IT’S crunch time for Mick Summers’ Brothers team at Ulmarra today, when it takes on an in-form Westlawn outfit.
With their season on the line, Brothers will be after vital points in a bid to secure a final birth.
For Daniel Amos and his team, they would like nothing better than to send the 2010 premiers packing.
Losing last year’s grand final against Brothers is still fresh in Amos’s mind but according to the Westlawn skipper today’s match is all about momentum.
“Of course we’d love to beat them but for us it’s maintaining momentum coming into the finals,” Amos said.
“We have been playing some pretty good cricket of late and we have managed to grab second position on the table. I think the only way we can be knocked out of second is if one of the other teams gets an outright result.”
If Westlawn is to topple last season’s title holders it will have to do it without the services of Matt Lobsey, who has been in devastating form with the ball recently and only last round ripped through the Tucabia batting line-up, taking six wickets for the match.
Add the unavailability of fellow strike-bowler Nathan Blanch and suddenly Westlawn’s pace attack is looking thin.
“Matt is unavailable this week but is right to play in week two and Nathan is still recovering from a thumb injury,” Amos said. “We still have Rohan (Hackett), John Blanch and Skully (Tony Blanch) to do the bulk of the bowling.”
Amos said his top-order batsmen needed to continue their recent run of success if they were any chance of making an impact in the finals.
“Our batsmen seem to be going a lot better in recent weeks. They seem to be hitting their straps at the right end of the season,” he said. “Brothers have a good bowling attack and we’ll need to keep a close eye on Ryan Lynch and Corey Bertalli.
“Corey is always dangerous with the ball and moves the ball around.”
How the points are allocated
7 for a first-innings win
1 for a loss
12 for an outright win
4 for a washout
0.1 points for every run
0.2 points for every wicket