Greater Northern Cup round 6 preview

GREAT DANE: Star Shamrock Dane Anderson will return for his side's trip to Devonport. Picture: Paul Scambler
GREAT DANE: Star Shamrock Dane Anderson will return for his side's trip to Devonport. Picture: Paul Scambler

Riverside will be looking to leapfrog Latrobe and claim a spot in the Greater Northern Cup top four when the two sides meet on Saturday.

The Blues are high on confidence following two wins on the trot and skipper Tom Garwood is planning to bring a third-straight win back on the bus from the North-West. 

“We’re taking a fair bit of confidence out of the last few weeks,” Garwood said.

“Hopefully we’ll take the momentum into (this weekend) with our batters batting deep into the 50 overs and our bowlers starting off well.

“Latrobe are a pretty good side so they’ve got a few key wickets we need to get but usually we don’t mind a coach trip.”

Burnie loom as somewhat of an unknown entity for Alec Smith’s SOUTH LAUNCESTON, who broke a run of losses with a solid win over Mowbray last weekend.

The Knights will field an unchanged side against the top-of-the-table Hurricanes.

“We haven’t played them for a number of years so we don’t really know exactly how a lot of their players play,” Smith said.

“We’ll see how it pans out on the day but we're obviously aware they’ve done really well and won the North-West competition last year so they’re a good team.”

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REEVES RETURNING: Justin Reeves took 3-2 against Launceston two weeks ago.

REEVES RETURNING: Justin Reeves took 3-2 against Launceston two weeks ago.

MOWBRAY will take to its home ground for the first time this season when it hosts a 0-4 Sheffield outfit. 

The in-form Justin Reeves will replace Rick Considine in the Eagles’ bowling lineup while Alex Jordan put himself into selection contention last weekend with an unbeaten half-century in second grade.

Eagles skipper John LeFevre said his side was keen to run out on the familiar soil of Invermay Park. 

“It’ll be nice to be back out there after the long off-season for us away from our home ground…it rivals any ground in Tasmania.

“We’ll obviously have to play a lot better cricket if we want to come away with the points but that’s our focus this week, to try and improve and make sure we’re putting in better performances.”

WESTBURY’s away trip to Devonport is like a ‘mini-final’, says Shamrocks captain Richard Howe.

The Shamrocks sit two games off the pace at 1-3 and will need to be at their best to outplay the Orions.

“We need to win nearly every game now if we’re to give ourselves a chance of playing finals,” Howe said.

“Our bowling has improved greatly since the start of the year but it’s time to step up now as a batting group and put some runs on the board.”

Westbury will lose Jono Chapman but regain Dane Anderson.

Alistair Taylor is taking nothing for granted ahead of LAUNCESTON’s clash with Ulverstone.

The 3-1 Lions had the bye last weekend but spent plenty of time in the nets tuning up for a “dangerous” Black Caps unit. 

“I don’t think we’ve beaten them for a while,” Taylor said.

“Josh Walmsley’s a class player and last time we played them Darren Banham scored a really good hundred... so they’re obviously two with the bat you’ve got to put a lot of work into.”

Rowan Smith (overseas) and Ben Humphrey make way for Tom Bennett and Matthew Woods.

ROUND 6

Latrobe v Riverside (Latrobe)

Devonport v Westbury (Devonport)

Launceston v Ulverstone (NTCA No 1)

Mowbray v Sheffield (Invermay Park)

Burnie v South Launceston (West Park Oval)

Wynyard - BYE