Big day at the Jube for T20 Grand Final
Saturday, 19th December, 2015
By Square Leg
The final round of 20/20 cricket for the season and the 20/20 Final will be conducted today, after which cricket will wrap up for the Christmas break.
I would urge all cricket fans to get down to the Jubilee today to witness at least the Final. This game promises big hitting and cricket action aplenty.
Central are guaranteed a place in the Final and their game against North at 12.30pm at the Jubilee Oval is only important to them for the two premiership points that it carries.
North, on the other hand, need to win to give themselves a chance of participating in the 20/20 Final at 3.30pm.
Winners of the Final will represent the city in the South Australian Country 20/20 Championships next season.
In the other minor round game, West play South at Alma Oval with West appearing to be in the box seat and set to advance to the Final.
West’s batting has been very good in recent weeks and up against a South bowling line-up depleted by the unavailability of key bowlers, they should set the Roos a score that is beyond their reach.
Paul Attard has been in superb form with the bat over the past few weeks for West, however he may not be available for this game due to work and this could level out the playing field a little for the Roos.
But the likes of Minnett, Everuss, Handberg and Pearce have all been among the runs this season and they appear more than capable of putting a winning score on the board at the Alma.
Central should prove to be too strong for North in the early game at the Jubilee.
They will be looking to send Scott Shepherd and Brett Hannon out on a winning note. Both players are leaving the city after today’s 20/20 Final.
The North batting has looked suspect all year in the absence of Codie Howard with only Tobias Hack likely to offer any resistance to the Magpie bowlers.
Wells, Paull, Heath and Carrett seem likely to take the North bowling by the scruff of the neck and give them a very torrid time.
If results fall as predicted, that should lead to a Central and West Final at 3.30pm - and what a good game this will be.
Central were defeated by West in their last encounter and all their meetings have been closely fought this season.
The possible absence of Paul Attard may swing things back in the Magpies’ favour but with shortened boundaries it only takes a couple of batsmen to get firing to swing the momentum of the game.
In the shortened version of the game Central appear to have the firepower to test West.
Wells, Heath and Paull have the power to go over the short boundaries while their mix of good medium pacers and battery of both off and leg spin bowlers could test a West batting line up, particularly if it is missing the experience of the evergreen Paul Attard.