West v Central set to be season’s biggest match
Saturday, 6th December, 2014
By Square Leg
Cricket lovers should ensure that they set aside a few hours to get down to the Jubilee Oval today to watch what promises to be the best game of the season.
West takes on Central in a battle to establish favouritism for minor premiership honours.
Percentage separates both sides on the top of the premiership ladder at the moment and one side has the chance to leap to the top with two games to go before the Christmas break.
Both sides are at near full strength and this contest which should provide a feast of runs on a wicket that has been the best value batting wicket in town.
Spinners on both sides will probably dictate the outcome of this game as the quicks and medium pacers will find the going tough after the first 15 overs.
Central’s depth in batting has impressed in recent games.
Wells and Jardine have been good at the top of the order but on the odd occasion that they have failed Hannon and Shepherd have stepped up to the plate.
Jared Paull compiled a fine innings of 63 (retired in honour of Philip Hughes’ score) against South and has found top form, looming as a key player in this contest.
I doubt the West batting has the depth of Central but they still have players that can be extremely dangerous on their day.
Max Everuss is a solid contributor and Andrew Henry can be dangerous if he gets a good start.
The Robins will need runs from Handberg, Rosewarn and Attard if they are to set Central a genuine challenge.
Handberg loves the Jubilee Oval wicket and appears the player most likely to worry the Central batsmen with the ball.
Peter Christos is enjoying a good debut season in A Grade for West and he can lend good support to Handberg with the cherry.
Central have good spin options in Shepherd, Hale and Jardine who can all make full use of the turn in the wicket, while Paull seems to be able to pick up wickets at will at the moment with his medium pacers.
One run separated these two sides when they met earlier in the season.
I don’t think much will separate them again in this rematch but I have the feeling that Central have improved since
then and are getting back to the form that brought them back to back premierships.
Their advantage in batting depth could give them the edge in what looks a great game.