HCA B Grade semi-final 2016-17: Lubeck-Murtoa v Horsham Saints

FRONT FOOT: Graeme Reddie concentrates while batting for Lubeck-Murtoa in the B Grade one-day final. His form has mirrored that of his side. Picture: OLIVIA PAGE

FRONT FOOT: Graeme Reddie concentrates while batting for Lubeck-Murtoa in the B Grade one-day final. His form has mirrored that of his side. Picture: OLIVIA PAGE

LUBECK-MURTOA head into the B grade finals series as the in-form side in the grade but will have its work cut out for it to progress to the grand final.

The side will clash with Horsham Saints at Coughlin Park due to a quirk in the finals fixtures.

The Saints side will feel at home at Coughlin but has stuttered into finals with an out of form batting lineup.

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Although a Gary Davidson century and a Mark O’Beirne half-century went some way to rectifying that last round the rest of the team struggled to make starts against Colts.

The side will likely be strengthened as players return from A Grade duty but it will be a difficult task to defeat Lubeck-Murtoa.

The sides could hardly come into finals in with a greater difference in form.

While the Saints have lost its last three game Lubeck-Murtoa have be going from strength to strength.

Prior to an outright win for Lubeck-Murtoa in round eleven the Saints sat above the side on the ladder.

At the conclusion of the regular season there was a 12-point margin between the sides. A Grand final victory on Sunday, a demolition of Bullants in the final round and a previous win over Colts will mean Lubeck-Murtoa are brimming with confidence ahead of the semi-final.

Craig Wilson, Graeme Reddie, Hamish Gawith, Lachlan Patching and Shannon drove the side’s form upwards as the season progressed. The Saints bowling attack will need to bowl consistently in order to contain the score to something its batsman can better.

  • The game starts 2pm Saturday and 1pm Sunday.
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