Launceston backs momentum 

LAUNCESTON captain Rowan Smith is looking to carrying the momentum of last week's big win over George Town into tomorrow's clash with Riverside when the two teams meet at the NTCA ground.

Launceston claimed an outright victory over the Saints and Smith said he was hopeful some of the confidence gained from it will flow into the game against Riverside.

``There is a log-jam on the ladder for teams placed between second and fifth and it is critical that we get some points out of this game,'' he said.

Launceston sits second but South Launceston, Mowbray and Riverside are all hovering with just four rounds left.

Smith said this would be the first time Launceston has met Riverside in a two-day game after earlier playing a tie in a one-day clash and then claiming a win in the Twenty20 competition.

He is looking to his top order batsmen to again set up the game for Launceston.

In the last game Smith and James Whitely put on an opening stand of 62 and they were supported by Job Edmunds as Launceston was able to make 8-319.

Smith said the two-game format suited young fast bowler Ben Fraser, who bowled economically last game, and he was looking for another good performance from him.

Riverside claimed first innings victory over South Launceston last week to keep its season alive and will be after more points tomorrow.

On Sunday the Launceston Cricket Club is hosting a Pink Stumps Day at the NTCA ground from 3pm.

Launceston is encouraging all families and friends to come to the NTCA ground after Festivale and cheer on the Lionesses as they take on South Launceston in a women's Twenty20 match.

Bar facilities will be available as well as afternoon tea, games for the children and great raffle prizes.

The club is asking people to come dressed with a touch of pink and also bring a ``folding'' donation to go towards providing breast cancer sufferers with better care and support.

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Mowbray will regain top order batsman Michael Arram for the game against George Town at Invermay Park.

Arram missed last week's upset win over Westbury because of a wedding commitment in Hobart.

Mowbray captain Jon Le Fevre said the return of Arram had made selection difficult with one unlucky player missing out.

Le Fevre has plenty of respect for George Town and is expecting the Saints to fight back after last week's one-sided defeat.

``I'm expecting a close contest,'' he said.

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Westbury captain Dane Anderson is confident his team can bounce back from last week's shock loss to Mowbray.

The Shamrocks were beaten outright after managing just 38 in their second innings.

``The wicket favoured the bowlers but that is still no excuse for getting dismissed for 38 and it was a pretty average performance,'' he said.

Westbury has made a couple of changes with Dean Cousins back in the side at the expense of Josh Adams and John Kedey.

Anderson said the clash with South Launceston and the next game against Launceston would be important lead-ins for the upcoming NTCA finals.

``South Launceston is a good team with quality batsmen and bowlers,'' he said.

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