Wins heat up fi­nal race

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

WINS to both Isis Cricket Club sides have helped set up a tan­ta­lis­ing race to the Di­vi­sion 3 Premier­ship fi­nals.

The Bund­aberg Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion com­pe­ti­tion is as tight as they come, with only 10 points sep­a­rat­ing first from fifth.

More im­por­tantly to lo­cal play­ers, less than half a point sep­a­rates the White and Green sides, and you can be cer­tain play­ers will be keep­ing a close eye on their ri­vals’ re­sults.

Isis White’s Rhett Pope ham­mered 81 in his side’s big win over Broth­ers White on Satur­day.

Not only was it a qual­ity knock for Pope, but the runs helped reap cru­cial bonus points for the club, which is fifth on 95.63.

“We needed those runs to get more bonus points and keep us in touch,” Pope said.

Pope said the ideal sit­u­a­tion would see the club’s sides fin­ish third and fourth, which would avoid an Isis derby in the first week of the fi­nals.

Rod Jensen said the club wouldn’t get too far ahead of it­self, but with only four games left ad­mit­ted now was the time to make their move.

If there’s any date to keep an eye on it is Fe­bru­ary 21, when the fi­nal Isis derby of the sea­son is set to be played at Bund­aberg’s Sal­ter Oval.

There are still two games be­tween now and then, but that game could de­ter­mine which Isis club will fin­ish higher.

“The pres­sure’s on (Green) as we’re com­ing home strong,” Jensen said.

“Our top five or six have been bat­ting well.

“This was my first game as cap­tain so I’m still get­ting used to it.

“It wouldn’t be so bad if you kept the same side each week, but our top six hasn’t re­ally changed.

“Our field­ing has im­proved enor­mously too.

“We haven’t dropped any catches for a few weeks and that let us down early.”

PHOTO: PAUL DON­ALD­SON

RHETT, SET, GO: Rhett Pope smashed 81 to set up Isis White’s big to­tal against Broth­ers White. Pope said he was happy with how he played.

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