Grand final replay
Saturday, 5th November, 2016
By Tyler Hannigan
After three weeks of T20 action, Broken Hill cricket settles into one day mode with a rematch of last Sunday’s T20 final between West and Central at the Alma Oval today.
West are undefeated so far in season 2016/17 and were too good in the final last weekend against the Magpies.
Liam King continued his good form with an unbeaten 44 runs to lead West’s chase. Rhys Pavlich bludgeoned 33 and Clint Pearce finished things off with 23 not out as the Robins overhauled Central’s under-par total of 113.
West’s real strength is in their bowling and the 113 by Central was the highest score by an opposition against them during the T20s. They had kept Central to 76 in the first game, bowled out South for 61 in the second and North for 67 in the third.
Their bowling unit has been weakened with the absences of veteran seam bowler Paul Attard and former skipper Matt Handberg but they still have the bowlers capable of restricting a strong Magpies batting line up.
Much will rely on experienced pair Peter Christos and Sean Wilson. Wilson was consistent through the T20 games and Robins captain Christos very rarely goes the journey.
Add to that the young bowlers like Paddric Attard, Callum Rosewarn, who missed the final, and Michael Maalste, and this is still a formidable bowling unit although they are lacking a genuine spin option without Handberg’s leg breaks.
Kyle Jelbert comes in to the team for his first appearance of the season.
Defending champions Central will be looking to bounce back from their defeat at the hands of the Robins last weekend.
Their batting line up failed to really get going, managing just 113 from 20 overs on the back of 26 runs from Cameron Wells and 31 not out by Jarred Paull.
Paull takes some great form with him into the One Day games after scores of 5, 29, 38* and 31* in the T20s, as is Wells with recent scores of 12, 22, 31 and 26.
In defence of the small total, their bowlers couldn’t take the wickets required to contain the scoring with Paull taking 1-19 to be the pick of the bowlers.
They’re strengthened by the inclusions of Adam Rhodes, Scott Mateer and Justin Heath. Heath didn’t play in Sunday’s final but did play in the game before, falling first ball but he bowled and fielded well whilst Mateer batted well in his only game in the T20s.
Leigh Sultana, Damon Pettitt and Adam Markwart all drop out of the side.
These sides are quite evenly matched and while West have the early wood over Central after two wins in the T20 competition, Central have named their strongest team so far and I think they could take the points today.