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Top four sorted but still plenty to play for

Posted by on 18/07/2018

Cricket North West are assured of at least one team in theGreater Northern Cup final, and three teams in the semi-finals, but their exact finishing positions won’t be known until after the final round of games on Saturday.
Nanjing Night Net

The most anticipated game on the Coast will be at West Park when Burnie hostDevonport.

The Hurricanes blew a chance to move into secondlast Sunday when they lost to Latrobe. but can still grab that coveted spot with a win on Saturday and a Demons loss to Ulverstone.

With State under 19 players James Odgers and Pearce Watling returning to the team, two players have had to make way, and the unlucky pair are English import Charlie King and Shaun Redman

The Orions welcome back opening bowler Chris Lindsay from the team that annihilated Wynyard last round, with Tim Moore going back to second grade.

Latrobe are also in the mix for a home semi-final, but first must take care of an Ulverstone side looking to finish a disappointing campaign on a high.

The Demons chances have been dealt a blow at the selection table with opening batsman Callan Morse ruled out through injury, while Matt Clarke is unavailable.

The duo are replaced in-form under 17 player Heath Davies and coach Leigh Rowley.

Pace bowler Sam Murfitt and top-order batsman Darren Banham returnto the Black Caps team that finally posted 306 against Sheffield, replacingBrent Munday and Ethan Miles.

Wynyard and Sheffield will battle it out for valuable points to take forward into the CNW two-day roster after Christmas, but both captains will also be keen for their bowlers to finally get among the wickets followingsome lean times.

The undermanned Blues will also still be smarting from their embarrassing performance last Sunday, and have a significantly improved team to take the park.

Captain Kade Bellinger returns from work commitments, along with Gregg Sharman,Matt Bowen and Kayden Last.

Springing into action: Wicketkeeper Matt Bowen returns to the Wynyard team for its final Greater Northern Cup game against Sheffield.

They replace Warwick Gee, Dane Townsend, Brendan Willcox and Damien Harvey.

Still striving for their first win of the competition, Sheffield have included Ian Clarquinn and Daniel Richards.

In the North, ladder leaders Westbury will be looking to consolidate its position when it hosts Riverside, whose finals chances were blown after losing to Burnie.

Mowbray travel to the NTCA No. 2 ground to play South Launceston, while Launceston get an extra week off before the break.

Greater Northern Cup ladder:Westbury 67, Devonport 60, Latrobe 57, Burnie 56, South Launceston 44, Riverside 42, Mowbray 40, Ulverstone 32, Wynyard 20, Launceston 13, Sheffield 4.

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