Home teams face tough visiting teams
CRICKET: Both Gladstone-based sides face crunch games in the penultimate round of the first half of the Frenchville Sports Club Capricorn Challenge competition.
BITS are at BITS Oval against Frenchville while The Glen take on Gracemere at Sun Valley both from 10am today.
The Glen sit in third position on the ladder while Gracemere are second and in touch with the first-placed Frenchville.
The team which finishes first at the end of the minor round earns the right to play in the grand final.
The second and third-ranked teams meet with the victor set to meet the minor premiers in the decider.
While number one is probably out of reach for The Glen, a win at Sun Valley against Gracemere will all but sew up a spot in a semi-finals showdown which is likely to be against Gracemere.
The Glen all-rounder Sam Lowry said the return of key players will help bolster the team.
"We're looking pretty strong and as always there are a couple who are not available, but we have a handy batting side with Mick and Devey Heymer back, Jason Seng and Liam Kirk as well," Lowry said.
The talented left-hand batsman and medium pace bowler said Gracemere will be a tough opponent.
"The last time we played them, they were under strength and they will be a lot stronger this time," Lowry said.
He said his form has been steady in the games that have been played.
"My form is not too bad, but with a couple of games being washed out I think I have only played three or four games for The Glen this season," Lowry said.
Gracemere may miss strike bowler Ben Milne, but Lowry said it would not surprise if he plays.
"It's only rumours and he's one of their main bowlers.
While BITS are at the foot of the ladder, pride will be on the line at BITS Oval against Frenchville.
BITS are yet to gain any points and will be keen to get on the board leading into the New Year.
Frenchville Sports Club Capricorn Challenge R8 - 10am
Today The Glen v Gracemere @ Sun Valley; BITS v Frenchville @ BITS