Top guns go head to head
By TONY WHITE
POTENTIAL match winners, all rounders Andrew Firth and Matt Pigg, are expected to play pivotal roles in determining the outcome of tonight's exciting South Grafton Ex-Services-Daily Examiner night cricket final at McKittrick Oval between Westlawn Crown Hotel and GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst.
The experienced representative campaigners are fierce competitors, both have the ability to turn a game with either bat or ball and are often the catalyst for inspiration and enthusiasm to their respective teams.
Firth, three-time CRCA Player Of The Year, is widely regarded as the Clarence Valley's best cricketer and Westlawn will be hoping he continues his good night form in the final where he's averaged 43 with the bat and taken vital wickets with his pin point medium pace.
Tucabia's Pigg, who returned to the game mid season, was the star of Tucabia's win over last year's winners South Services on Monday night and first played in a night grand final as a 16-year-old.
Westlawn qualified for the final after topping the ladder.
Firth, nicknamed 'Firthenator,' has respect for Pigg's ability, but believes their respective roles will cancel each other out.
"Over the years I've played with and against Matt," Firth said. "We're both batting all rounders and we'll probably rule each other out.
"I think it will come down to the support players.
"It should be a very good game. Getting off to a good start is the key."
The often laconic Pigg said he too was happy with his improved form which has coincided with a team revival after a slow start to the season.
"We're in with a good show in the final. The whole season doesn't mean much if you don't perform in the final.
Pigg admitted Firth is very important to Westlawn but suggested Tucabia are better placed focusing on its own game.
"I haven't seen Andrew bat and bowl for a season or more. He's just a good consistent player and very competitive," he said.
The final is scheduled to commence at 5.45pm. If the game is cancelled due to wet weather it will be rescheduled for Monday, March 6 at the same time.