Local cricket to resume

BDCL South Cricket Club

After a four-week break over Christmas and the New Year, men’s cricket resumes this weekend.

In A Grade both North and West will be looking to consolidate their position at the head of the Musician’s Club Premiership ladder where they are only separated by percentage.

Central and South have a fair bit of work to do in the second half of the season to bridge the gap between themselves and the top two sides. One side however, is guaranteed at least a semi-final berth.

North must be looking forward to the second half of the season as they sit on top of the ladder with the knowledge that Tobias Hack only started to find some form with the bat just before the Christmas break and all-rounder Jordan Vella only returned to cricket two weeks before the Christmas break after being kept out of the game by a persistent football injury. The Bulldogs will have their fingers crossed that Ben Jurd can continue with his stellar form with the bat which saw him net him 350 runs before the break.

West will be content with their pre-Christmas form as they continue their quest for a what you might call a three-peat of premierships. They will be pleased with the improved form shown by Paddric Attard in the early games and satisfied with their batting efforts considering that reliable performer Max Everuss had a lean trot with the willow in the pre-Christmas games.

The possible return of all-rounder Matt Handberg will bolster the Robins’ stocks in the second half of the season as he will stiffen their batting line-up and provide a reliable spin bowling option.

Central always struggle a little in their early games after Christmas given that their side is made up predominately of schoolteachers and several may still be still out of town on leave. There is always a chance that the Magpies however, will pick up a couple of good players amongst their batch of new teachers who come to town and this may improve their depth.

Jarred Paull missed a fair bit of cricket before the Christmas break and struggled a little with form in the games he did play. A return to his best form would be a huge help for the Magpies in the second half of the season.

Despite not winning a game in the first half of the season South will take some confidence from the fact that they strung together a couple of good scores of 150-plus runs just before Christmas. Tristen Smith gave their batting a much-needed boost while Nick Christos proved competitive with both bat and ball.

The return of Matt Gray just before the break also bolstered the Roos’ depth and they will be hoping that he can return to his best form in the second half of the season.

North meet West at the Alma Oval today in the match of the round with North expected to come out on top due to their superior batting depth in a very even contest while South get their best opportunity of winning a game for the season against Central at the Jubilee Oval. If the Roos don’t win this game it could be a long second half of the season.

In B Grade today West are expected to prove too strong for a South side at the Norm Fox Sporting Complex while Warriors are expected to just fall in against North at the Zinc Oval in what promises to be a very good game. Central have the bye.

The women will resume their most interesting season on Friday, February 2.

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