It’s a huge weekend for the Cricket Tasmania Premier League with both semi-finals and grand final spots on the line in both the men’s and women’s competitions. Check out the weekend preview for both below.
At the TCA Ground, North Hobart will do battle with Lindisfarne with both sides having the safety nets or already locking in semi-final spots. The Demons go into the clash a bit weary after their solid showing at the CA National T/20 Championships in Adelaide during the week but will have their stars back up including run-scoring machines from the tournament Caleb Jewell, Jack White, Corey Murfet and Nick Davis. They also welcome back Alex Pyecroft who is a key in for the home side. For the Lightning, they will be without Charlie Wakim and Ben McDermott due to shield duties but have named a strong side with the competition leading wicket taker Nathan Ellis named as well as leading run-scorer Mac Wright. This is shaping up to be the match of the round.
At the Twin Ovals, the Sharks will be looking for maximum points if they have any chance of securing a home semi-final when they take on Kingborough but it won’t be easy with the home side naming a full-strength outfit. The Knights, out of the finals race for 2018/19, will look to all-round performances from their big men in Beau Webster, Clive Rose and Gurinder Sandhu whilst the Sharks will be looking to go hard from the get go minus a few of their lead men in Gabe Bell and Alex Doolan who are out due to shield commitments. The Sharks will be hoping for another dominant display by their captain Sean Willis who is currently in blistering form with the bat, scoring 272 runs in his last two 2-day matches.
At Kangaroo Bay, the Roos take on the Bucks with the Roos only needing a first innings win to wrap up a home semi-final. The Roos bowlers received an almighty pasting last round against the Magpies leaking 322 runs, however will be drawing on the confidence of last round century maker, Alec Smith and former Rodwell & Emerson medal winner Harry Allanby to again lead from the front. For the Bucks, it will be tough going as they continue to chase their first win of the season but will look to inspiration from fast bowler Ryan Lees who was their shining light last round collecting 4-wickets.
And at University Oval, the students welcome back a huge inclusion in the form of current Aussie skipper Tim Paine who plays his first game for the club since November last year. After having the Bye last round, University will be fresh and ready to go but it won’t be easy as they do battle with the Magpies who will again look to skipper Nathan Matthews and Nuwan Kavinda who scored big hundreds in their narrow loss to the Roos last round.
North Hobart (4) vs Lindisfarne (1)
North Hobart: C Jewell(c), R Macmillan, J White, B Fraser, W Collins, C Murfet, K Applebee, H Thomas, R Graham-Daft, N Davis, A Pyecroft
Lindisfarne: M Wilkie(c), O Wray, J Grubb, J Harris, K Gilbert, D Chapman, M Wright, N Ellis, K Oates, M Dance, T Briscoe
Kingborough (6) vs SHSB (3)
Kingborough: C Rose(c), M Coad, M Backhouse, T Martyn, B Webster, G Sandhu, D Hay, R Ward, C O'Brien, R Backhouse, S Martyn
SHSB: S Willis(c), T Keep, H Nichols, S Milenko, C Oakes, K Hine, J Bowerman, H Kingston, R West, K Wisniewski, E Gulline
Clarence (2) vs New Town (9)
Clarence: H Allanby(c), D Salpietro, M Jones, J Dinnie, A Smith, L Devlin, N Absolom, W Irvine, L Borsboom, D Meredith, A Treanor
New Town: H Williams(c), J Kessell, J Randall, T Millhouse, A Keeling, S Wright, B Dodd, A Denby, T Mupariwa, T Willmott, J Vince
University (5) vs Glenorchy (7)
University: N Grubb(c), G Kerr, T Paine, S Leon, N van de Werken, C Brown, A Kealy, M Saracino, S Brown, J Hortle, J Di Venuto
Glenorchy: N Matthews(c), T Coates, S Palmer, M Dilger, J Kaye, N Kavinda, U Butt, F Raja, S Bagal, D Janoti, A Rolle
The women’s T/20 competition turns to semi-final action with all 4 teams keen to secure their spot in the grand final next Sunday.
In semi-final 1, the leaders at the end of 14 rounds, University, do battle with Clarence at University Oval. University go into the clash with the upper hand having beaten the Roos twice in round matches, the first in round 4 by 58 runs and then in round 10 by 7 wickets. The key for the students will be their batting with Ash Day and Sasha Moloney among the leading run-scorers in the competition whilst for the Roos, they will look to an all-round captains performance by Emma Thompson.
And in semi-final 2, the Demons do battle with Kingborough in what is shaping up to be an almighty battle. The Demons go into the game with red-hot form, winning their last 7 round matches and coming off a dominant win against ladder leaders University whilst for the Knights are fresh off an outstanding last round 9-wicket win over the Lightning as well as a resounding Kookaburra Cup victory the weekend before. The key for the Demons will be for Stefanie Daffara to again produce a solid knock at the top of the order and for a repeat bowling performance by Kendylle Byers who took 4 last match, whilst for the Knights, they will look for inspiration from star and captain Bonnie Davies as well as all-round performances from the Hepburn sisters.
Semi Final 1 - University (1) vs Clarence (4)
University: S Moloney(c), A Day, L Maddock, C Abel, M Blazely, C Scott, K Fryett, S Birch, S Parkin, D Srinivas, J Crowden, L Scott, L Phair
Clarence: E Thompson(c), N Pearce, K Cole, B Grant, M Murray, N Murray, E Roberts, M Brooks, T Brooks, A Plath, K Wills, G Ash, A Gadd, O McDonald
Semi-Final 2 – North Hobart (2) vs Kingborough (3)
North Hobart: H Short(c), B Doyle, S Daffara, B Page, T Purton, K Palfrey, J Davis, E Marsh, M Armstrong, K Byers, B Langston
Kingborough: B Davies(c), L Hepburn, B Hepburn, N Carter, K Coppleman, M Harrison, A Small, A Kelly, L Hay, E Coad, A Ratcliffe, R Styles, L Wierenga