Silverware on the line in TDCA

With only two games left before the Christmas break it could not be more important for the Traralgon and District Cricket Association’s A grade teams to snare vital wins leading into the New Year.

They are also the last one day games before Country Week, so from an individual viewpoint these matches also provide a chance for players to stick their hands up for selection come January.

The match of the round this week is being played for silverware as Churchill host CATS for the Bushfire Cup.

It’s not too often you can guarantee a batsman will make a big score but King Cobra John Keighran’s last four scores against CATS have included three hundreds and an 80.

He will be setting himself up to open old wounds against a team he enjoys playing.

CATS on the other hand still have not had a batsman go on and make a big individual score and they won’t get a better opportunity than on the flat Andrews Park deck.

The match provides Ben Julin and Josh Keyhoe with a good chance to convert their starts this week.

Churchill should win this comfortably with Andrew Shepherd and Keighran both to make big runs while CATS player Stephen Morgan has a great opportunity to take wickets and push for Country Week selection.

MTY Raiders v Gormandale

MTY Raiders travel to Stoddart Park this weekend to take on Gormandale.

The two most successful clubs of the past 15 years find themselves in an unfamiliar position fighting for wins at nine and 10 on the ladder respectively.

The Yinnar big guns are yet to fire with only Matt Dyke and Liam Maynard getting runs of note.

Gormandale are in a similar boat as only two batsmen have made more than 100 runs for the season.

Raiders enter the match as favourites and will hope Jason MacFarlane can ignite his season – and his team in the process – with a hard hitting innings to snag a win.

Imperials v Rovers

The Imperials batsmen will relish playing at Duncan Cameron Park when they take on Rovers.

The Devils bats will enjoy the flat hard wicket and the opening partnership of Matt Hibbs and Stuart Jones is vital to their team’s chances.

If they can see off Todd Mann and let the middle order play their natural game it will give Imperials a great chance.

But Rovers are flying high, after winning three consecutive games.

The young side is really finding its feet but cannot afford to get ahead of itself or it could give up the points which would knock it out of the top six ahead of the bye.

Ex Students v Centrals

Ex Students are riding high coming off their Kookaburra Cup win on Sunday.

The Sharks take on a struggling Centrals outfit who have not been able to maintain the form they had at the start of the season.

Centrals need Corey Pollard to do the damage with the ball early and cause a ripple through the Sharks’ top order otherwise Lee Stockdale’s team will have a feeding frenzy at the Traralgon Recreation Reserve.

Traralgon West v Glengarry

Traralgon West finish up the round matching up against Glengarry at St Paul’s.

The test for Glengarry will be their mindset coming into the game and not just thinking they will win.

Traralgon West has the ability to crunch a big score and with the ball coming on from the Glengarry bowlers it might help the likes of Tim Fitch and Matt Kirkham play their shots. Glengarry should still be too strong here but a scare might be on the cards.