It’s the battle of the Eastern Shore clubs as Clarence face off against Lindisfarne in the Detail First Premier League 2018/19 Grand Final.
The Three-Day match at Blundstone Arena on the 29th, 30th and 31st of March is the culmination of a long and competitive season that saw both Clarence and Lindisfarne dominate their competition in the penultimate matches of the season. The sides were well matched throughout the season, with Clarence finishing on top of the table four points ahead of Lindisfarne. Taking each other on in both the T20 format and the One-Day format, the Roos took the spoils on both occasions and will be brimming with confidence against a Lightning side that are yet to put in a winning performance against them. On the other hand, both teams have not faced each other in the Two-Day format thus far this season and sitting on nine wins each, the Final promises to be an explosive one.
The prowess of both sides is well reflected in the 2018/19 Men’s Team of the Year, with half of those selected hailing from either Clarence or Lindisfarne. Mac Wright, Charlie Wakim, Nathan Ellis and Matt Wilkie (coach) are all inclusions for Lindisfarne, while Harry Allanby and Michael Jones make an appearance for Clarence with Allanby claiming this season’s Rodwell Medal. With Mac Wright coming in second in the votes for the award and Charlie Wakim following up in third, it truly us a star-studded lineup taking the field this weekend from both ends of the ground.
GRAND FINAL PROGRAM
In Clarence’s semi-final demolition of North Hobart last weekend, Jesse Dinnie was the standout performer with the bat, notching 109 in a stoic 344 ball innings. However, it was the bowling attack that once again put in a match winning performance, as Daniel Salpietro (4/28), Daniel Meredith (3/34) and Sam Rainbird (2/34) all found finals form and blitzed through the North Hobart batting lineup.
In Lindisfarne’s win over South Hobart Sandy Bay, Lindisfarne were saved by the tail order after their star batsmen failed to fire, as well as some classy bowling by the regular performers Summers (3/17), Ellis (3/20) and Wilkie. Freeman put on 73 and Wilkie 66 to bring their side to a winning position, and Wilkie then followed up with 3/8 as the Lightning stormed home to victory.
Lindisfarne will need their top order stars to take the game by the horns this weekend; Mac Wright, Charlie Wakim and Keegan Oates all due for some big scores. Clarence too will need to perform with the bat against a confident and in form Lightning bowling attack. With both sides looking evenly match as the Grand Final looms, that team that turns up ready to play and take the game on will surely gain the upper hand.