Brothers and Colts fly the flag for Clarence
BROTHERS and Coffs Harbour Colts will battle for the crown of Wykes Tyrepower night cricket competition champions at McKittrick Park tonight.
Eight teams entered but only Coffs Colts, a quality team led by former Westlawn captain Andrew Firth, and Brothers, an exciting blend of youthful talent and experienced heads, have survived for a shot at the Neil and Coral Frame Shield.
Coffs Colts knocked out Souths and ran down Westlawn to reach the decider in their first year in the competition, while on the other side of the draw Brothers accounted for both Harwood and Tucabia-Copmanhurst.
Firth said his squad had faced some up and downs in the competition and were well prepared for any situation forced by the flip of the coin.
“All the boys are really pumped after our good win against Westlawn,” he said.
“If I win the toss I'll want to set a score and let my bowlers defend it.
“(But) after coming from behind on Monday I'm confident we would also be able to chase down a score.”
The final should be a cagey affair with both teams unsure of each other's strengths and weaknesses.
“I don't have as much knowledge of Brothers as I did in the last game against Westlawn,” Firth said.
“I know the games of Brad (Robertson) and Michael (Summers), but I don't know a lot about their young kids.
“We can't worry about what others do, we just have to worry about what we do.”
Brothers vice-captain Michael Summers warned his players not to worry about their rivals and instead concentrate on the things that got them to the final.
“If we continue to play good cricket and work to our plans we should come out on top,” he said.
“We just have to stick to fundamentals and keep on top of them.”
Firth could also create history tonight if Coffs prevails. He would become the first person to captain the winning side two years running with two different teams.
He captained Westlawn's night side to victory last year.
However, Coffs Colts will have to overcome a Brothers team which has done away with two of the Premier League's heavy hitters, Harwood and Tucabia-Copmanhurst.
“Brad Robertson will be our main focus ... he would be their best player,” Firth said.
“We get him we can put pressure on the rest of the team.”
Tonight's match will begin at 5.45pm at McKittrick Park and will be umpired by Jeff Hackett and Terry Brien.