RAIDERS should rattle off the remaining 85 runs required for victory against Centrals on day two of round 12 in Traralgon and district cricket, and enjoy some batting practice in preparation for an almost certain semi-final appearance next week.
They have stormed into premiership calculations and the timely return of Brad Knowles to the bowling attack has seen them become a genuine challenger.
Centrals need to bowl well and get something out of the match as they too will have a semi-final next week.
Gormandale v Ex Students
THE Tigers have 247 on the board and will be keen to end a disappointing year on a high note.
Ex Students opener Greg Munro has been in super touch with 293 runs at better than 40 and his wicket will be vital.
The prolific Jordan Gilmore (360 runs at 51.43) and Rick Battista (270 runs at 38.57) will both be keen to bank some more runs and keep the Sharks unbeaten ahead of finals. Shaun Barbour and Adam Brady will be instrumental with the ball if the Tigers are to cause an upset. Gormandale must attack from the get-go, as an outright victory still leaves them a long shot at the four if Centrals can produce a miracle comeback.
Glengarry v CATS
GLENGARRY will finish top of the table should they finish off CATS in this game.With 268 on the board Glengarry should romp home and enter the semi-finals in great touch.
CATS will be looking forward to the end of a long year but will endeavour to bat their 80 overs all the same.
Rory Hare and Barney Webber both need centuries if CATS are to cause a huge upset.
Rovers v Imperials
CHASING 230 and already 2/13, Rovers look set to go out with a whimper and miss finals after a pre Christmas run that promised so much. Dean Gillard and Simon Duff – both averaging better than 25 this season are at the crease and must score a bulk of the runs with help from Peter Ingwersen.
Imperials’ spinners have been in good touch of late; Brad Sizeland, Nathan Campbell and Luke Henderson should be good enough to bowl Imperials to a win and finish the season on a high.
Churchill v Traralgon West
CHURCHILL needs another 150 to win and should do it easily.
At numbers six and seven respectively on the season batting charts John Keighran (334 runs at 47.71) and Nick Duncan (329 runs at 36.56) will be out to add to their tallies.
The West’s bowling will be tested fully and Corey Rogers will be called upon to send down plenty of overs.