The Narrandera Carpheads A Grade side will take on the fourth placed Phantoms Cricket Club in their last home game of the season starting this Saturday and concluding on Saturday March 3.
With a top two spot still up for grabs in the two day finals series, the A Grade Carpheads need to have an outright victory over The Phantoms to jump the L&D Ferrets into second spot on the A Grade ladder and secure the much sought after double chance in the finals series.
The Carpheads are currently sitting in third place, 15 points behind the L&D Ferrets on the A Grade ladder, however, with L&D Ferrets having the bye in the last round before the finals, an outright victory for the Carpheads would see them gain the 15 points required plus three bonus points for bowling the Phantoms out in the second innings.
A Grade captain Brent Lawrence said that a top two finish really comes down to how his team over the next two weekends execute their skills with both bat and ball.
“Our destiny is really in our hands in this final round before the finals commence.
“An outright win is definitely achievable if all of our players turn up with the level of fight, aggression and concentration required to succeed in the two day format.
“We let ourselves down with the bat last weekend and I know the level of pride each player has in their individual performance will see us turn it around this weekend.”
The Narrandera Carpheads A Grade team for the match starting this Saturday is: B Lawrence (c), J Sullivan (vc) (wk), J Anderson, J Doyle, M Foster, R Argus, M Tilyard, L Gooley, J Williamson, C Irons, L Argus (first week) and R Rehwinkle (second week).
A barbecue for all A, B and C grade players will be held this Saturday night in the Charles Sturt Hotel Beer Garden from 6.30pm.
Narrandera B Grade Carpheads are looking forward to finishing off the 2017-8 cricket season positively with a win on Saturday that would secure their fifth straight minor premiership in this grade.
The Carps play L&D Yellow who are coming off a solid win last week and will be looking to finish their season with a bang, as they can’t make finals.
At this stage Narrandera has only one change from last week, with opening batsman Ash Cabban returning for Lincoln Gooley.
Cabban solidifies the top of the order, allowing Dillion Penhall to bat at number three where he’s performed well this year.
Together with Jono Schofield these players have been the team’s three most consistent batsmen this year so they will be looked upon to get the Carps team started on the right foot.
“Then the middle order of Jarrod O’Brien, Tom Butterfield and Connor Vearing can really go on the front foot,” said Carps captain Dave Kroek.
“With the bowling Brodie Perram has been great this year and did a really good job opening with Schofield last week.
“We’ll look to those guys to take early wickets then the likes of Wyatt Gilbert, Rohan Stimson and Oliver Park to bowl well through the middle.
“Hopefully everyone will contribute when they’re asked and we can have a good team win to get us ready for the finals in two weeks time,” said Kroek.