Cricket | Crusade for top spot

Albert Park will hold another local derby in the South West Slopes Cricket League when the Come Alive Crusaders and Central Hotel Cavaliers face off again. Photo: Kelly Manwaring
Albert Park will hold another local derby in the South West Slopes Cricket League when the Come Alive Crusaders and Central Hotel Cavaliers face off again. Photo: Kelly Manwaring

Come Alive Fitness Crusaders will look to maintain top position on the Delta Agribusiness ladder when they take on arch-rivals the Central Hotel on Saturday at Albert Park.

The Crusaders are seven points clear of the S & C Blues and a win would see the competition leaders keep that seven-point buffer.

Both sides will be keen to get back onto the cricket field after the recess, and while the Central played last Saturday, the Crusaders’ last match was on December 16. 

Central Hotel really needs to win with both the Coyotes and Mimosa breathing down their necks for the coveted third spots.

Currently, Central is one point clear of the Coyotes and just two clear of Mimosa.

The match starts at Albert Park at 1pm.   

In the other round-13 clash, Mimosa hosts the S&C Blues in the final day/nighter of the season commencing at 4pm. 

In Saturday’s Dunk Insurance Cup, Stockinbingal travels to Young to take on the competition front-runners the Criterion Gunners at Gus Smith 2.

Stockinbingal, currently third, badly needs a win and have the Renegades and the Tigers closing in on a finals spot.  

CALL UP: Cootamundra's Pat Kerin is one of four Riverina umpires officiating at the four-day Bradman Cup in Bathurst starting Monday.

CALL UP: Cootamundra's Pat Kerin is one of four Riverina umpires officiating at the four-day Bradman Cup in Bathurst starting Monday.

PAT KERIN TO UMPIRE AT BRADMAN CUP

Cootamundra umpire Pat Kerin will be officiating in the Bradman Cup carnival, which commences at Bathurst on Monday.

The Bradman Cup carnival is a four-day carnival for the best under-16 cricketers in country NSW with all the eight country zones competing.  

Kerin will be joined by three other Riverina umpires; Graham Moon formerly of Cootamundra and now living at The Rock, Ken Brooks from Albury and Stephen Poidevin from Dalton. Other umpires come from Dubbo, Orange, Shoalhaven and the Hunter Valley.

Last season Riverina won the Bradman Cup carnival for the first time and on Monday, they are up against the hosts Western Zone at the Bathurst Sportsground.