SPORTSPEOPLE are among the most superstitious people in the world when it comes to luck, and the Grampians B grade team may be seen adorned with rabbit’s feet, four leaf clovers, ladybirds or a special pair of socks when they play Tahara today.
It is the last round of one-day action before the final on Monday, and the third placed Pumas need all the luck they can put in a pot at the end of a rainbow, although some of it they can make themselves, in order to be a part of one of local cricket’s biggest events.
Opponents Tahara have already secured a berth, leaving Grampians and St Andrew’s’ fates to be decided this afternoon.
The equation is not an easy one for the Pumas.
Grampians must not only defeat Tahara away from home, but must also cross their fingers and hope that Coleraine can shock St Andrew’s at Turnbull St, while also gaining about two bonus points worth of runs and wickets more than the Drews to knock them out at the last minute.
The win will be hard enough, but the Pumas also need the equivalent of 200 runs or 10 wickets difference to overhaul the Drews.
Tahara has a reputation of being a bit delicate with the bat at times, but downright brilliant with the ball.
But last week its batting showed what it can produce with a whopping 5-235 and if allowed to make that sort of score again today, will be nigh on impossible to beat.
Andrew Pepper has been improving every week, Colin Myers is always solid, Josh Pepper can make quick, late runs and Sam Brewer gave a glimpse of his best last week as well.
Full story in the Spectator on Saturday, January 25, 2014