IN yet another repeat of the one day final, Nowra Green and Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen’s will meet once again in the Shoalhaven District Cricket Association fourth grade grand final at the Added Area.
If the one day final is any guide, then this one is up for grabs, although Nowra are the favourites here after finishing first.
Nowra had a tougher than expected semi-final win over defending premiers Ulladulla after being in cruise mode since the Christmas break.
Ex-Servo’s, on the other hand, seem to be losing their way in the final rounds, before a last round win put them back up to third, then an outright win in the semi-final against Berry has added some much needed confidence going into the big game.
On paper this would seem a one sided affair, but finals show that paper means nothing.
For Nowra, Lachlan Butfield, Les Ison and Dylan Turner are key figures with the bat, with David Webb, Stuart Brown and Butfield keys with the ball.
Butfield was the leading scorer with the bat and won the all-rounder award for this grade.
For Ex-Servo’s, Barry Cumberland has rolled back the years finishing second in the association bowling and he will be ably supported by Vincent Morris.
Joshua Bodini has been one of the stand outs with the bat for Ex-Servo’s, but they do have the advantage of a lot of batting depth.
This final is a little harder to tip.
Nowra have the form players as well as a lot of youth on their side, while Ex-Servo’s have the edge in experience in big games.
Shane’s tip: Ex-Servos
Pat’s tip: Ex-Servos
Gillian’s tip: Nowra Green