CRICKET: The motivation couldn't be any higher for a group of players at the The Glen Cricket Club.
The Glen Black players will hope to win tomorrow's 2pm Sun Valley Oval B-grade T20 grand final for a fallen mate, Scotty Claridge, who died from a heart attack earlier this year.
The Glen Black captain Bruce Elms said his team-mates want to get the win against Calliope for their late mate.
"We're all pretty pumped up about playing for one of our lost mates Scotty," Elms said.
"He was a mainstay of The Glen Cricket Club and we have his brother Anthony who has been playing for him for the whole season and he's pretty keen to do well."
The two teams met last week in a dress rehearsal to the decider in which The Glen Black won.
But that counts for little tomorrow according to Elms.
"They had a few out last week," he said.
Elms is a leg-spin bowler who said that they are starting to come out better and better.
"The muscles are aching but my form is slowly coming back," he said.
Elms said the team will also look to Bradley Richardson and his two sons Luke and Benn to make strong contributions.
"We also have Lachlan Jefferis and his dad Jason playing in the team," Elms said.
The Sun Valley Oval pitch is one of the best in Gladstone and it favours the batsmen.
"We're strong in the batting and if we win the toss, then we will bat," Elms said.
Calliope skipper Russell Williams is one of the players The Glen Black need to dismiss early.
He has been in blazing form with scores of 59, 60 and 33 and said key players will return.
"Angus Dow comes all the way from Monto to play and he's an opening or first-change pace bowler and Scott Gibbs is back and he's pretty sharp," Williams said.
Others to return are bowlers Harpinder Singh and Jacob Mercer who is the only spinner in the team.
Williams said The Glen Black won't be easy to beat.
"The biggest threat is that The Glen Black are a good all-round side that are handy with the bat and are never a pushover," he said.
The 40-over competition in the B-grade commences next Sunday.
Meanwhile The Glen take on BITS in a Capricorn Challenge showdown today from 12pm at Sun Valley Oval.
There's also reserve grade T20 action between BITS Colts and The Glen at BITS Oval today from 12pm while Yaralla Oval will host Yaralla and BRITS in the other fixture also at noon.
Today at 12pm
Capricorn Challenge - The Glen v BITS @ Sun Valley; Reserves - BITS Colts v The Glen @ BITS Oval, Yaralla v BRITS @ Yaralla
Tomorrow at 2pm
B-grade T20 Final - The Glen Black v Calliope @ Sun Valley Oval