The Club Bega A Grade 20 20 Cricket Competition is set to start on Saturday the 13th of November with ten local clubs vying to be crowned champions on the 18th of December at George Griffin Oval.
The ten clubs have been split into a southern and northern pool, with each team playing the other teams in their pool and one team from the other pool over five weeks.
The competition will culminate with a massive day of cricket in Bega on the 18th of December with two Semi Finals and the Grand Final to crown the best 20 20 team in the Far South Coast.
The Campbell Petroleum B Grade Competition will be made of clubs with 2 teams and should be a keenly contested competition. Keep an eye out for double headers where the B grade side plays before the A Grade team at the same venue.
Round 1 Fixtures
Eden vs Bega Angledale at Eden
Mallacoota vs Merimbula at Mallacoota
Wolumla vs Pambula at Wolumla
Tathra vs Kameruka at Kameruka
Bermagui vs Narooma at Bermagui
Clubs are now taking registrations at www.playcricket.com.au - if you are interested in playing cricket this season please contact your club ASAP.
Mallacoota: Southern pool
Players to watch: Paul Preston is one of the best bats in the competition and proved too strong for the B graders last season averaging over 50, including a massive 133 against Narooma a highlight.
Expected pool finish: 4th With a mix of experienced senior players and some exiting youngsters the gentlemen from Mallacoota have the right ingredients for a very competitive 20 20 side.
Batting is a strength for Mallacoota. Visiting sides will have to weigh up the cost/benefits of travelling down the night before the game.
Eden: Southern pool
Players to watch: Youngsters from the 15’s last season Jack Caldwell, Rahul Mudaliar and Joey Elton will all look to establish themselves with senior roles in the Eden A Grade side.
Rahul already an established opening bat and emerging quick.
Pat Kearney has been putting together match winning results for Eden for years but showed in the GF when he smashed 40 runs off two overs to seal the match, he is capable of being more consistent with these performances.
Expected pool finish: 1st After strong performances last year in the 1 and 2 day cricket Eden will once again be the team to beat in the Club Bega 20 20 Competition.
The first game against Bega Angledale will be an excellent match and may be a preview of a final’s game on the 18th of December.
Merimbula: Southern pool
Players to watch: Brendan Daley, Ash Ponstance and Joel Whiteford will look to step up to replace some experienced players who have moved on.
Beau Bennett is stepping out of Junior grades and has a strong reputation that he is looking to grow in the senior ranks .
Expected pool finish: 3rd With a few players leaving from last season, the Knights are in a rebuilding phase and are hoping to pick up some new players.
Juniors will feature prominently as across their 2 senior grades.
Pambula: Southern pool
Players to watch: In the past the the success of the Bulldogs has rested very heavily on the Hammond brothers. They will again be very important for Pambula but another younger trio of brothers in the McAlpin boys give Pambula a lot of fire power in the 20 20 format.
Expected Pool finish: 2 nd Pambula have been there about in all forms of cricket over the last couple of seasons and have a squad that can compete with the very best teams in the FSCCA.
Word on the street is they have a couple of new players and a wily old veteran setting higher standards at training.
Wolumla: Southern pool
Players to watch: Mitch Venables was a stand out in last years B Grade competition for Wolumla, scoring 380 runs with a top score of 83.
Expected pool finish: 5th Wolumla have traditionally had a strong, dynamic batting team which should suit the 20 20 format. The query for them will be bowling and fielding against some of the other clubs.
If their batters can get away they can post a winning score!
Kameruka: Northern pool
Players to watch: Kameruka rely on whole team efforts and can compete with any team in the competition, look out for Roland Jones-Whittem on the small Kameruka field.
Expected finish: 5th Kameruka battled bravely through the 2 day competition last season after impressing in the one day competition. Expect some big scores at their idyllic home ground.
If they can get their best team on the paddock each week they will give a number of the more fancied teams a fright.
Bega Angledale: Northern pool
Players to watch: Young fast bowler Sam Griffin is expected to be a standout in his 2nd year of A Grade. Brad Moon will look to improve on his strong season last year and turn some strong starts into big scores.
New players Tony Payne and Sushil Bhusal have impressed during the preseason.
Expected pool finish: 2 nd After a disappointing 1 day competition last season the Bulls turned it around during the two day competition and had some very strong wins.
The announcement of experienced campaigner Jay Trevaskis as captain and a number of new players competing for spots with a strong contingent of local juniors this could be an exciting year for the Bulls.
Tathra: Northern pool
Players to watch: Young legspinner Cody Preo will hit the ground running after being selected in the South East U19 side to compete in the CDC 19s in Canberra. He is a genuine match winner with his fast accurate leggies.
Expected Pool finish: 3rd: With a number of experienced players retiring at the end of last season, this will be a new look Tathra side with plenty of potential.
They will be very capable of finishing in the top two of the Northern Pool and progress through to the semi-finals. The lure of leather on willow may be too much for some recent retirees to resist and they could actually field a much stronger team than currently projected.
Games in round 4 against Bega Angledale and Round 5 against Bermagui loom large.
Bermagui: Northern pool
Players to watch: Sean Lambert starred last season with bat and ball ably helped out by Ben Tett and Liam Cooper. Keep an eye out for an experienced Englishman Julian Poulter who spent last season getting in tune with the Australian conditions.
Expected pool finish: 1st The Bermagui A Grade side will be looking to improve on their top 4 finish in last season with a long batting line up with depth and experience.
A trip to the picturesque Bermagui Oval is always a highlight for visiting teams, but it is a fortress for the local team.
Narooma: Northern pool
Players to watch: Experienced campaigner Dean Friskin will appreciate the white ball format of 20 20 and will look to lead an exciting group of local juniors through the pool stages and hopefully into the finals.
Expected pool finish: 4th With a new name and a turnover of experienced players the Narooma Cricket Club are an unknown factor in the competition.
A number of juniors might be a year away from dominating in A grade the 20 20 format could suit them down to the ground.
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