T20 ALMA ACTION
Saturday, 11th January, 2020
By 'Donald Trump'
The BDCL season returns today after a few weeks off over Christmas. Round ten sees the short format return with a double header at the Alma.
Game one will see South up against North in what should be a cracking contest. South on paper are at near full strength, with Boland, Bird (injured) and keeper Lihou missing, he will be replaced by Gageler and leg spinner Dean Holmes makes his A grade debut for the Red and Whites.
The Roos will look for a solid start from their top four batsmen, Hall, Gillespie, Nicholas and Reavill, but have great depth in Schorn, Gageler and Page.
Bowling-wise, the Roos will need more from Franklyn and Page, backing up the blistering pace of Hebbard and Waterhouse.
North are without players Hack (rep duties), ter Braak and Savage, but still are a very formidable unit.
They will look to Vella and Letcher to get them off to a solid start, Howard and Tidball could also trouble the South attack.
If the boys in blue can get off to a solid start, it will allow Martin, Hall and Carruthers to swing freely, and if Howard is still around at the end of the innings, a big score could well be on the cards.
Bowling-wise, North still look strong, with Howard, Vella, Mitchell, Wilson, Davey and Tidball all options.
On a deck which has been unusually up and down, North's spin options may prove the difference.
Tip: South by a whisker.
Game two sees ladder leaders Central take on an ever-improving West side. Central are without Rhodes and Pettit, so the they will rely on Paull, Smith Kumar and Sebastian to do the bulk of the scoring.
Mani Singh gets his shot in A grade after defecting to Central from South last year. If he starts up the order and keeps a cool head, a big score could be just around the corner.
Bowling-wise Central look strong, whilst missing Mateer, their line up of Maalste, Devoy, Smith, Paull and O’Mally will trouble most teams. Accompanied by Central's exceptional skills in the field, it is the reason they are top of the BDCL ladder.
West have shown great improvement this season, but like South, shift work is preventing them from putting their best team on the park.
This week they are without Paul Attard, Everuss, Milne, Handberg and Lewis.
The promising thing for West is their young players stepping up.
Stenhouse and Ferguson have been superb with the ball and in the field.
Kaye has also stood tall with the bat, if he can stick around and support the likes of Macka Attard, Meehan and Clout, then a score of 150 is not out of the question.
The key will be a solid start, that will take the pressure off Adams and Holmes allowing them to look for those boundaries.
Tip: Central. Purely on experience.