Expect a tight contest
Saturday, 5th November, 2016
By Tyler Hannigan
South will take on North tomorrow at the Alma Oval in what should be an enthralling clash between two sides desperate to kick-start their season.
South went win-less through the T20s while North managed just the one win over the Roos in round one.
South might not have scored the points but they certainly weren’t disgraced against Central last weekend, falling just 7 runs short in pursuit of the Magpies’ 133 run total.
Ricky Kumar led the way with bat, scoring 34 whilst skipper Sheldon Hall looked in fine touch before being run out for 22.
Bowling-wise South were good but dropped off in the final few overs, allowing Central to score too many runs and build what would eventually be a match winning total. Hall, Ian Grant and Tyson Boland, who misses this game, all took 3 wickets.
Pace bowler Laurie Peters, who debuted last week for the Roos, showed plenty of promise, bowling with good pace and consistent swing, and South will hope for another good performance out of him tomorrow.
Into the South team is R.V. Kumar, Laurence Hebbard, Stephen Chestnut and Mason Squire whilst Boland, Simon O’Brien, Shangy Chauhan and Jackson Bray drop out from last week’s team. Junior Adam McInnes has been named as 12th man.
North started the T20 competition brightly with a great batting effort that eventually led to a 26-run win over South in week one.
Things unfortunately fell apart in the following games with the Bulldogs, fielding a young side, being bowled out for 76 against Central and 67 against West.
Their batting relied heavily on Jamin Whyman who scored 83 not out in game one and 20 in game two as well as skipper Tobias Hack who whacked 37 run in game one.
North’s batting has been boosted with the inclusions of Shayne Staker and Lachlan Harvey. Harvey scored 156 runs last year.
North’s captain Hack is the leading wicket taker for 2016/17 with 9 wickets in three games while Nash Mitchell has showed great signs with 6 wickets at an average of 12.17.
Veteran Ben Victory comes into the side after some good performances in B Grade over the past few weeks. Chase Johnson is also set to give North some bowling depth while Bailey Shepherd returns after some time in B Grade.
Out from last week’s team are top run scorer Ryan Harris, Jordan Vella, Brendon Martin, Anthony Tidball, Shane Dalby and Chris Mitchell.
Victory, Johnson, Staker, Harvey, Shepherd and Nathan Webb are the inclusions.
North will benefit from the inclusion of some experience but are still light on for batting depth, especially if Whyman and Hack don’t fire at the top of the order.
South are also not at full strength and as always, their batting will be tested but if they are able to dig in and produce a decent total then they have the bowling attack to win tomorrow.