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Roos to bow out without a win

Saturday, 21st February, 2015

Tyson Boland has hit some big scores this season for South but he will need help if his team is to have a chance today. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Tyson Boland has hit some big scores this season for South but he will need help if his team is to have a chance today. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By Square Leg

What has been a long season comes to an end for the South Cricket Club today when they take on North at the Alma Oval. 

The Roos would normally relish the opportunity to tackle the Bulldogs as both sides have had some epic encounters in recent times. 

But South has fallen away a little for this clash due to the unavailability of key players and also due to the fact that the club still has the chance to play in B Grade finals. 

North seems likely to encounter little resistance in taking a win into next week’s Elimination Final.

The Bulldogs will be looking to give Howard, Hack, Harvey and Vella good batting practice before going into next week’s do or die game against West while the likes of Chestnut, Boland, Massaro, Page and Chadwick will be looking to make life as difficult as possible with the ball for South.

The South batting effort has been erratic all season and it is hard to see them reaching a three digit score today. 

Tyson Boland has the ability to make a big score, as shown by his 82 runs against the Bulldogs three weeks ago, but there looks to be few South players capable of giving him enough assistance to enable him to repeat the dose again today.

North’s pace bowlers have failed to keep a good line for much of the season. In recent weeks Vella and Mateer have carried the side with their spinners and they seem likely to figure prominently in the demise of the Roo batting line-up. 

The South batsmen have a poor record against spin and that may not improve in this game.

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