Heat is on prior to break
It’s one against two, three versus four and five takes on six on Saturday as the Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association first grade finishes its program prior to a two-week break for the upcoming annual Alcohol Think Again country championships in Perth.
Last week’s hectic “Bunbury Bash” Twenty20 round resulted in no changes in the points table which means there is a six-point buffer between top-placed Eaton and Leschenault – with Colts a further six points back in third.
Hay Park, who sit in fourth on 25 points, are well clear of the top three, with Marist and Dalyellup Beach rounding out the bottom of the table.
The only teams with a chance to improve their footing are the Green Caps and Colts – but even then, they both need a rare double bonus points victory to even the draw level with the team above them.
The Green Caps have climbed into second place on the back of prolific run-maker Tom Buchanan – who is currently on duty representing WA Country at the national country championships – and take on the potent Eaton Beavers.
In the absence of skipper Buchanan, gun recruit Mat Fink and former Dalyellup Beach coach and top order batsmen Kurt D’Agostino propelled Leschenault to the biggest win of last week’s six-match Twenty20 program.
Reigning champions Colts closed the gap a little on Leschenault with two wins last week against cellar dwellers Dalyellup and Marist but will need a huge lift to haul in the two bonus points required against Hay Park to catch the Green Caps.
This week Colts front the Redbacks and with Josh Topliss, Jake Boyle, Ethan Kelly and Rory Binnie in the stable, there is plenty of depth to tame the Redbacks.
Redbacks captain Jono Whitney, Frazer Thompson, Reon Tither, Greg Stephens, Shaun Bulman and Graham Yates are an attack equally capable of keeping Colts below the bonus points target.
In the remaining game of the round, Marist take on Dalyellup Beach.
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