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.