Battle of the top guns



ANTICIPATION for round four of the Neilson Builders Cup is building; some sides have already seen their finals aspirations severely dented, while another couple look secure.

Glengarry v Churchill

THE match of the round pits two undefeated sides against each other.

Glengarry will hope the Marks Brothers make big scores for new spinner Ryan Delaney and Ben Julin to bowl at.

The Cobras have John Keighran in terrific touch while Ben Kearns scored a brilliant undefeated ton last week.

On form Churchill look the goods.

CATS v Toongabbie

THIS is a monumental game for both teams.

The early season prediction had CATS in the top four, but the side has struggled to be zip from three, while Toongabbie has won just once.

CATS need Barney Webber to score big, with support from Brett Chapman, Corbin Sutherland and Jamie Cochrane, and the steady bowling of Conor Sloyan and Ryan Foulkes will be required.

Toongabbie went down badly last week and need to bounce back.

John Mayman and Steve Nicholls will be out for a long stay at the crease, while Tom Shippen and Jason Veneman hold the key with the ball.

At home CATS to edge it.

Imperials v Raiders

IMPERIALS will go in as underdog but has battled hard and is improving.

Brad Sizeland and Alex Butler have been excellent and Joel Randall has started the year well with the ball.

Raiders won two before a narrow loss last week and need to bank this game to push for the final four.

Brad Knowles has been outstanding with bat and ball, and young guns Kurt Holt, Alex Lawson, Matt Dyke and Liam Maynard are all adapting well to A grade cricket.

Raiders to win.

Traralgon West v Centrals

TRARALGON West will fancy their chances of a huge boilover in this game.

Their second innings performance showed marked improvement in a big loss against Gormandale last week.

Much will depend on Jon Bell, Brenton Howe and Tim Fitch in the batting department while Richard Halloran will need to strike early.

Centrals caused an upset last game defeating Toongabbie and one man stole the show.

Jarrod Allan will be called on again for his heroics along with Corey Pollard and Mark Fenech.

Centrals should be too good.

Rovers v Gormandale

COMING off the bye Rovers will look for a competitive effort in their clash against the ladder leaders.

Simon Duff, Nilantha Thillekarathna and Peter Ingwersen will all be required to dig in and make runs.

Nathan Dunstone will lead the bowling.

The Tigers have been impressive so far after a limited preseason and look to be hitting some form.

The bowling has been very tight with Stu Anderson, Shaun Barbour, Adam Brady and Will Cheatley proving hard to get away.

Adrian Burgiel, Kent Hammond and Al Jenkin look to be in good form.

Gormandale too strong.