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Westlawn v Tucabia White at Ulmarra

WESTLAWN’S Tony Blanch was working overtime yesterday in a bid to have the turf wickets up to scratch for today’s cruicial games.

And no game is more cruicial than the clash between second-placed Westlawn and fouth-placed Tucabia White.

“If all games are washed out then it looks like White will be in the semis and Tucabia Blue will miss out,” Blanch said as he was busy rolling the McKittrick Park deck.

“We need to concentrate on our game and get first innings points ... it’s that simple."

Easts v Tucabia Blue at McKittrick Park

UNLIKE their counterparts Tucabia White, Blue will be desperate for some game time against Easts to push for outright points and a chance to sneak into the top four.

A total of 22 wickets fell last Saturday between the two sides and with the wicket promising to once again help the seamers an outright victory to Blue is not out of the question.

With first innings points under their belts, Blue have Easts on the ropes in their second innings at 2-14. Batting will be tough, with runs hard to come by.

Coutts Crossing v Brothers at Ellem Oval

CAN Coutts finish the season on a positive note? In reply to Brothers’ first innings total of 124, Coutts are reeling at 5-77 but not all is lost.

A reversal of the batting order last week by Coutts captain Tim Tilse has given his side a real chance of pulling off an upset.

Coutts still have plenty of batting power to come through Ken Willis, Israel Simpson, Troy Henwood and Dean Hambly.

Brothers have strike bowler Ryan Lynch returning to boost their bowling stocks but miss all-rounder and spin bowler Troy McLaren.

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