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Central too good

Saturday, 30th January, 2016

Jon Carrett in action against the Bulldogs earlier this season.PICTURE: Michael Murphy Jon Carrett in action against the Bulldogs earlier this season.PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Square Leg

Cock ‘O Hoop South, who find themselves in unfamiliar territory by sitting in third place on the cricket league premiership ladder, seems likely to ‘return to earth’ today when they meet Central at the Alma Oval. 

The Magpies will welcome back Wells, Carrett and Gauci to a batting order that has still proven to be too strong for both North and West since the Christmas break while these players have been out of town.

There is no doubt South has improved their depth this season and the belief is now evident that they can match it with the better sides. 

Their effort against North was full of character last weekend and that win will stand them in good stead for the rest of the season. 

Unfortunately for the Roos however, work commitments of players will continue to have a major impact on their performances and today they lose Lawrence Hebbard who has been a ‘destroyer’ with the new ball in the past two weeks. 

Hebbard’s four wickets last weekend were a crucial factor in the South win. 

Depending on the state of the Alma Oval wicket, it is not beyond the Roo’s batting capabilities of setting Central a score of around 150 to chase.

However, even if they are able to set such a target, their bowlers are going to have to bowl exceptionally well and the fielders support their bowlers if they are to place significant pressure on the Central batsmen.

Wells, Heath and Paull are in the top echelon of batsmen in town at the moment and when you also throw in Menz, Carrett and Gauci to the Central batting line-up it takes on the appearance of a juggernaut capable of delivering another premiership to the Magpie camp. 

South will do everything within their power to reduce the effectiveness that these players have on the game.

However, I expect their bowling depth to be tested and Central should emerge comfortable winners in the final analysis.

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