ADDA Constructions will have to overcome the unbeaten Buttercup & Ace Embroidery to win tonight’s NEM Armidale Premier League Final and overturn a heavy defeat when the sides last met.
While Buttercup & Ace won all of its preliminary matches, ADDA had to bounce back with two wins in the past fortnight to make up for a first- round hammering to make the final.
ADDA hopes it can score at least twice what it did that night.
“When we played them they skittled us for 60,” ADDA captain Matt Schaefer said.
“We have to improve on that.
“As I’ve said to the boys the last few weeks, if we can get a run a ball and get up around 120 or plus it will be pretty hard. It puts the pressure on.”
Schaefer is one of the keys for ADDA but so far has not had to bowl himself.
He points to another all-rounder as the main man.
“We’ve got a mixed side,” Schaefer said. “Sam Uphill has been bowling well and Cameron Wood.
“Bentley Cropper was my first pick.
“He’s probably our key. He can hit the ball hard and is also an option with his offies.”
Buttercup & Ace didn’t start the competition as favourites.
Karl Triebe and Will Frost are the only Armidale first XI reps in the side but the short format has brought out a few unlikely stars.
“On paper they’re not an all-star team,” Schaefer said. “But they’ve got Karl Triebe, who is a good bowler. He’s their spearhead.
“Then they’ve got Mitch Woods, who is an experienced player from Guyra and a good bowler.
“Harrison King has been bowling good offies for them and Cam Mundy, their captain, is a good bowler too.
“So bowling is their strength but they have some guys who can hit the ball too.”
Both captains will have to narrow their 15-man squads down for the final and Schaefer said that could be a tricky task.
Sportspower will take on Hutchison and Harlow in the third place playoff.
BUTTERCUP & ACE EMBROIDERY: Cam Mundy (c), Karl Triebe, Will Frost, Kyle Taylor, Clarrie Moran, Brayden Graham, Mitch Woods, PJ Wright, Shannon Rafferty, Ben Hanlon, Jared Graham, Harrison King, Sam Hutton, Dale Northam, Scott
ADDA CONSTRUCTION: Matt Schaefer (c), Bentley Cropper, Mitch Moore, Sam Uphill, Matt Jackson, Michael Dawson, Cameron Wood, Nick Sewell, Scott Brennan, Josh Martin, Sam Sewell, Corby Kliendienst, BJ Kliendienst, Max Laurie, Andrew Williams.