Riverside aims to bowl over the Shamrocks

RIVERSIDE faces the challenge of finding a way to beat undefeated NTCA reigning premier Westbury in tonight's T20 grand final at Riverside.

Both teams qualified with semi-final victories last week and Westbury, which has dominated the NTCA and Greater Northern Cup this season, will be looking to make amends for its defeat in last year's final to South Launceston.

Riverside captain Rob Artis said despite the  Blues   being  undefeated  in T20 cricket this season they were expecting a tight final.

``We've played some good cricket so we give ourselves a chance, but Westbury has  obviously  been the yardstick of the competition for the past couple of years,'' Artis said.

``It's nice to play at home but we will have to play pretty well regardless of whether there is a home-ground advantage.''

Riverside  left-arm, off-spinner Tom Walker comes into its side for balance at the expense of Owen Firth with Zac Towns returning to the batting order after missing the semi-final.

Artis said his side needed to be more aggressive in its batting but still build partnerships and be smarter with its bowling and field settings.

Westbury coach Adrian Tudor said his side would be wary of over-confidence after last year's grand final defeat and not get ahead of itself.

``Our T20 batting and bowling have gone hand in hand,'' Tudor said.

``We've been able to get the job done with the ball and if we haven't our batsmen have been able to chase down scores.

``They've been able to complement each other and there are not too many deficiencies in our line-up.''

The Shamrocks have included 16-year-old off-spinner Nathan Parkin in the absence of Michael Lukic.

``We've got a couple of injury clouds but we're confident of a good showing.''


WHO: Riverside v Westbury.

WHAT: NTCA T20 final.

WHEN: Tonight, 5.15pm.

WHERE: Riverside.

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