Gloves off for Twenty20 spectacle
THE gloves are off for this evening’s A Grade Twenty20 cricket final between Colts and Valleys at Albert Park.
Valleys reached the final thanks to an unlikely victory over Harlequins last weekend.
Colts, meanwhile, had already advanced last weekend but received a blow to their confidence when handed a defeat by Wests, who were determined to overthrow a poor start to the season.
Both teams will be playing for the Robertson Brothers Shield and a jump start in the standings for the season’s overall premiership title.
Valleys will be led into battle by captain Shane Walker while at the helm of Colts is Travis Chandler.
Walker expected a tight battle but was confident his team had the goods to win.
Last time both sides met in the first round of the competition, Colts emerged victorious in a result that came down to the final over.
“It was very close last time and the result could have fallen our way,” Walker said.
“We know we have what it takes to beat them so it will be just a matter of making it happen and taking our chances.”
Missing from Valleys for this evening’s titanic clash will be Troy Ashton and Steve Brady, who both will be playing for the Gympie Offroad Gold XI.
Mitchell Hillcoat will step in for Ashton while Walker said he would draw on the reserve grade side to fill Brady’s shoes.
Walker said the side’s youngest player, Liam O’Brien, aged just 14, would have a big role to play.
“Liam has stepped up from the C Grade competition and has been playing really well so far this season,” Walker said.
Playing against much older competition, O’Brien has not been daunted by the challenge.
“He doesn’t seem worried and has been rising to the challenge,” Walker said.
Colts captain Travis Chandler couldn’t be contacted ahead of this evening’s final, starting at 6pm.
Meanwhile, the Reserve Grade final for the Blackburn Family Shield will be a preview of the A Grade battle, to be contested earlier between Colts and Valleys.
WEEKEND CRICKET DRAW
Gympie Offroad Gold XI vs Caboolture away
Twenty20 Finals at Albert Park
Valleys v Colts Reserve Grade Final, 2pm.
Valleys v Colts, A Grade Final, 6pm
Twenty20 C Grade draw
Colts vs Valleys at Albert Park No.2, 1pm
Harlequins vs Tin Can Bay at Kozminsky Oval, 1pm. Wests – bye.