Cross-town rivals pad up for Dycer Constructions Big Bash finale

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Cross-town rivals pad up for Dycer Constructions Big Bash finale

Well, the stage is set for the Dycer Constructions Big Bash final tomorrow night.

It will be a blockbuster conclusion to the T20 season that has seen some terrific performances all round.

East Gambier now knows it will face off against South Gambier after having to wait a couple of days since booking its spot in the grand final on Sunday.

It has been a tight competition with every team registering at least one win in their five games during the home and away season.

South managed to book its spot in the big dance after an incredibly tight final night of T20 cricket that went down to the very last over of the home and away season.

But now it’s finals time and the two teams that proved they were the best all season are ready to take to the field.

For East Gambier the season has been an enthralling contest every week.

The Bulldogs’ round one clash against South Gambier ended in the most thrilling of manners after posting a score of 125 from the 20 overs with South smashing their way to 124 in response, falling only one run short thanks to some brilliant defensive bowling from East’s ever reliable bowling attack.

The attack was led by Alex Hentschke and Liam Turley who are in the top five leading wicket takers of the competition with nine wickets and eight wickets respectively.

Round two led East to suffer its only defeat of the home and away season, losing to Penola by 20 runs in a tough game away from home.

In round three East’s bowling attack was impressive, knocking West Gambier over for 94 and in response its batsmen went past the runs with ease, only losing three wickets and taking just under 17 overs to complete the match.

In round four East managed to deliver Mil Lel’s first defeat of the season, again thanks to some tight bowling restricting their opposition to less than 100.

The Bulldogs then finished the season with a win against North Sportsmans after defending the low total of 101, with their bowlers again proving too strong for their opposition.

South Gambier became surprise grand finalists after an upset win over Mil Lel with Penola also enduring an unexpected loss to West Gambier.

After an incredibly tight loss to East Gambier in round one, the Demons again suffered a disappointing defeat by West Gambier after an incredible batting collapse.

Round three was where South turned its season around against North Gambier, proving too strong with a solid batting performance.

South again delivered a strong team performance in round four, securing its second win of the season and starting to get on a roll.

Requiring a win for the chance to qualify for the grand final, South made a strong start in attack against early favourite Mil Lel, with the odds seemingly stacked against the Demons.

But to the credit of the side, they were ruthless, bowling Mil Lel out for 68 and chasing its score down with ease.

Both East and South captains will be incredibly important to their side’s success on Friday night.

For the Doggies, Dion Stratford (pictured left) is their most important batsman with the ability to completely take the game away from the opposition, so taking his wicket early will be an important task for South Gambier to get the win.

Robert Drenthen (pictured right) will open the batting for South and will bowl some crucial overs to the East batsmen, looking to back up his three wicket haul against Mil Lel.

Both sides’ bowling attacks have been the best two in the competition, with several sources of wickets.

East Gambier’s Alex Hentschke and Liam Turley lead their side’s attack, while South’s attack is led by Jakob Opie who has taken six wickets this season.

Neither side has batsmen in the top five leading run scorers for the competition, displaying how diverse their source of runs are and showing any player can stand up should they be required.

The game of T20 can turn in the blink of an eye and momentum is everything.

The sides will be hoping to start their innings off well, but a couple of early wickets could shape the rest of the game.

The contest is sure to be a tight one with lots of entertainment.

There’s guaranteed to be some big hits and plenty of wickets tumbling.

After the tightest game of the season was played by the two sides in round one, the finale is looking to be a blockbuster full of twists and turns.

It’s set to be a fierce battle between bat and ball with the best team to take home the glory.

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