By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
WITH the grand final just five weeks away, BITS travel to Yaralla for what is a must-win Gladstone Cricket A grade one-day clash today.
A loss would spell the end of the season for either side, so expect plenty of feeling to be shown in this eagerly-anticipated day/night match-up at Yaralla Oval.
Currently third, Yaralla's core of seasoned players such as skipper Troy Webster, his brother Grant, Jay Stevens and all-rounder Heath Courtney will again be called upon to lead the way.
BITS skipper Jaysen Chilcott was pleased with the fight shown by his team in last week's defeat to The Glen and with the year on the line is expecting a big performance today.
Talented all-rounder Lucas Hall comes into the match on the back of his match-winning performance for the Gladstone under-21 team and needs to lead the way for his clubside.
Steve Austin is another keen to step up and could find himself opening as BITS try to settle on a batting order that fires, while Brad Webber and Vaughn McDonald have been consistent with the ball all year.
This promises to be an exciting clash and as always, the toss will prove crucial.
The first ball will be bowled at 2pm.
In the round's other match, an outright win looks on the cards for Brothers when they meet Calliope in today's second day of the two-day clash at Bunting Park.
The Brethren are on the lookout for quick runs when they resume at 5-174, 75 runs ahead of Calliope's first innings total.
Look out for Calliope pair Dan Williams and Ken Wogandt to have an impact, while Brothers duo Pat Laws and Glenn Cook shape as key players.