Cricket: West Tamworth and Bective East clash for right to play Old Boys in T20 final

CRUCIAL: Harrison Kelly will lead Wests against Bective East in a key Twenty20 clash on Sunday.
CRUCIAL: Harrison Kelly will lead Wests against Bective East in a key Twenty20 clash on Sunday.

There will be much to play for when West Tamworth and Bective East clash in a final-round Twenty20 encounter at No.1 Oval on Sunday, with the winner to face Old Boys in the final of the revamped competition next Friday.

The fact that Wests are in a position to achieve that is a surprise to their influential batsman Dave Mudaliar, after the side lost a host of leading players at the end of last season.

But like in the longer forms of the game, Wests have been impressive in the game’s shortest form – beating North Tamworth and City United before losing narrowly to Old Boys.

Mudaliar said: “We’ve been really competitive considering, again, like most things we didn’t really think of ourselves as potential [Twenty20] winners.

“And I don’t think most people thought of us that way. We’re really happy where we are.”

While Mudaliar is captain of Wests’ first-grade side, their Twenty20 outfit is skippered by Harrison Kelly.

In other Twenty20 games at No.1 Oval on Sunday, Old Boys and Norths clash in the opener.

Souths and City will meet in the last game.