Wade’s tips for the first week of cricket finals

Wade Gleeson’s southern cricket finals tips

FOR Week 1 of the Southern Cricket Association finals this weekend, I’m tipping the Second Grade second semi-final between New Norfolk II and Gretna I at Tynwald Park on February 29 to be a tie, with the match to come down to the final over. For the Red Caps, Sam Hoggett to get among the runs and Mitch Crosswell to take wickets. For Gretna, Craig Cunningham to take wickets and make good score with the bat.

In the Fourth Grade second semi, Bothwell – in red hot form – to defeat Hobart by three wickets or 50 runs. Mathew Eyles to use his experience and make a big score, while Brock Nichols will clean up with the ball. This will be played at Bothwell on February 29.

In the Fifth Grade first semi-final at Gretna on February 29, after defeating Claremont last Sunday, Gretna II will be too good at home, winning again by four wickets or 70 runs. Ross Langford to make a captain’s knock, while Josh Whitford will take some handy wickets.

In the Seventh Grade first semi, Bothwell – which has won its past three matches – takes on Campania at Campania on February 29. These teams have meet twice this season, with the Kookaburras taking the chocolates on both occasions. With this, I’m tipping the Bucks to go down by three wickets. Ashley Browning to continue his form with the bat and Adam Pearce to get amongst the wickets.

In the women’s roster, Bothwell plays Montagu at Eady St No.1 on March 1. The two have played off twice with the Sharks winning on both occasions. With Bothwell winning their last three matches, I’m tipping them to cause an upset and progress to the grand final. Rachel Clark to make runs with the bat and Jemma Burke to take the wickets.

Men’s ladders at the end of Round 14
(Top 5 play off for finals in First Grade and Top Four for the remaining grades)
New Norfolk I 70
Wellington 65
St Anne’s 61
Old Beach 55
Rokeby 52 
Claremont 52
Montagu Bay 20
Sorell 18
New Norfolk II 79
Gretna I 56
Derwent 56
Richmond/Cambridge 52
Molesworth I 50
Knights 47
MacKillop 42
St Anne’s 7
Bothwell I 87
Hobart 71
St Virgil’s 68
Richmond/Cambridge 47
Sandford 36
Montagu Bay 34
Wellington 28
Knights 19
Rokeby 76
Lindisfarne 70
Gretna II 54
Claremont 51
Sorell 40
Montagu Bay 34
New Norfolk III 31
Derwent 27
Derwent 80
Wellington 73
Campania 70
Bothwell II 57
Molesworth II 54
Knights 47
St Virgil’s 36
Old Beach 27
Montagu Bay 24
Claremont 10
Women’s ladder after Round 8 
(Top 4 play off for finals)
Wellington 48
Montagu Bay 36
Bothwell 30
St Anne’s 21
North Huon 6
New Norfolk 3

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