15 February, 2024

Mouthwatering top of table clash

In what many expect to be the Grand Final preview, BrimKSH host Donald Jeffcott at Brim Recreation Reserve tomorrow in what is set to be a mouthwatering clash when round 13 of the Wimmera Mallee Cricket Association gets underway.

By Chris Graetz

Wicketkeeper Matt Crisp will be back in the side.
Wicketkeeper Matt Crisp will be back in the side.

Donald Jeffcott is unbeaten for the season sitting comfortably in first spot on the ladder. Two games behind in second place is BrimKSH.

BrimKSH will be without Jeremy Preston, Tim Bell and Lache Hadley this weekend so face a tough task, especially as Donald Jeffcott boast the league's best player, Noah Berry.

The 17-year-old has scored 703 runs in the competition thus far and when asked what they can do to get him out, BrimKSH wicketkeeper Matthew Crisp said they just need to bowl tight.

"He is in wonderful form. Last season he had a great year and this season he has stepped it up a notch. It's great to see someone that good," Crisp said.

"We just need to close him down as much as we can and hopefully he plays a false shot. We will go there and hope for the best."

When asked if playing them close to the finals is beneficial, Crisp said it does help.

"Last year we played them in the last home and away game and they thrashed us, and in the Grand Final we returned the favour," he said.

"Isaac's approach will be to go out and see what happens.

"They are a strong team in both batting and bowling and we will try to take as much out of it as we can.

The other two finals spots are decided with Marnoo and Birchip sitting third and fourth respectively on five wins.

Both teams need to win in the last two weeks to avoid Donald Jeffcott in the first week of the finals.

Birchip host St Arnaud at Birchip Recreation Reserve whilst Marnoo travel to face Wycheproof/Narraport.

In B-Grade, ladder leaders Charlton host Southern Mallee Giants, Donald Jeffcott host BrimKSH and St Marys travel to Watchem.


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