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North on course to farewell 2022 with win

By Peter Johnston

Strengthened by the return of key players after ‘Test’ duties in Adelaide last weekend, North appears likely to return to the winner’s list for the final game for 2022 to be played at the Alma Oval today.

The Barrier District Cricket League (BDCL) competition breaks for a two-week recess over the Christmas/New Year holiday giving teams the opportunity to regroup and plan for the resumption of competition in mid-January.

Jordan Vella, Riley Bomford and Tom Carruthers return to bolster the North batting and bowling stocks which were found wanting against Central last weekend.

Michael Maalste and Tobias Hack were the only batters to get amongst the runs and the returning trio will undoubtedly stiffen a somewhat fragile North batting line up.

Vella, in particular, is a key strike bowler for the Bulldogs with his off-spinners providing the North bowling attack with much needed variety and penetration.

South has improved over the past few weeks and proved competitive in all their games over this period, which includes a win against Central a couple of weeks ago. The good form of Harry Russell with the bat has played a major part in their revival while Ben Franklyn has been in good form with the ball and has provided greater penetration in their bowling ranks.

Franklyn will need good support from Kane Tyhurst, who took four wickets against top side West last week, if the Roos are to have any chance of keeping the North bats under wraps today. The inclusion of Binu Sebastian provides another option to a South bowling attack that is starting to look fairly competitive.

South have yet to prove they can put a score of around 150 runs on the scoreboard. They broke the three digit barrier for the first time this season last week. If they can build on that to somewhere around 150 they will prove to be very competitive in this contest.

Tobias Hack is due for a really big score and this must be really worrying for the South bowlers. Whether someone else can go really big with Hack remains to be seen. I think North have the available ammunition to finish off the first half of the season with a good win at the expense of the Roos.

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