Marist seek momentum

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
The Blues will be keen to extend their good form into the new year on Saturday against Leschenault.
Camera IconThe Blues will be keen to extend their good form into the new year on Saturday against Leschenault. Credit: Justin Fris

Marist will look to build on their impressive T20 grand final win over Hay Park when they host Leschenault at Forrest Park on Saturday.

Both sides have played exceptional cricket so far this season and will eye this match as an opportunity to generate positive momentum heading into the second half of the season.

A real war of attrition looms in this match, as both sides possess quality batting and bowling options.

Given the 60-over nature of the contest, the side which wins the toss should be keen to post a solid total and give their bowling attack plenty to work with.

Marooned on the bottom of the table, the Eaton Beavers host arch rivals Colts up at the Eaton Sports Ground and can ill afford to lose further ground on the top four.

Despite dropping their opening five games, the Beavers are only six points out of the top four and have the opportunity to rejuvenate their fortunes if they are good enough.

Colts skipper Cruize Ciallella told the South Western Times although he would be away due to representative duties with WA Country in Queensland, he was confident the reigning premiers would field a competitive squad, which will be finalised in the next 48 hours.

The South West will be well represented at the 2019 Toyota Australian Country Cricket Championships, which begin in Queensland on Sunday.

Men’s coach Tim Edmunds, who is based in Albany, will aim to replicate last year’s national championship winning effort.

WA’s women have four South West players and begin their campaign against East Asia Pacific, who have become a real surprise packet of the competition in recent seasons.

WA Country squads

Men’s: Cruize Ciallella, Brayden Clarke, Michael Tassone, Jacob Wintle; Women’s: Emily Johnston (captain), Meg Thompson (vice captain), Emma Bresser, Chloe Wain.

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