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Expect a close contest

Saturday, 10th January, 2015

North’s Brendon Martin will need to be at his best. PICTURE: Ethan James North’s Brendon Martin will need to be at his best. PICTURE: Ethan James

By Square Leg

20/20 Cricket welcomes in the second part of the 2014/15 BDCL season today with Central taking on North at the Alma Oval in the third and final round of the 20/20 competition.

Both sides a win apiece in this competition so today’s winner will progress to the final next week to meet West, who are undefeated in the 20/20 competition.

The Central side has been weakened by the departure and absence of several school teachers for this game and much will rest on the shoulders of Jarred Paull and Justin Heath.

Paull was absent from the Central side for the two games prior to Christmas and his all-round skills and leadership on the field will be a welcome addition for the Magpies.

Heath hit his straps with the bat scoring a century in the last game before the Christmas break and he is a class player when in form.

The Magpies will be looking to both players to fire with the bat and also with the ball today.

North are capable of toppling Central on their day however, much will depend on the availability of Codie Howard for this game.

Howard is in slashing form with the bat and he has combined well with Tobias Hack to put on a match winning partnership on more than one occasion this season.

If Howard plays and he and Hack can get good assistance from the likes of Harvey and Martin with the bat the Bulldogs could set Central a very competitive tally to chase.

O’Malley and Paull will need to make early inroads into the North batting with the new ball as the Magpies look a little “light on” in the bowling brigade for this game.

Hale is likely to get a greater work out with his “offies” now that Matt Jardine has left the city.

Harvey and McEvoy will shoulder most of the responsibility for North to keep the Central top order in check and Hack could be called upon to have a trundle if Howard does not play and the Bulldogs get desperate for another bowling option.

Central have had the happy knack of winning games when they have had their backs against the wall due to key players missing for a game.

For this reason I am sticking with them in this contest however, I don’t expect too much will separate the sides in the final analysis.

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