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BDCA 2023: Leschenault and Marist only one game from chance at grand final glory

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Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Leschenault's Tyne Dodds enters Saturday's preliminary final in good form.
Camera IconLeschenault's Tyne Dodds enters Saturday's preliminary final in good form. Credit: Justin Fris/South Western Times

On the back of an incredible home and away season, Leschenault have been eying off a chance to reach the 2022-23 BDCA grand final.

These plans hit a hurdle two weeks ago, when the Green Caps were narrowly beaten by three wickets in the second semifinal against Colts at home.

But with plenty of time to regroup, and with more experience in their starting XI than ever before, is Saturday finally the day when Leschenault can reach the promised land?

While senior figures have been invaluable for the Green Caps, they could also get a bumper performance out of teenager Tyne Dodds, who was nothing short of sensational during last weekend’s Peel Cricket Carnival while on duty for the Wellington Districts Cricket Association.

In his final junior carnival representing Wellington, Dodds smashed 207 off 157 balls against Peel Maroon, which included 25 boundaries and a six.

He also put on a phenomenal 225-run partnership for the third wicket with Devon Oelofse, which is a new association record.

Of course Marist, who are no strangers to big occasions, will be confident they have enough in the tank to send the Green Caps out in straight sets.

If you adore the discipline of spin bowling, this match is likely to have you clutching your latest edition of Wisden tightly.

Between Brayden Clarke (Marist), Shehzad Gondal (Leschenault) and Cory Fitt (Marist), a surge of wickets could fall at any given time, which could add to the drama which naturally presides over a preliminary final.

Play begins at 11am on Saturday at Leschenault Recreation Park.

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