COLLEGE will enter the Bendigo Bank One-Day Shield A grade final tomorrow as raging hot favourites against current holders Macarthur as the best two teams meet at Melville Oval.
The Eagles thrashed the Demons only two weeks ago at Melville Oval to ensure they would take a place in the match and they have carried on with that form since.
Macarthur, on the other hand, has struggled since the side has had to leave its home ground and play on turf wickets and the batting slump of the top order must be a worry for the club.
The Demons are a very attacking team who like to feel the ball on the bat and it was this insistence to go after the bowling that led to their downfall in that match two weeks ago.
The batsmen chased the bowling looking to score quickly and they suffered a collapse that the side did not have the ability to recover from.
It appears that the batsmen did not learn from their mistakes as they played exactly the same way against St Mary’s only a week later and suffered the same fate.
This comes from a team that dominated the first six rounds of the one-day comp to make sure of their place in the final after only five rounds.
Of course, Macarthur does not have a turf wicket at its home ground and as such play all its one-day matches on a hard wicket, which gives the batsmen a great platform on which to display their skills against a ball that bounces uniformly.
Full story in the Spectator on Saturday, February 1, 2014