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Bobtails eye minor premiership, Green Caps want fourth spot

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Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Eaton skipper Clayton Caltsounis is backing his teammate Liam Renton (pictured) to build on his representative form.
Camera IconEaton skipper Clayton Caltsounis is backing his teammate Liam Renton (pictured) to build on his representative form. Credit: Justin Fris/South Western Times

Saturday’s first grade clash between Eaton and Leschenault at the Eaton Sports Ground will have major ramifications for both sides, irrespective of the final result.

If the Bobtails emerge victorious, they will be crowned minor premiers and enjoy home ground advantage throughout the finals series. If the Green Caps win they cling on to fourth spot.

Leschenault could have to negotiate a major blow prior to the clash, with wicketkeeper Scott Langford receiving a two-game ban from the BDCA tribunal on Tuesday night.

It is understood the Green Caps could appeal Langford’s ban from the dissent-based charge. Should it be overturned, he could be eligible to play against the Bobtails.

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Regardless of who they face, Eaton skipper Clayton Caltsounsis is confident his teammates will end the regular season in style.

“I believe it would take a crazy mathematical equation for us not to finish on top,” he said.

“However a few weeks ago, we spoke about making sure we maintained our good habits heading into the finals.

“We are only worried about what we can control.”

Several first grade regulars — including powerhouse representative batter Arron Quartermaine — performed well during last Saturday’s four-wicket win over Harvey-Benger in second grade, which was welcomed by the Bobtails faithful.

“With Quarters, it was part of his qualification playing twos, but a bit of time out in the middle is always good,” Caltsounsis said.

“Bowling-wise, there were a few good signs from some of the young blokes. It was also nice to see Jaxon Sims get some runs at the top of the order.

“In addition, Cody Johnson, who has played a few first grade games and gone back down to second grade, finished not out during the run chase and helped us get over the line.”

Eaton quicks Jacob Wintle and Liam Renton both looked sharp while on Country Cup duty for the BDCA last Sunday in Harvey and Caltsounsis is backing them in to replicate the feat against Leschenault.

“It is a shame the BDCA boys could not get it done against Albany— but I think overall the rep season has been pretty positive, which is another plus I reckon,” he said.

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