Tucabia meet Coutts Crossing in Ellem Oval blockbuster
TODAY's major semi-final in the GDSC Premier League will be a blockbuster.
GI Hotel Tucabia- Copmanhurst was without rival this season, and proved its class by winning the minor premiership by 12 points, ahead of Coutts Crossing Tavern.
Their form has been top-notch throughout the season, led by star all-rounder Matt Pigg.
The veteran has been in fine form this season, scoring 390 runs (fifth best) and has taken 40 wickets - the most in the competition.
His impact was noted by both squads, with Coutts captain Tim Tilse saying he was one of the biggest threats to his team claiming victory.
"Matt has been on fire," Tilse said. "He and Bobby (McKenzie) are probably the best opening batsmen in the competition."
But Coutts will fight fire with fire as they open the bowling with arguably the best pair of openers.
As bad as having no cricket for the past two weeks was, Tilse said the extra time allowed his players to get over their injuries.
"It is going to be an interesting battle between them," he said.
"Chardy has been great for us all year and we will have Bear (Brandon Honeybrook) back to bowling at 100% as well.
"The best positive we can get out of losing those games is the fact we have had the chance to fully recover from the injuries."
While much has been written of Chard and Honeybrook's impact, Dan Blackman has taken his fair share of wickets this season.
For that reason, Tucabia all-rounder Chris Adamson identified Blackman as one of the more dangerous Coutts bowlers.
"Dan is quite under-rated when it comes to their bowlers," Adamson said.
"He can swing the ball both ways and is very dangerous."
Being a semi-final ,the stakes are high - the winner securing the first spot in the grand final.
Grounds committee chairman Jeff Hackett confirmed the game would be played at Ellem Oval, with a "very good cricket wicket" ready to meet the players.
"The ground looks beautiful," Hackett said.
"The wicket area is looking great and the pitch should stay quite hard for the game."
Hackett and Bruce Baxter will umpire the match, which has an earlier than usual starting time of 12.30pm and will continue at 10am tomorrow.