Eagles push for second place

MOWBRAY will be pushing hard for a victory over Riverside when their final NTCA first-grade roster game gets under way at Invermay Park tomorrow.

The two-day game will be played on Saturday and Sunday as a result of last week's Breath of Life Concert.

The Eagles are third on the ladder but could move to second with a victory over the Blues and earn a home final, depending on other results.

Eagles captain John Le Fevre said it was a big game for his club and was hoping a two-week break since their last game would not adversely affect his side's form.

"South have put us under the pump a little bit because they look like they are going to get the points so if we win I think we can get to second but if we lose we could drop to fourth," he said.

"The break should help our bowlers who played the Saturday-Sunday against South and copped a bit of stick and a long day in the field.

"We had a few sore bowlers after that so it has given them a chance to freshen up and hopefully we can put everything together and put up a good display on both days."

Mowbray has a full squad to choose from with Clinton Reid returning after missing the game against the Knights.

Le Fevre said they would be focused on restricting Riverside with the bat after their strong batting performance in their last game against George Town.

"Early wickets will be the key with Tom Garwood a mainstay at the top and Patty Mackrill and Peter New doing well.

"They bat fairly deep and their bowling has been a strength this year so we're expecting a pretty tough game."

RIVERSIDE captain- coach Luke Richardson conceded his side's final's chances are over but said they would like to finish the season on a positive note.

"I think even with an outright we're about done as far as finals go with South looking like they will knock Launceston off," he said.

"That's disappointing because it is the main aim of the season when you start but we will approach it like any other week and it's a good chance to pit ourselves against a pretty good side like Mowbray.

"I think we've won two out of our four two-day games and to finish with three out of five would be a real positive for us."

The Blues should regain bowlers Oliver Wood and Nathan Van Noord.

SOUTH LAUNCESTON resumes in a strong position at 5-116, after dismissing the Lions for 123 last week.

South captain Sean Harris said weather and conditions would play a part in deciding how the Knights approached the final day's play.

"We would love to be able to bat a bit more time to give some batsmen time out in the middle.

"We hope the rain stays away and the key would be to knock off the deficit and get the win on the first innings.

"From there it will depend on what the wicket is doing and the weather as to whether we push for an outright victory."

LAUNCESTON captain Rowan Smith said the Lions batting was disappointing last week after a good start with 200 or more a par score.

"The batsmen really got themselves out and we didn't apply ourselves to get a good score," Smith said.

"If we get to bat a second time we need to get some partnerships together and bat well to take some confidence into the semis."

WESTBURY is likely to declare and push for outright points against George Town after the Shamrocks enjoyed a run feast last week amassing 9-445.

The Saints will then set themselves the task of chasing the big total in their final game of the season and attempt to bat all day to deny Westbury an outright victory.

"George Town were very good early last week and their two opening bowlers bowled really well to have us in trouble at 2-30, " Westbury coach Adrian Tudor said.

"Then Sean (Stevenson) and Kieran Hume dug in before lunch and we were able to reap the rewards after that and Richard Howe took the bowlers on in an aggressive knock with some really good cricket."

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