Monaro cricket grand final glory awaits

Jindabyne’s Dale Cook and the Aussie Hotel’s Kaeliff Khoury wish each other all the best before their semi-final match at Rotary Oval. While Dalgety’s Iain Elliot and Peak View Jerangle’s Nathan Boate are ready for their encounter at Nijong Oval.PEAK View Jerangle and Dalgety will square off in the Monaro District Cricket Association’s semi finals this weekend, revisiting their rivalry that stretches back to last season’s grand final.
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PVJ claimed the 2014/15 premiership but have had a tougher season this time around with the side needing a win last week to secure a spot in the semi finals.

Dalgety enter the finals after a last round loss to Coffey’s Hotel. They finished the season in second place on the ladder after proving to be one of the competition’s most consistent outfits.

Boasting a strong batting lineup, Dalgety will be tested on the turf at Nijong Oval with PVJ possessing an array of quick bowlers.

PVJ has struggled with the bat this season but following last week’s efforts from Archie Allen (31 not out) and Craig Bottom who hit a half century, their woes with willow may be over.

It shapes as a cracking semi-final with PVJ’s bowlers set to fire once more. Their battery of quicks including Isaac Hornemann, James Ewart and Mitch Clarke will be looking to create early inroads into the Dalgety innings.

For Dalgety their batting line has flourished on many occasions this season with Iain Elliot, Eddie Hogan and Simon Freebody regularly amongst the runs.

In the other semi-final, minor premiers Jindabyne face the Aussie Hotel who have won the majority of their games after Christmas to storm into the finals.

The Aussie had an easy win over Jindabyne on the weekend but this Saturday’s rematch at Rotary Oval will be a different challenge on turf.

Jindabyne’s bowling unit boasts a healthy array of options for captain Nick Hind, with quicks in Simon Partell, Matt Nicholson, and Hind forming a winning combination with spinner Lucas Rixon.

The Aussie’s batsmen have hit a purple patch with the Monaro’s leading run scorer Chris Khoury, Mitch Hynes and Stuart Wood all in form with the bat.

In their bowling stocks, Harry Sidhu has been their form bowler. His probing line and length has troubled opposition batsmen, as has that of Damien Asanovski.

Two great games are in store this Saturday. Both matches start at 12.30pm.

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