Tigers on the hunt for top spot

THE all-Tiger clash between Mirboo North and Morwell is crucial for both sides in determining central Gippsland cricket’s final ladder positions.

A big win to Morwell could see it snatch top spot back from Latrobe, while Mirboo North will jump into second place if it wins.

Rob Phoenix, Shane Peters and Jesse Giardina are a daunting prospect for any bowling lineup, while Josh Taylor, Liam Smit, Steve Rogers and Dale Banks will all be refreshed after having the bye last round.

For Morwell, Jackson Beani and Craig Giddens will both need to fire at the top of the order.

The middle order is less settled with Gavin Bailey, Glenn Bone and Mark Cukier shuffling up and down the card with Rory Hare the constant at first-drop.

Tim Dowe, Davin Charleston and Brendan Brincat are the key seamers, while the spin duo of Cukier and Riyaz Pathan could be a major weapon if the deck is turning.

AFTER an embarrassing defeat last week against Latrobe the Ships need to bounce back with a confident performance.

Captain Rhys Holdsworth is their key man and will need to shake off an arm injury, while James Blaser is dangerous if he gets away to a good start.

John Asmussen is solid in the middle order while Jackson Noonan and Todd Mann are able to bat much higher in the order and shoulder more responsibility if required.

Noonan and Mann are the main men with the ball, while Daniel Heathcote, Blair Clymo and Liam White can all take wickets.

Jeeralang-Boolarra sits in fourth place and a win will go a long way towards confirming a finals place in its maiden A grade campaign.

Batting inconsistency has been the main problem for the Panthers, with Stan Urbanic and the Heath brothers Luke and Ben shouldering much of the workload.

They will be pleased Ossy Brennan got runs under his belt last week.

Urbanic and Dillon Leys are capable leaders of the bowling attack but need more support from the rest of the side.

LATROBE unexpectedly sits atop the A grade ladder and a win this week over struggling Moe would be a big step towards sealing the minor premiership.

The Sharks have been inconsistent so far this campaign, having lost to Yallourn North and Trafalgar, yet are the only team to beat Mirboo North.

Captain Brendan Evans needs wickets but, with the pace trio of Tyron Gamage, Chris Johnson and Jamie Brierley firing, his middling returns have not been hurting the side.

Anthony Bloomfield and Justin Vajler should become available for selection and add depth to the order.

For Moe, captain Andrew Philip remains the rock standing between the Lions and a low total.

Sean Spiteri and Aaron Walshe are the next most experienced bats and need to produce more to support their skipper.

Ayden Kelly has been having a horror run with the bat and will be looking to get some runs under his belt, while Kayne O’Connell needs to produce runs at the top of the order.