either team today but that doesn’t mean they won’t both be competing as hard as they can.
For North it’s a final chance to iron out any kinks and get some players into their best form before the grand final on March 9.
It’s safe to say that 2018/19 has been one of the worst seasons for the West Cricket Club in recent memory but they can still finish on a high if they can somehow upset the ladder leaders.
Today’s game is also another chance for West’s crop of juniors to develop and show that the future is bright for the Robins.
This game will start at the earlier time of 8:30am and be 35 overs per side as part of today’s double header at the Alma Oval.
WHAT: West v North
WHEN: Today, 8:30am
WHERE: Alma Oval