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Dogs v Pies in T20 final

Saturday, 18th January, 2020

Magpies’ Jared Paull will have a key role to play with the bat and ball in today’s grand final. PICTURE: Michael Murphy Magpies’ Jared Paull will have a key role to play with the bat and ball in today’s grand final. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Donald Trump

Round eleven of the BDCL will see North take on Central in the T20 Final today at the Alma Oval. 

North are the defending champs after defeating South in last year’s final. 

Central will have to do it without two of their strike players, with Rhodes and Mateer, both unavailable this week. However they do welcome back one star, Justin Heath. Heath will offer a lot with the bat and if called upon, with the ball.

Smith and Paull will again have to score big but they do have plenty of back up in Kumar, Singh and Neal. Maalste will lead the assault with the new ball and Devoy, Paull and Omally will likely to take a few scalps.

North on the other hand welcome back Hack, ter Braak and Savage to a line up which easily seen off the best South had to offer last week. I’m tipping Howard will be in the runs after falling cheaply last week. Letcher and Martyn look a solid opening pair for the Dogs and if they can score a few runs in the first five overs North will be well on their way to another T20 Cup.

Bowling wise, Wilson and Davey will lead an attack which includes about six other North players. Savage will get the ball to swing, which may well get him a bag full.

Tip: Both clubs have players that can tear a game apart, but North have more of them. Bulldogs to get the chocolates.

The first game of the day is between West and South. It’s a dead rubber T20 wise, but with the points still counting towards the regular season, this is as important as it gets.

West and South have both struggled this year but still could play finals and go all the way. The first hurdle is to get there. South are less than a game in front of West so everything is on the line.

South lose Nicholas and Gageler but in come Gepp and Browne adding some much needed batting experience. The Roos were great last week restricting North to 104 but then failed with the bat falling 34 runs short. Hall, Reavil and Gillespie will all need to fire this week as too the rest of the South boys. 

Bowling wise, Waterhouse and Hebbard will lead the charge backed up by medium pacers Page and Gillespie. All the South boys can bowl but again they have struggled with the blade. If they bat first, they will need 150 against a very good West outfit.

West will rely on the Attard trio, Meehan, Handberg and Carroll to do the bulk of their scoring and if they bat first and South are off, they could easily make 160-180. New recruit Clout has had some great starts and I’m tipping he may well go on to make a decent score this week.

Tip: West to just get across the line. 

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