The doubleheader last weekend saw the Southern Storm go one game clear on top of the Strike League One-Day ladder, putting the rest of the competition under pressure with three games to go.

 

The Desert Blaze, sitting 2-1, is the best chance of toppling the undefeated Storm if they can have a strong run home which includes defeating the ladder leaders.

 

Third-placed Northern Tide is still a chance with a bit needing to go their way.

 

The Cyclones are still looking for their first win, which could throw a spanner in the works if they were to win one of the last three games.

 

For all teams, there is plenty to play for with recruiters casting an eye and a massive T20 Strike League brewing in the calendar with the Melbourne Renegades and Stars announced to join the competition, starting on August 15.

 

Round 4: City Cyclones vs. Desert Blaze

10:30am at Cazalys Arena

 

The Cyclones are set to receive a much-needed boost to its batting line-up with New South Wales and Sydney Sixers batsman Jack Edwards joining the team.

 

With team scores of 166, 144 and 265 for the Cyclones this campaign, the batting of Edwards should assist the team and add to the form of, Zac Sleeman who has already notched up two half-centuries this tournament.

 

Cyclones and Gold Coast District fast bowler Kane Hurley will be one for the Blaze to look out for after the quick took five wickets last weekend to co-lead the competition for most wickets taken.

 

Leading with Hurley is Blaze and Palmerston off-spinner Hamish Martin who has also taken seven wickets for the tournament following an impressive weekend last week where he took four wickets.

 

The Blaze will also have centurion Hugo Burdon who raised the bat after scoring an unbeaten 106 last Sunday.

 

Along with Queenslander Burdon will be Sydney Sixers Big Bash cricketer Hayden Kerr who scored an impressive 73 and 49 last weekend to put himself in the second position for leading run-scorers.

 

The Blaze will also feature New South Wales fast bowler Chris Tremain, Tasmanian off-spinner Tom Andrews and Western Australian off-spinner Corey Rocchiccioli in the side.

 

The trio are coming of solid round three performances where Rocchiccioli picked up three wickets while Tremain and Andrews took two each.

 

This game is a must-win for the Blaze to keep their hopes of gaining the top spot on the ladder alive while the Cyclones will be desperate to gather their first victory of the tournament.

 

Round 4: Northern Tide vs. Southern Storm

1:30pm at DXC Arena

 

The Tide will come into this match with the inclusion of local NT fast bowler Ryan Wilson and Nightcliff pair Jayllen Naganayagam and Joel Curtis.

 

Jason Sanga will take the reigns as captain for the Tide while Curtis will have the gloves on.

 

New South Wales batsman Sanga will be one to look out for after scores of 72 and 47 last weekend and Matthew Gilkes who scored 21 and 81 for the Tide.

 

Queenslander Corey Hunter will be another threat to the Storm after scoring 75 and 36 in the doubleheader last weekend.

 

The undefeated Storm will hope to continue its winning ways when it arrives at DXC Arena for its first day-night fixture of the tournament.

 

Storm captain Mac Wright believes his side is yet to find their best and says the Storm will need to adjust to the new conditions when they play under the lights at DXC Arena.

 

"We're very pleased to be three from three but we also feel we are a fair way off our best cricket, so it is exciting to know that hopefully, our best cricket is ahead of us," Wright said.

 

“Obviously the dew probably has a bit to play so learning from how the other games have gone in terms of whose batted and bowled at what times will be important.”

 

Wright will be one for the Tide to look out for, having scored 34, 73 and 23 for the tournament so far.

 

Centurion Josh Kann will be another prospect in this game as he leads the competition in runs scored following a brilliant knock of 142 from 124 deliveries last weekend.

 

Queenslander Kann will also be important with the ball for the Storm as he leads the competition for the best economy rate at 2.8.

 

The competition's most equipped finisher, Dean Fry, will be another one to look out for after the all-rounder took the Storm to victory on two occasions with the bat in both their run chases this campaign.

 

Storm fast bowlers Brodie Symonds and Blade Baxter will look to continue taking wickets as the pair sit equal second on the wicket taking leader board having gathered six each for the tournament so far.

 

This match looks to be a cracker as the undefeated Storm will step onto the field of DXC Arena for the first time this tournament for a day-night game while the Tide have already played in the conditions twice before.

 

City Cyclones

Keegan Oates (c), Jackson Edmondstone, Jack Edwards, Tushaar Garg, Dylan Hunter, Kane Hurley, Campbell Kellaway, Ryan Mcelduff, Josh Neill, Yash Pednekar, Zac Sleeman (wk), Banjo Waring.

 

Desert Blaze

Tom Andrews (c), Dylan Brasher, Hugo Burdon, Oscar Corby, Coby Edmondstone, Max Hatzoglou (wk), Jackson Isakka, Hayden Kerr, Hamish Martin, Corey Rocchiccioli, Chris Tremain, Jack White.

 

Northern Tide

Jason Sanga (c), Isaac Conway, Joel Curtis (wk), Matthew Gilkes, Ryan Hackney, Matt Hammond, Isaac Higgins, Corey Hunter, Noah McFadyen, Jayllen Naganayagam, Callum Stow, Ryan Wilson.

 

Southern Storm

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.