After round two games yesterday, players will have woken up hopeful of not being too sore ahead of today’s round three matches.
Yesterday saw the Southern Storm win in a breath-taking finish against the Desert Blaze at Cazalys Arena.
In the day-night game at DXC Arena, Northern Tide picked up their first win convincingly against the City Cyclones.
Round three emerges to be as good as the last as no game is a certainty for any side.
Round 3: City Cyclones vs. Southern Storm
10:30am at Cazalys Arena
Cazalys Arena will host another exciting match as the undefeated Storm take on the winless Cyclones.
Even though the win-loss records of both teams might suggest a Storm victory, the return of captain Alex Bleakley will bring some valuable local experience to the Cyclones batting line-up.
In addition to this, the lower scores at Cazalys Arena in this tournament (180 184 213 and 214) have led to close finishers and given teams a chance of victory from almost any position.
Cyclones fast bowler Kane Hurley will be fired up looking to add onto his tournament-leading wicket tally of six.
On the other hand, the Storm will be feeling confident heading into this game after securing two victories, staying undefeated in the One-Day Strike league tournament.
Storm match-winning pair Mac Wright and Dean Fry will be looking to add onto their run tallies as both stand top three in the leading run-scorers for the competition.
Storm’s Brodie Symonds will also be one to watch tomorrow after he took three wickets and scored 33 not-out to help get his team over the line yesterday.
Round 3: Desert Blaze vs. Northern Tide
1:30pm at DXC Arena
With both teams having won one game and lost one, this day-night match hints to be a close one at DXC Arena.
The Tide managed to win comfortably yesterday, hardly having the experience of playing under lights at DXC Arena as they bowled the Cyclones out for 144 in 34 overs during sunset.
Northern Tide’s top order featuring New South Wales contracted trio Jason Sanga, Matthew Gilkes and Ryan Hackney will be a threat to the Desert Blaze.
Tide opening bowlers Lochie Bangs and Noah McFadyen will also be threatening with the ball, having picked up five and four wickets respectively in the tournament so far.
The Desert Blaze will feature four contracted players in New South Wales fast bowler Chris Tremain, Sydney Sixers all-rounder Hayden Kerr, Tasmanian spinner Tom Andrews and Western Australian spinner Corey Rocchiccioli.
Another off-spinner in Hamish Martin will be one for the Tide to look out for additionally, with the local Palmerston talent having taken three wickets in yesterday’s game to lead the competition in wickets taken.
Another player leading the competition is Blaze all-rounder, Jackson Isakka who has scored 122 in total to lead the run tally in the league.
This match is set to be an intriguing encounter with both teams looking for their second win.
Alex Bleakley (c), Jackson Edmondstone, Tushaar Garg, Dylan Hunter, Kane Hurley, Campbell Kellaway, Ryan McElduff, Josh Neill, Keegan Oates, Zac Sleeman (wk), Yash Pednekar, Banjo Waring.
Mac Wright (c), Blade Baxter, Ash Chandrasinghe, Sam Fanning, Dean Fry, Josh Kann, Micheal Kudra (wk), Conor McInerney, Arjun Nair, Lucas Nitschke, Kyle Scrimegour, Brodie Symonds.
Tom Andrews (c), Connor Blaxell-Hill, Dylan Brasher, Hugo Burden, Oscar Corby, Coby Edmondstone, Max Hatzoglou (wk), Jackson Isakka, Tom Kelaart, Hayden Kerr, Hamish Martin, Corey Rocchiccioli, Chris Tremain, Jack White.
Isaac Conway (c), Lochie Bangs, Matthew Gilkes (wk), Ryan Hackney, Matt Hammond, Isaac Higgins, Corey Hunter, Noah McFadyen, Jayllen Naganayagam, Jason Sanga, Callum Stow, Austin Umpherston.