Do or die for BITS in crunch Cap match
CRICKET: Boyne Island-Tannum Sands (BITS) face first-placed Frenchville in today's round eight of the Cap Challenge from 10.30am in Rockhampton.
Frenchville can all but seal a spot in the grand final with a win while BITS need to win to be in the running to make the decider on December 18.
But the task is made harder for the BITS side because last Saturday's match against The Glen was washed out, especially given they had The Glen on the ropes after 24 overs when The Glen were 5-83.
BITS stand-in captain Terry Sawyer conceded that luck needs to full his team's way if they are a chance to make the grand final.
"We need to win, and it also depends on other results and 'what-ifs',” Sawyer said.
Sawyer will lead the side because regular skipper Lucas Hall is not available, one of several who cannot make the trip to Rocky.
"We're missing a fair few, but our core group is still there,” Sawyer said.
He referred the core group as being pace bowlers Josh Finlay and Trev Tickner and batsmen Dave Webber, Matt "Humphrey” Toohey and Tim Jackson.
"Tim Jackson's due for more runs and Dave (Webber) has missed out of late while "Humphrey” has been in reasonable form,” Sawyer said.
The nature of the pitch made determine the decision of the captain who wins the toss, but generally speaking, the Rockhampton strip should suit the batsmen.
"The pitch is usually hard and flat and with the weather to be about 38 or 39 degrees, hopefully we can bat first and keep them out in the field for the full 40 overs,” Sawyer said.
As for his own form, Sawyer hopes his next big score is today.
"I have got a heap of starts and any one of us in the top order must go on and make a big score,” Sawyer said.
The Glen are out of the finals picture, but aim to upset Gracemere, which will be eager to cement a spot in the decider as well.
Capricorn Coast Parkana and Yaralla would want to win to potentially avoid the wooden spoon in their game in Yeppoon.