By Sam Watson
THE Leongatha and District Cricket Association Grand Finals are here and there’s some blockbuster matchups in store for A Grade cricket on Saturday.
A Grade, Division 1
THE clear-cut two best sides in A1, Leongatha Town and OMK, will face off at Thompson Reserve to see who will be crowned the best team in the LDCA.
Leongatha Town has had OMK’s measure throughout the season, beating them by 68 runs in their first meeting and then by five wickets in the next.
But anything can happen in finals and OMK certainly has the team to match it with the reigning premiers.
Both sides have extremely strong batting line-ups and OMK will be hoping to see the back of Sahan Perera, Amila Ratnaike and Madura Madusanka early in the game.
OMK has shared the load amongst its bowlers all season and they’ll be hoping to find a few strokes of brilliances from someone on Saturday.
Town also has deep bowling stocks and they too have found wickets from a multitude of bowlers all season.
Key wickets for OMK will be captain Daniel Mock and Ryan Williams but like Town, there’s plenty of firepower through the entire team.
OMK superstar Luke Manders has been sidelined with a hand injury for the last few weeks but they were hoping he might return for the grand final.
If he is available to play, it will be another obstacle for Town to overcome if they wish to win back-to-back premierships.
A Grade, Division 2
Much like A1, the two best sides throughout the season rightfully find themselves in the Grand Final.
Koonwarra will take on MDU at Scorpion Park to see who will move into A1 next season.
Due to washouts, the grand finalists were only able to complete one game against each other during the season in which Koonwarra held on by 12 runs.
If that match is anything to go by, the A2 final could certainly be a nail biter.
Koonwarra bats very deep but MDU will definitely want to minimise Sam Hughes, Ben Davison and Ben Walsh’s impact on the game.
Some doubt has been thrown over MDU’s bowling attack but they certainly silenced that on Saturday when they bowled Kilcunda Bass out for 42.
Darien Matthews, Nick Eddy and Mark Cantwell will all feature heavily with the ball for MDU and with the bat Eddy, Joel Sinclair and Ben Heppell will be their keys to success.
Quick bowler Jason Kennedy will once again be in the thick of the bowling action for Koonwarra as will the experienced Sam Sperling.