Bega/Angledale Bulls stampede in to finals

BEGA/ANGLEDALE Bulls captain Dave Allen says Eden look the favourite ahead of the final tomorrow, but the weather might take chance out of the equation. 

George Griffin Oval has a turf pitch that will be unplayable if the rain persists, resulting in the Bulls scoring the win based on ladder rankings. 

“You don’t postpone it, that’s it,” Allen said. 

“It’s not looking great at the moment with the weather forecast.”

Allen said synthetic pitches are easier to make a start on, but rain will halt play.

“We could move it to a synthetic wicket, but hopefully the weather forecast is wrong and it clears up tomorrow.

“We’ve got to wait and see I guess,” he said. 

 Meanwhile, if play does go ahead Allen said the Eden squad will start as favourite. 

“Eden has the four fast bowlers and over the past few years the dominance has been with fast bowlers.

“In the past few years, the highest score has been about 150 – the bowlers tend to dominate the bat.”

Allen said the key for his team will be putting the bat to the ball and getting runs on the board so his team has room to play. 

“The key for us is just to post a score and give our bowlers an opportunity. 

However, Allen said he was confident if the team could produce a similar match to its semi final showing. 

“Yeah I think if we can replicate last week’s performance we’ll be in good stead,” he said. 

The Bulls line up is in top form before the contest.

“The return of star batsman Robbie Ringland from ACT duties,” Allen said about the semi final match. 

The combination of Ringland and Sam Hodder created “an outstanding 142 run third wicket partnership”.

Hodder was finally dismissed on 71, but Ringland “forged ahead” Allen said. 

Allen said any hopes Merimbula had “soon evaporated” and the Bulls closed out the semi final clear winners. 

It will be those same combinations of Ringland and Hodder the team will look to for their batting prowess if play goes ahead tomorrow. 

The match is due to start at George Griffin Oval from 1pm. 

Check out the Meet our grand finalists player profiles of the Bega/Angledale Bulls in Friday's BDN. 

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