Top spot up for grabs
Saturday, 30th November, 2013
By By Square Leg
Central get the opportunity to consolidate top spot on the BDCL premiership ladder with a win over West at the Jubilee Oval today.
On the other hand, the Robins have the opportunity to end the Magpies unbeaten run this season and draw level with them in the race for minor premiership honours.
Both sides amassed over 500 runs between them in their last 45 over contest and the Jubilee Oval wicket looks likely to offer the bowlers little assistance after the opening five or six overs.
Runs seem likely to be the order of the day with both batting sides possessing plenty of firepower.
Jarred Paull made 147 runs in Central’s last encounter against West while Justin Heath also feasted on some wayward West bowling.
I am sure the Robin’s bowling has improved since that occasion but, apart from the spin of Handberg who took six wickets against South on the Jubilee Oval “deck” last weekend, the West attack looks to lack a little in penetration.
Paull, Heath, Cam Wells and Matt Jardine will be looking to “cash in” on any weakness in the West bowling attack.
The West batting has certainly been on the rise since their last encounter with Central.
Everuss compiled a stylish maiden century a couple of weeks ago while McQuillan, Handberg and Jelbert have all registered useful contributions since that occasion.
Henry has also found some form but now needs to put his head down and build a good start into a really big score.
While the Central bowling lacks a genuine class spinner, Rosenbaum, Paull and Heath have done all that has been asked of them this season and have all turned in some very good performances with the ball.
Rosenbaum and Heath were the heroes in the Magpie’s Final win last season over West and they may repeat the dose again today.
Without doubt the match of the season thus far, today’s game promises action a plenty.
I expect over 400 to 500 runs to be scored in this game with perhaps Central’s edge in bowling penetration giving them the winning edge in the final analysis.