Wet deck a spinner’s paradise

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WILL Chesterfield has been spinning balls and taking names this season.

The young off spinner has been a major player in Old Boys cruising to a minor premiership and grand final.

This weekend, weather permitting, he will line up against Souths to see who will raise the trophy.

Chesterfield has hit a purple patch this season, and is getting better as the season progresses.

He has played a full season of Tamworth Second XI rep cricket, in his second season of first grade.

“Yeah, it has been great,” Chesterfield said.

“I got a couple of wickets and didn’t get hit for many runs.”

He even got a call up to the top grade last weekend to play Western Suburbs, but it was rained out.

Ironically it was Souths life member, selector and avid supporter Terry Psarakis that turned Chesterfield to spin bowling when he was his coach in the under 14s.

“I was an opening bat that didn’t bowl,” Chesterfield said.

“He (Psarakis) grabbed me and said why don’t you try some spin bowling.”

That may come back to bite the former coach as Chesterfield has targeted his son James as a crucial Souths wicket this weekend.

The wickets of captain Nick Leyden, Tom Groth, and Psarakis have been earmarked as the keys to victory.

Old Boys have played Souths for the last three games in a row.

Souths rolled Old Boys in the one day final, before Old Boys turned it around to win the major semi for the two day game the week after.

Both games have seen the winning side only post 100 runs for victory, and the spinner thinks this might be the case again.

“We are going in with a lot of confidence after the semi.”

“I think we will towel them up.”

The offie is excited about the possibility of playing on a wet pitch.

“I love wet decks.”

“There is more spin, more bounce and the ball will be popping and doing a lot.”

“100 runs will be defendable on a wet pitch.”

Chesterfield feels safe behind the Old Boys batting line up.

Everyone knows the danger of opening pair Simon Norvill and Adam Lole, with “one side locked up and the other smashing you to the boundary.”

He has nominated explosive all rounder Aaron Hazlewood as the X factor in the final.

“Az likes the big games and will stand up I think.”

The spinner’s plan is simple.

“If we bowl at the stumps, chances will come and we will get them out.”

The final is set to be played at No. 1 on Saturday and Sunday.

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