Last hit outs ahead of finals

Last hit outs ahead of finals

East Gambier will hope to secure a top two finish with a win over Mil Lel in the final round of the Barber Shield for the 2023/24 season.

The second placed Doggies take on Mil Lel at Allan Scott Park for round 10 with the match posing high stakes for both sides.

While East Gambier searches for a top two place, Mil Lel is hoping to gain some winning momentum ahead of finals with its spot at fourth secured.

It’s been a long time between drinks for Mil Lel which has not won a game since the start of December and will need to find some winning form before finals if it is to be a serious chance.

East Gambier claimed the victory in the sides’ earlier meeting this season comfortably chasing Mil Lel’s total.

Emerson Marks and Ben Hentschke are coming off some good form in the short form and will be hoping they can transfer that over to the longer format of the game.

East Gambier will be without Liam Turley which will mean the other pace options of Marc Roberts and Connor Little will need to step up and fill the void.

Mil Lel’s Darcy Williamson and Nick Walters both have a role to play with the bat as Mil Lel has struggled with the bat at times this season.

East Gambier has been the better side this season and will be confident it can get the job done, Mil Lel will know it can take a win on its day but the side will need to be at its very best.

North Sportsman’s v South Gambier

North Sportsman’s hosts South Gambier at Marist Park in round 10 as the Tigers search for a top two spot in the finals.

For South Gambier, with finals out of the equation, round 10 will be the Demons’ final game of the season.

It’s been a tough season for the Demons and the side will be hoping to go out with a second win on the board.

Leading the charge as always for South Gambier will be Robert Drenthen and Stephen Easterbrook, while Adam Vause will be valuable with the ball.

Elliot Fisher will be hopeful his change of pace can grab a few breakthroughs for North, and Tim Young will be hunting for early wickets with the new ball.

The Tigers are coming off a bad loss to East Gambier and will be aware they must find some form with the bat before finals.

Alex Hutton and Mathew Robinson opened the batting last time out and if North is to be a genuine contender come finals then top order runs are a must.

North Sportsman’s should take the win, with finals approaching it has a lot to play for and finding some form in the side could be incredibly important.

South Gambier will be hopeful to finish off its season with an exciting win and take some positives out of the 

Penola vs West Gambier

West Gambier will finish on top of the ladder and has booked a home final, but before it can get its finals campaign under way the Roos must first go up against Penola at McCorquindale Park.

Penola is coming off its first win of the season in what was a dominant performance against South Gambier, but the Eagles will be aware that this is a much tougher opponent and will need all players firing if they are to claim the win.

Jack Mullan was in excellent form against South Gambier with two half centuries, if he can perform just as well this round it could go a long way to getting the result.

Gerard Merrett is also coming off an incredible performance with the ball against South Gambier and Penola will hope he can rip through the West Gambier batting line-up.

West Gambier’s lineup is the strongest in the league with six players averaging above 20, and two averaging above 40.

Penola’s bowling attack will most certainly have its work cut out for it and will need the Penola batsmen to provide enough runs to support the side.

West Gambier’s bowling attack has been in top form recently, the side has had many contributors taking the wickets.

Sujith Nikethana has proved a threat with the ball in recent weeks while Bray Stephenson has had a consistent season taking 21 wickets from the first nine rounds.

Penola is most certainly the underdog in this match up, West Gambier is the strongest team in the competition and getting a result against the side is never easy.

Penola will need to take full advantage of the home turf and find some top order runs, expect the Roos to be at their best ahead of finals.

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