Yaralla in last roll of dice

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

LIKE a hopeful casino punter, Yaralla are down to their final roll of the dice when they meet Brothers in the Gladstone Cricket A grade match of the round at Yaralla Oval today.

With Brothers having secured a place in the March 25-26 decider, third-placed Yaralla need to win this two-day clash to have any chance of joining them.

Yaralla skipper Troy Webster has the luxury of fielding a full-strength team which has a bucketload of experience in big games.

Heath Courtney has been on fire with the ball in recent weeks, while openers Grant Webster and Rob Johnson form a dangerous combination.

The Brethren on the other hand may be headed to the decider, but don't expect them to find this easy.

To their credit, the Brethren have not taken their foot off the pedal and this can be attributed to the good form of captain Pat Laws who sets the example.

All-rounder Scott Keirsnowski is hitting form at the right time, while an in-form Matt Turich is a genuine match-winner. It promises to be a belter, with the first ball bowled at 12.30pm.

In today's one-day clash, the high-flying Calliope travel down the highway to BITS.

Coming off an impressive win over The Glen, Calliope go into their final match of the season (bye next week) as favourites.

Roosters skipper Brett Rideout is getting the best out of pacemen Scott Tippet and Dan Williams who share the top wicket-taker honours, while youngster Matt Lanzon is better each week.

BITS are also keen to finish their season on a high and if more players can follow the example of young gun Nathan Rand who took five wickets (his best A grade haul) last weekend, they have the talent to win.



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