Final four march into semis
THE Portland and District Cricket Association has reached the business end of the season with semi final weekend kicking off tomorrow in what is promising to be a memorable two-day shootout.
Ladder leaders Portland Colts will remain at home in the bid for a spot in the grand final, playing host to Portland Tigers on Henty Park’s turf wicket across Saturday and Sunday.
Portland Colts are a team who need no introduction in the modern competition, finishing either first or second in every season over the past decade.
The 2018-19 campaign was another exciting one for Colts, with Daniel Kinghorn, Glenn Hollis, Matthew Payne, Scott Hamilton and Alister Stannard all showing plenty with the bat in hand.
Another string in the bow for Colts this finals campaign will be having James Chapple parked behind the stumps as wicket keeper, with Chapple’s glove work producing results in each match he’s played this season.
Portland Colts’ Kinghorn said his side was pleased to have a number of players capable of hitting form come finals.
“We should have a lot of blokes who are really keen to get going,” he said.
“We had some really good numbers at training on Tuesday night which has been a struggle for us during the season, and fingers crossed come game day we’ll have a full deck of players available that we can choose from.
“Obviously you don’t want to put any pressure on anyone specifically but guys like Dylan Barr and Marcus Bunney are proven finals performers.”