WHEN it gets to this time of the season, every match is a big match, but this round of the Harvey Norman HDCA B grade competition could see some big changes on the premiership table.
Not only do Coleraine and Southern Grampians face off with the last spot in the finals race on the line, but top spot is also up for grabs as St Andrew’s and Tahara meet at Clem Young Oval.
If they don’t already, the Drews and Blue Caps will know each other pretty well by next weekend, as they met on Monday in the one-day final at Melville Oval and get to spend the next fortnight in each others company.
Two-day, one-day and T20 games all have their own unique challenges for the players, but if the two teams bat the way did on Monday, there could even be an outright result on the way.
When 19 wickets fall for 101 runs, there’s either some quality bowling or some dodgy batting, or realistically a bit of both and surely both sides will be a lot more protective of their wickets today and next week.
Tahara is likely to lose its top run scorer Justin Elliott and that could be a big problem for a team which can battle for runs on occasions, and pile extra responsibility onto captain Colin Myers, Andrew Pepper, Troy Elliott and Sam Brewer at the top of the order.
There is never a question about its bowling capabilities and it showed on Monday that it can rip holes through any batting order, even one as strong as St Andrew’s’.
Full story in the Spectator on Saturday, February 1, 2014