The Border Watch : January 31st 2014
50 CRICKET Fight on for last two spots in Barber Shield REVOR A Two day format makes welcome return JACKSON on for last two spots in Barber Shield REVOR A Two day format makes welcome return JACKSON email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org BARBER Shield cricket returns this weekend with Round 5 sure to be hotly contested. Penola faces Mil Lel at McCorquindale Park while Kongorong will do battle with South Gambier at Blue Lake Sports Park in the two biggest matches of the round. In the other matches West takes on Kalangadoo at Malseed Park while North Sportsmen's hosts East Gambier at Marist Park. Well into the season West and North are looking good to remain in the top two positions, but from there the situation could become quite interesting, depending on those two big games. And the ball could be the key to victory, with big scores a real possibility for any team in the two main matches, unless the bowling attack can take the upper hand. South v Kongorong SOUTH is currently holding on to third position, but with only a very slender lead over Kongorong. Kongorong has had a mixed season, with wins against the struggling Kalangadoo in Round 2 and East in Round 4. Its losses came at the hands of sixth placed Mil Lel in Round 1 and fifth placed Penola in Round 3. While South may not seem to be the powerhouse of recent years, a draw in Round 3 due to the weather has robbed the side of that extra win against East, after posting a 207 run first innings score, which would have consolidated its position. South's only loss came at the hands of West, on the back of a rampaging 124 from Jason McRae. But tight bowling also contributed to the loss, with West containing the usual free hitting top order, limiting South to just 152 runs. If Kongorong is to take the points in this match, day one will be crucial. With bat or ball it needs to step up and take the match to its more fancied opponent. With the bat, Michael Leese, Tom Glynn and Jake Blackwell will be the key, and if they can get the team off to a good start anything is possible. With the ball Glynn will again feature, as will Adam Maidment, Aaron Lightbody and Ben Hentschke. South will rely on the usual suspects – Dave Somerfield with bat and ball, likewise Alex Hentschke and Kieran Ashby, and Robert Drenthen is more than capable of performing with both. Throw in Patrick Glynn, Matthew Bowering and Michael Sims and South ALL-ROUND PERFORMANCE: South’s Alex Hentschke could be one of the keys to success with bat and ball against Kongorong in Round 5 of the Barber Shield. certainly look the goods. This should be an intriguing match, with South coming out on top. Penola v Mil Lel PENOLA will need to be on the ball if it is to make the finals. Mil Lel might be lagging one position down on the ladder but a win could put an end to Penola's chances, especially if Kongorong manages to take the points over South. Penola has struggled to string together a solid innings in the rain shortened matches this season, but with the perfect opportunity against North, it failed to impress. While Jase Bateman was missing from the line up in that match, his return should provide an extra spark at the top order. Jack Schulz, Oliver March, Michael McGurk and George Kidman all provide plenty of batting depth for Penola. Penola also boasts a bowling attack as long as its batting line up, with Kidman, McGurk, Brad Maney, March, and the 50 - The Border Watch, Friday, January 31, 2014 list goes on, but will need to piece it all together. If it fires with bat and ball Penola will be a very dangerous team come finals time. Mil Lel began the season with a flurry, defeating Kongorong in a rain shortened match, but that was all she wrote. It also suffered a draw in round three, but with West as its opponent in that round, it was probably a godsend. Kalangadoo took it to task last round so Mil Lel will be looking to bounce back. The top order of Kerren Wingard, Joe Fox and Mark Smith will need to improve, and it remains to be seen whether the bowling attack could contain Penola should Bateman, Schulz and March get off to a start. Penola has too much to lose in this round and should take the points in the end. West v Kalangadoo WEST would have to be hot favourites for the flag this season. It has shown it has the fire- BIG EFFORT: A big effort will be required from Penola’s bowling attack, such as Brad Maney, if it is to take the points over Mil Lel in Round 5 of the Barber Shield. power to mix it with the best in the shorter formats – T20 and one day – but whether it can sustain that form in the two-day format remains to be seen. Quite simply, West bats deep. Peter Hawthorne, Nick Martin, Kayne Badman and Jason McRae are all capable of scoring runs at a rapid rate, and there is no reason they can't perform on the two day stage – in fact, they proved that against South, and despite a couple of failures, the team was able to take a comprehensive victory over the reigning champions. With the ball the likes of Shane Dycer, Badman, Bray Stephenson and Derek Sargeant can cause plenty of damage. Quite simple, this could be a nightmare game for Kalangadoo, despite its last round win over Mil Lel. North v East AGAIN this could be a bad couple of days for East. It is currently languishing at the bottom of the ladder without a win to its name, while in contrast North is sitting pretty in second position with three victories and just the one loss to West. Michael Johnston, Damian Kenny, Mitchell Lewis, Michael Silvy and Jake Schutz are all capable of putting runs on the board. Its bowling attack can rip an opposition apart, with Tim Young, Alex Bowd, Nick McInerney and Kenny all dangerous. Throw in a couple of solid all-rounders like Silvy and Johnston and North is also looking hot to challenge for the flag. Barring something cata- strophic, East simply has no chance in this round. IN FORM: West Gambier’s Shane Stevens has been in devastating form with the bat, seeing the ball well in the XXXX Gold Twenty20 Cup competition. Twenty/20 finals now the flavour THE final outstanding game of the XXXX Gold Twenty/20 Cup cricket competition was played Wednesday night with Chappell-Whitty Academy taking a tight win over Glencoe. Glencoe batted first and was bundled out in the 18th over for just 72 runs, and while CWA trundled along in its run chase, it passed the total with the loss of just six wickets to remain unbeaten at the top of the division two ladder. The finals are now well underway, with quarter finals beginning yesterday and the remaining division one matches continuing tonight. At the time of The Border Watch going to print yesterday, matches were progressing with Mil Lel up against North Sportsmen's at Frew Park and Penola facing Kongorong at Marist Park. Tonight will see West take on Millicent at Frew Park with East up against South at Marist Park. In the knockout format, only the victors will progress to the semi-finals next week. Both South and West, who comfortably finished top of their respective pools, will need to be at their best, with a loss in concentration and a bad night spelling disaster. West's big hitters should prove far too strong for Millicent, with the likes of Jason McRae and Shane Stevens in devastating form. Likewise South should have far too much fire- power for East, but in the T20 format, anything is possible. Division 2 sides will begin their finals matches next week. Games begin at 5.30pm. VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au TAKING CHARGE: Chappell-Whitty Academy’s Dylan Silvy organises his field during the Twenty/20 match against Glencoe on Wednesday night.
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