Full card of club clashes

South Western Times - - Sport - Ge­orge Good­win

Be­fore the Coun­try Cup cricket se­ries takes cen­tre stage at For­rest Park on Sun­day, lo­cal BDCA sides will con­test a full com­ple­ment of fix­tures a day ear­lier.

At the Ea­ton Sports Ground, the in-form Beavers and Hay Park square off, Marist en­ter­tain Colts at For­rest Park North and Da­lyellup Beach host Leschenault at Da­lyellup Col­lege Oval.

A bonus point from each of their two big vic­to­ries over Da­lyellup Beach and Leschenault has edged the Beavers to the top of the points ta­ble ahead of high-fly­ing Colts.

The Beavers were made to work for vic­tory on their home ground last week by the Green Caps.

This week, the Beavers en­ter­tain in-form Red­backs Jono Whit­ney, Michael Tas­sone, Punya Bahl and Gra­ham Yates, against their heavy­weight bowl­ing at­tack of Steve Bar­ron, skip­per Clint Hew­son, Clay­ton Calt­sou­nis, Ar­ron Quar­ter­maine and Jake Rudd.

Whit­ney, pacey Reon Tither, Matt Stephens, Shaun Bul­man and ris­ing star James Ewing ap­pear to have their work cut out con­tain­ing the ea­ger Beavers’ bat­ting or­der on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Reign­ing pre­miers Colts have been set up this sea­son by ex­cel­lent bat­ting from skip­per Cruize Cial­lella and Mur­ray Good­win.

Marist will throw tal­ented Bray­den Clarke, an ace spin­ner, into the fray along with skip­per Reece O’Con­nell, Al­lan Ut­ter­son, Matt Webb, Ben Ship­ley and Jack Wil­son.

They should be con­fi­dent of a strong show­ing, how­ever, the Blues will need to be wary.

In the re­main­ing game of the round, the Green Caps will be des­per­ate to turn around their for­tunes on the road against the Beach Boys.

They made a solid fist of their loss to pow­er­house Ea­ton last week, with the Buchanan cousins, Kurt D’Agostino and Jarred Quinn tak­ing the plucky vis­i­tors to within a whisker of 200, be­fore the Beavers pow­er­ful bat­ting list cruised home in the run chase.

With their con­cen­trated bat­ting line-up backed by Tim Dyer and Nathan Douch, along with for­mer Da­lyellup coach Matt Fink and Dwayne Franklin, the Green Caps will be con­fi­dent of be­ing com­pet­i­tive for lengthy pe­ri­ods.

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