The Deniliquin District Cricket Association's 2013/14 season comes to a head tomorrow when RSL hosts Hay in the grand final.February 21, 2014 4:55am
The battle for supremacy in the Deniliquin District Cricket Association will be fought tomorrow when a red-hot RSL Cannons combination meets T20 premier Hay in a highly anticipated grand final showdown.
In what is a re-match of the entertaining T20 final, which Hay won in a thriller, RSL will be without key players Sandy Cheelam (overseas) and Peter Lewis (wedding).
The grand final will be played at Memorial Park’s no. 3 oval from 1pm, and both sides are fresh from a week’s rest after the DDCA declared round 15 a washout.
The Hybrids have faith that their T20 final victory earlier in the season gives them the edge this weekend.
They also defeated RSL in round 12.
But despite losing those games, the Cannons, who are the minor premiers, have been the team to beat for most of the season, with a superb mix of young talent and experience.
Hay on the other hand are capable of anything, with a long batting line-up, as well as a band of top quality bowlers capable of producing big wicket hauls.
Cannons skipper Pat Keane is confident his batting line-up will stand tall, and believes that’s where the match will be won.
‘‘We have to make a good score if we want to win. Probably around 160-180,’’ Keane said.
‘‘I reckon we can do it. We’re batting on MP3 and Rick Parks and Ollie Draffin are both in good form.’’
Rock solid Ted Eason will open the batting for RSL tomorrow, alongside the explosive Draffin.
The big-hitting Parks comes in at first drop, followed by Mitch O’Brien and the experienced Keane.
Ben Nisbet, Matt Johnson and Kyle Ives secure the middle order. The tail includes Jonty Tubb, Liam Chaplin and Daniel Nisbet, all capable of runs.
RSL/West’s bowling is led by pacemen Daniel Nisbet and Johnson, who will open the bowling tomorrow.
Spinner O’Brien has recovered from a nasty wrist injury and could also be a key asset.
Hay’s batting line-up includes the in-form Ben Holmes, young star Luke Arandt, veteran Scott Wall and skipper Ian Bunyan.
There is very little separating these two sides, which should make for a tight and very entertaining final.
Once again the Cannons have breezed through the season but they still haven’t won the flag since one half of its franchise, West, won in 2001/02.
Tomorrow’s game starts at 1pm, and will be umpired by Greg Collins and Warren Hunt.
Selection: RSL Cannons.
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