Black Caps playing to connect four

MORWELL will be chasing its fourth consecutive women’s Gippsland Cricket League flag in a row when it faces Sale-Maffra in Sunday’s grand final at Keegan Street Reserve.

The Black Caps went through the regular season undefeated and go in to the decider as favourite against a young east Gippsland side contesting its first grand final.

Despite Morwell’s dominance of the competition in recent years, last week’s grand final preview was a tight affair as the visitor fell just eight runs shy of ruining the league leader’s unbeaten season.

Morwell boasts an experienced line-up and will look for captain and competition leading run scorer Robin Fitzpatrick to continue her brilliant form with the bat, with assistance from top order bats Megan Clymo, Lynda Walker, Ash Bone, Ryley Reid, Simone Clymo and Bec Craythorn.

In the bowling department youngsters Zoe Treloar, Kristen Turrell, Bridie Kimpton and league leading wicket taker Taylah Kilpatrick will strive to pick up early wickets when their time comes to bowl.

Sale-Maffra has been led well all year by Tamara Hall and Megen Wrigglesworth, both competent all-rounders who must play a major role for their side to stand a chance.

Opening bat Holly Whitford and hard hitting middle order player Rachel Drenen also pose a threat.

Morwell is chasing its ninth Martha Claridge premiership shield.

The members of the Latrobe Valley side are: Robin Fitzpatrick, Megan Clymo, Ryley Reid, Lynda Walker, Ash Bone, Simone Clymo, Rebecca Craythorn, Zoe Treloar, Bridie Kimpton, Taylah Kilpatrick, Kristen Turrell, Bubbles Solomon and Sophie Fitzpatrick.