Tough cricket final tipped



WHILE Yaralla may not be talking revenge, there is no doubt that victory in this weekend's Gladstone Cricket A grade grand final would be sweeter for the fact it came against The Glen.

The Glen produced an excellent display of pressure cricket last March to secure the 2003/04 premiership title with a 78-run victory in the decider.

They will need to reproduce that type of form when the two teams renew their rivalry at Clinton Park today.

Yaralla go into the two-day game, to be continued tomorrow, as favourites but will not underestimate a Glen side which boasts a number of players with big game experience.

Yaralla skipper Chris Stitt was expecting The Glen to again prove a tough obstacle but was confident his side would capture the flag.

'It's going to be a tough game,' Stitt said. 'It always is against The Glen so that's what we're expecting.

'But the (Yaralla) boys are in a good frame of mind. We're ready to go so we'll just turn up and play cricket like we normally do.'

Stitt said Yaralla would try not to treat the match differently to any other fixture and that the team was pleased to reach the decider in what was originally considered to be a rebuilding year.

The Glen captain Jason Jefferis also expected a tight contest and believed the experience gained in winning last year's title would be of benefit this weekend.

'We know it is going to be a tough game because Yaralla are a fantastic team,' Jefferis said.

'Pressure cricket is the key ? whichever team plays the best cricket under pressure is going to win.'

After struggling to get a full-strength team on to the field throughout the season, The Glen's lineup has a stronger look about it this weekend.

'It is great to have our best team together for this game and we are confident we can perform well,' Jefferis said.

'Grand finals are great challenges because you get two full days of cricket and with our past experience we should be right in the contest.'

Should yesterday's showers continue to hover, the news could be bad for The Glen who need to defeat Yaralla, the minor premiers, to capture the title.

A draw or a washout would result in a Yaralla title victory.



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