Saturday, 15th February, 2020
By Donald Trump
Top of the table North takes on last-place West in the BDCL on Saturday at the Alma Oval.
Usually, this match would not have any consequences, but if North drops this one, they may very well surrender top spot and the right to go straight into the grand final.
For West, a win will keep their finals chances alive after a demoralising loss to the Roo boys last week.
North has enjoyed a year of dominance over West, but the Robins have not been that far off the mark.
The Bulldogs have again named a strong team even without Howard, Wilson and the ever-reliable Hall. The ins include Letcher, Roach and Shepard and after their match last week was washed out, North will be looking to keep their form going and secure top spot. I’m liking Martin or Hack for top scorer for the Dogs and DTB to do it with the ball.
West, on the other hand, are coming off a loss which could have possibly seen them playing finals had they won. They need to put last week behind them and try and win the next two rounds. Their outs will make it a hard task this week as Clout, Carrol, Handberg and McKenzie Attard are all unavailable.
Macca is West’s leading run-scorer and Handberg their leading wicket-taker. Up for the task will be Burke, Lawrence and a young man who could turn this game on its head, Lachie Harvey. If Harvey, Lewis and Kaye can get the Robins off to a good start, then Everuss and Attard can have the swing and get a defendable total.
Players to watch: For North, DTB, one of the best players in town. For West, Kaye, a young up and coming batsman who is proving his worth.
Tip: North, they will want to stay top.
South versus Central
South take on Central in game two on Sunday at the Alma Oval.
Central, who will need to win their last two matches and rely on the Bulldogs dropping a game to finish top, will more than likely spend the next two weeks having a good look at their possible semi-final opponents. If the season is anything to go by that will most likely be South, a repeat of last year’s final which saw 400 runs scored in the day’s play. Central will be without Maalste, their leading wicket-taker, and Paull, their leading run-scorer, but have still named a formidable line-up.
They will be keen for some cricket after two washouts and loss from their last three matches.
Smith, Rhodes and Kumar hold the key with the bat and with the ball Mateer and O’Mally.
South will be coming off a massive game last week where they chased down West’s total of 172 to keep their finals chances alive.
The Roos have three outs with, Schorn, McQuillan and Page all unavailable but into the side will come Gillespie, Gepp and Gageler, which will strengthen their batting line up.
The boys from the South will need to knuckle down again this week.
Nicholas, Reavil and Gillespie will all need to score runs if they are to have a chance and, after 29 extras last week, their bowling unit will need to tighten things up.
Players to watch: Central, Rhodes and Casey and for the Roos, Reavill and Holmes
Tip: Roos in an upset.
10:00am North v West(Alma Oval)
12:30pm North v West (Zinc Oval)
12:30pm Central V South (Norm Fox)
10:00am SOUTH VS CENTRAL (Alma Oval)