Cricket

Time is running out for top cricket teams to make an impact – The Gisborne Herald

Time is running out for top cricket teams to make an impact – The Gisborne Herald

Published on March 04, 2022 14:32

Top-tier cricket teams have an ever-shorter track to extend their season, with just two weeks of regular-season cricket this summer.

A modified competition format for the DJ Barry Cup means the second- and third-placed teams will face off in the semi-finals to decide who takes on the regular-season winners the following weekend.

With a perfect record of four wins, Bollywood Stars High School Old Boys have almost secured their place in the final, which will be played on March 26.

They can only be knocked down by Coastal Concrete OBR, who with a 2-2 record need results to go their way while also fending off Galaxy World High School Gisborne Boys and Horouta.

Boys’ High will have an uphill battle tomorrow as they take on in-form HSOB. Despite winning last weekend, they will enter the game as heavy underdogs against a side that have looked almost unbreakable this season.

HSOB bowlers had trouble getting breakthrough wickets. But, with a batting formation almost identical to that of the representative team from Poverty Bay, with Scott Tallott, Baxter Mackay and captain Carl Shaw leading the formation, this has not been a problem so far.

With a full squad this weekend, HSOB is looking forward to continuing to build momentum into the finals, Shaw said.

“We have to keep playing tight and taking our catches.

“GBHS has a lot of kids who have a lot of talent who can make a big impact, and they’ve improved throughout the season, batting and bowling, and we won’t take them lightly at all.”

He said he felt like they were well placed to succeed this weekend, having had competition for places in the playing XI this week.

GBHS captain Nathan Trowell says they will look to build on the consistency that helped them beat Horouta last weekend.

“Like the performance last week, we have to play well and play well, and hitting 50 overs is crucial.

“It’s a big game for us.”

Horouta has been battered and bruised this season but has always had a determined attitude and cannot be taken lightly.

They will be hoping they can repeat the form they showed in their upset win over OBR six weeks ago. They enter the game with the added advantage of being the commercial end of the season.

With several of their players, such as Teghbir Singh and Bruno Judd, finding their rhythm with bat and ball, they will be confident in their abilities and will need to focus on their execution.

Horouta captain David Situ said it was a “must win” game in their campaign to advance to the semi-finals.

“We need to tighten our lineup and also be more solid with the bat.

“We should be at full power tomorrow, which will help.”

OBR captain Nick Greeks said they will be looking to improve on their performance from last weekend and beat their overs.

“We need someone in the top five to score big and build a run over time for the others to fight for.”

The OBR has a team of dangerous batsmen, such as Josh Adams and Ian Loffler, who have a track record of game-winning performances with the bat.

“It will be a good match, and I know the boys are looking forward to it!”

Undefeated Team: Jak Rowe of the High School Old Boys throws the barrel against OBR. HSOB have won all of their matches, giving them some security to qualify for the finals. They would face the winners of tomorrow’s game between the second- and third-placed teams. Photo by Paul Rickard