First grade cricket's two day games begin this weekend

First grade’s two day season commences this weekend with Hillgrove and City facing off. City were the surprise packets of the one day season, earning the first spot in the final. 

“We had a plan at the start of the year with the team we had, we were aiming high,” captain Kyle Taylor said. 

“We probably didn't expect to make the final but that is just a bonus.”

The two day matches set a new challenge for the ladder’s big movers and it doesn’t get any tougher than playing reigning premiers Hillgrove. 

“You really have to bat your 80 overs to be competitive, especially against Easts and Hillgrove because they have been so dominant in the two day games,” Taylor said. 

Bowler Karl Triebe has been back to his best form but Taylor is considering calling up an allrounder to lighten the paceman’s workload. 

For City’s opponents, captain Matt Schaefer faces a selection dilemma with four first graders unavailable. 

“I don't know who that it is but if ends up being someone like Cuz [Andrew Curry] again, that will be good with the ball and got 70 runs the other week as well so he will be handy in the middle order with the bat,” he said.

“This weekend I will be looking to guys like Josh Croft, Brad King, Dick Heagney and myself to score all of the runs and spend some time out there.”