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Expect a keen contest

Saturday, 8th February, 2020

Jordan Vella was pretty confident with this appeal in the T20 Final. The allrounder will line up again tomorrow for North against Central. PICTURE: Michael Murphy Jordan Vella was pretty confident with this appeal in the T20 Final. The allrounder will line up again tomorrow for North against Central. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Donald Trump

Round 13 in the BDCL will see two vital clashes - one for survival, the other for top spot.

Game one today will see a near full strength West side take on a near full strength South. The last time they met West took the win on the second last ball of the game.

After South were demolished by North last week and West batting their full overs against Central, I think West may have this game covered. 

West are missing Paul and Paddrick Attard and Austin Ferguson but bring in Trengrove and the big-hitting Everuss. 

South welcomes back Hall, Reavill, Lihou and Nicholas. Out go Gageler, Carlaw and the Gray brothers.

This match will more than likely decide third place on the ladder with South currently sitting only one point above West. 

South will need to do some soul searching this week. They will be hungry and have a point to prove as they have been hit and miss all season. 

West on the other hand have been sticking to their game plan and will find out today if it’s working.

 

Players to watch:

South: Waterhouse. After coming to South from West the big left arm quick is always out for blood and has been working his way up the Roos’ batting order.

West: Everuss. This bloke can hit a ball. Hampered by work he will be keen to get into gear with finals a few weeks away. If he gets going the Alma school may have to make a few insurance claims for “hail damage”...

Tip: West. 

Game two will see North take on Central in what will be the match of the round.

North dispatched the Roos last week in a clinical win and Central won only after their match was rained out. 

It’s hard to pick a winner here. On form North look great but Central, even without Maalste (injured) and Paull (unavailable) will still be up for the fight.

Winner goes top and should stay there, considering North and Central will finish their remaining two matches against West and South, if previous matches are anything to go off. 

North are without Star player Howard and Central are without Paull but both sides have the depth to cover their stars. 

North welcomes back Wilson, Hall and Tidball. Out go Howard, Savage and Letcher. The Magpies bring in Kumar, Singh and Omeara, and out goes Jennings, Paull and Pettit.

 

Players to watch: 

North: Vella, with the ball he can demolish a side inside an over but he will be looking to put a big score on with the bat.

Central: RV Kumar, started the season strong and will be looking to consolidate his spot in the Pies top order.

Tip: Central, if they bat first.

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