Extra game before Christmas break

THERE will be a feast of Premier League cricket this weekend with sides playing two 40-over games before the Christmas break.

It will be a good chance for teams placed down the table to gain valuable competition points, with a game today and tomorrow.

After six rounds of the competition, Tucabia White remain atop of the ladder on 59 points, ahead of Westlawn (56) and Harwood (50).

Tucabia Blue sit in fourth position on 44 points, just ahead of South Services who, with an outright win earlier in the season, are placed fifth on 43 competition points. Brothers are close behind on 41 points, which is surprising considering the talent they have on offer. Easts (33) and Coutts Crossing (20) will need to take advantage of this weekend’s format if they are to press for a semi-final position.

On Saturday, the clash between Westlawn and Tucabia White should be a cracker. Westlawn will be at full strength and Tucabia White will be missing the services of Bob McKenzie and Shaun Swan. “We have a couple out on the Saturday but we still have a strong team,” Tucabia White captain Chris Adamson said.

“Westlawn are going well at the moment and have a couple of good bats. BJ (Brendan Purser) and Brad Inmon are both dangerous.”

Easts have reached the stage where they need to string together a couple of wins to force their way up the ladder. It won’t be easy at the weekend with games the two Tucabia teams. A lot will depend on the all-round performance of Nick Ada, who has the ability to change a game with either bat or ball.

Brothers should have little trouble disposing of Coutts on Saturday although their clash with Westlawn on Sunday will be a real test to see if they can match it with the top sides.

Harwood will be favourites to grab the points against South Services on Saturday and on Sunday they should make it two in a row with a win against last-placed Coutts.

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