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Bulldogs’ big chance

Saturday, 13th December, 2014

North’s Codie Howard has a big role to play with the ball and bat against a weakened Central outfit today.PICTURE: Ethan James North’s Codie Howard has a big role to play with the ball and bat against a weakened Central outfit today.PICTURE: Ethan James

By Square Leg

North must give themselves a great chance of recording back-to-back wins today when they take on a much weakened Central side at the Alma Oval.

It was well known that Central were going to lose key players after the Christmas break but it appears to have happened a little earlier than previously anticipated. 

Cam Wells, Matt Jardine, Brett Hannon and Jared Paull are all missing from the Central side that convincingly won last year’s premiership.

Their replacements will have a fair bit of pressure placed on them to fill the void.

The Magpies’ batting line-up has been disintegrated, with their top three bats missing and huge pressure placed on Justin Heath to score at least a half century in order to get his team to a competitive score. 

Heath must get assistance from the likes of Scott Shepherd and Paul Rosenbaum in the runs department if the Magpies are to get a three digit score.

The North bowling line-up has also been weakened for this game, and Lachlan Harvey and Codie Howard will need to bowl exceptionally well and receive good support from Judd Carpenter and Nathan Webb if they are to fully capitalise on the winning opportunity presented to them.

The North batting is built around Howard and Tobias Hack. 

Howard has been in superb touch this season and if he is allowed to get away to a good start today it could be “curtains” for the Magpies early on.

Hack and Harvey will almost certainly give Howard good support in the batting department.

North have a real opportunity to close the gap between themselves and second-placed Central today and I think they can inflict successive losses for the Central side.

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