THIS Saturday’s preliminary final between Bective and Souths will be won with the bat and not the ball according to Bective keeper and former Souths player Matt Everett.
Souths have arguably the best bowling attack not only in the district, but also in country NSW.
They have the core of the Central North line up, and the Tamworth bowling attack that took them to the SCG Cup final.
Col Smyth, Angus McNeill and Andrew Maher are a formidable trio.
Bective on the other hand boast half of the Central North and Tamworth top order, with Everett behind the stumps and batting at three or four.
Nick Pearson, Calum Rowe, Adam Jones are also a formidable trio.
If the winners of the minor semi are any chance of meeting Old Boys in the big one, that top order needs to stand up to those bowlers.
And at the same time if Souths want to redeem themselves against Old Boys next week those bowlers will need to contain and dismiss those batsmen.
On paper it is a perfect line up, but finals are a different game.
“Batting will be the key in this game,” Everett said.
“Runs in finals are worth more and can put more pressure on.”
“The boys are pretty confident that if we can hit some runs we can beat them.”
Pearson and Rowe will have a chance to get their eye in early when they take on Western Suburbs in a T20 tonight for Tamworth.
Everett will also be getting time in the middle, although he will be playing for Western Suburbs.
“Any time you can get in the middle is good for a batsmen,” Everett said.
“This is a great opportunity and great experience to play in a Sydney first grade side.”
The keeper is looking forward to playing with former Tamworth players Jeff Cook and Brendan Reynolds, as well as playing against his Tamworth team-mates.
“I am sure there will be a fair bit of talk and a bit of sledging out there.”
“It is going to be great fun.”
The Oxley High student will get to keep to some quality players including the leading wicket-taker in Sydney grade cricket Danny McLauchlan.
The T20 game will start at 7pm tonight at No. 1 Oval.