Pat Kerin’s cricket report

AFTER having the bye in round one, Central Hotel are looking forward to the third season of the Delta Agribusiness Division one competition tomorrow as they take Mimosa at Albert Park.

Tomorrow’s match is a replay of last season’s semi-final at the same venue.

Mimosa won that match having the better of the conditions batting second on a drying out deck.  

In just over six months, little has changed as far as the conditions are concerned with the Albert Park pitch receiving just over 30ml of rain in two doses, Monday and Thursday morning.

The pitch is sure to still have a bit in come Saturday afternoon. 

For both teams, tomorrow is their first match of the season, while Central had the bye; Mimosa received a forfeit in the opening round against last season’s premiers the Coyotes.

Central Hotel will be fielding a similar side to last season.

They will miss Joel Pearson who is currently on his honeymoon in Canada. 

Central Hotel will also be missing all-rounder Adam Twyford who will not be available until Christmas due sustaining an ankle injury.

They will be expecting big things from the experience trio of Brendan Gale, John Stephens and Mal Sutherland.   

Round one winners, the Come Alive Fitness Crusaders have the bye, while the Coyotes will be looking forward to playing as they take on arch rivals the S & C Blues at Gus Smith 2.

IN DIVISION Two, the Dunk Insurance Cup, Cootamundra’s lone side Stockinbingal are fresh from its four wicket over the Shamrock Hotel Leprechauns and tomorrow, host the Temora Renegades.

Both teams are round one winners and these two teams played off for the Dunk Insurance Cup in the opening season, a quality match is assured.

Stockinbingal will be looking to go back to back and in round, three they travel to Young to take on last season’s premiers the Scorchers.        

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