Cootamundra local cricket report, Stribley Shield preview

SHIELD WAR: Luke Berkrey bowls for Cootamundra in last year's Stribley Shield match against Wagga. The two rivals will meet again Sunday.

SHIELD WAR: Luke Berkrey bowls for Cootamundra in last year's Stribley Shield match against Wagga. The two rivals will meet again Sunday.

CENTRAL Hotel will be looking forward to tomorrow’s clash at Albert Park against arch rivals Come Alive Crusaders. Central Hotel’s season has been marred by a forfeit and washouts.

Allowing for the two byes, Central Hotel only has been on the playing field four times this season. With a forfeit in round two and washouts in round seven and nine, the Central boys have had very little cricket.  

The most consecutive playing days for the Central Hotel is two and that was two trips to Young in rounds three and four.  

Tomorrow’s match against the competition leaders Come Alive Fitness Crusaders is the second last match before the Christmas-New Year recess.

Central Hotel will be looking to win and retain third spot on the ladder, while Come Alive will be keen to maintain top spot.

Meanwhile, Crusaders have had a good draw and have played six matches, the most of any teams in the competition. 

With the rain over the past five days, the Albert Park will still have plenty of moisture in it, but it’s better than playing on hard pitch.  

With round, nine washed out on Saturday all teams received five points, as did Mimosa who had the bye.      

In tomorrow’s other match, Mimosa welcomes S&C Blues to Nixon Park.

In Dunk Insurance division two, Stockinbingal travel to Keith Cullen Oval to take on the Scorchers.

Stockinbingal are currently second while the Scorchers are third.  

Stribley Shield

COOTAMUNDRA is looking forward to hosting Wagga on Sunday in round three of the Stribley Shield competition.

Wagga are undefeated in the competition. They defeated Yass in round one while they received a forfeit in round two against Temora.

Cootamundra opened their campaign with a solid six-wicket win over Gundagai/ Tumut, then in round two, they lost to Yass by four wickets.

The local side will be missing star batsman Matt Berkrey who will be representing the Wagga Sloggers in the regional Big Bash semi-final on the SCG.

Berkrey was the linchpin in Cootamundra’s competitive score of 184 against Yass. Berkrey top scored with 82. 

Seventeen-year-old Jack Caldwell makes a welcome return and he will certainly boost the Cootamundra batting line up.

Cootamundra side: Dean Bradley (captain), David Garness, Luke Berkrey, Darren Connell, Ryan Connell, Jack Caldwell, John Stephens, Mark Elia, Tom Grace, Ray James, Mick Cronin and Joel Pearson.

The match, at Albert Park starts at 10am, with umpires Jeff White (Cootamundra) and Graham Moon (Wagga).

In the other two matches on Sunday, Young host Yass, while Temora travel to Gundagai to take on Gundagai Tumut.