Collie confident of beating Eaton

Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times

Valuable points will be up for grabs in the final round of the Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association season for 2017.

Marist and Hay Park will meet at Forrest Park North in a renewal of a classic rivalry, while a struggling Dalyellup Beach will host the in-form Colts at Dalyellup College.

Eaton are also struggling at the moment, with the reigning premiers having lost their past two games, and will be looking to turn their form around when they host the bottom-of-the-ladder Collie at the Eaton Sports Ground.

Last time the two teams met was in round one when Collie were bowled out for just 93 chasing Eaton’s total of 177.

The Beavers won the game thanks to an excellent all-round performance from James Hillery, who top scored with 58 runs and took 3-21 with his leg-spin

Coalminers captain Greg Tomasini believes Eaton are vulnerable this weekend.

“They have been a bit fragile with their batting lately,” he said.

“It is a good time to get them, especially before Christmas.”

Tomasini said his young side had been competitive in most games besides their big loss to Colts.

He said he was particularly impressed with 16-year-old batsman Austin Kent, who had scored 99 runs despite being in just his first season of A-Grade cricket.

“He has been batting at four for us and contributing,” he said.

Tomasini said he felt the younger players such as Austin and Brayden Kent and Ayden Parkin would only get better as the season wore on.

“It is sort of a re-introduction to A-Grade cricket for them as they got a taste of it a few years ago,” he said.

Tomasini said the Coalminers’ batting line-up would be boosted after the Christmas break when former skipper Seth White returned to the side.

Work commitments have kept White from playing so far this season, but he will add necessary experience to Collie, having scored 330 runs last season at an average of 30 in the B-Grade competition.

“He has a good cricketing brain and is a good batsman,” he said.

“Seth will shore up our batting line-up as we have had a few collapses this season.”

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