Can the Demons fire up or will the wind blow South?
Date of Event : Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:59PM

Sampath Perera (27 wickets) and Afan Sheriff (24 wickets) will be out for quick scalps when they take on Bentleigh at Princes Park this weekend. They have the support of Kanishka Alvitigala (17) and Johnathan Curtis (16) to keep the Demons bats at bay.

For Bentleigh it will need big runs from Tom Meredith (422 runs) and Rob Ciccarella (342). The captains run since November has been disappointing, and after two consecutive ducks is now overdue for a big one and the timing couldn’t be better if he does, whilst Meredith will be disappointed in last week’s effort with the bat (3), he gets a chance in the big one to also put Bentleigh in the driver’s seat. Jarrad Dowling (307) and Andrew Walker (296) will be other key batsmen to watch as the South’s bowlers look to dominate.

South’s Lewis Mildenhall (439 runs courtesy of his 101-last week against Carnegie) is the wicket Bentleigh will be looking to pick up quickly, but South’s batting includes young opener Elliot Bradley (309), Will Russell (337) and Luke Russell (249). A handy batting line-up and one that will work hard to keep Mitch Spencer (31 wickets) and Dan Richardson (21) out.

South’s won the T20 with overs and wickets to spare back in January, whilst Bentleigh had the better of South in the last round before finals at Arthur St. In a low scoring affair it was Tom Merdith (33) and Shane Jeffree (33) as Sampath Perera snared 4/15. In reply Mitch Spencer picked up 5/40 as South’s were bundled out for 99, the bowlers in Alvitigala (38) and Curtis (23) making what little runs came out of that innings.

Its hard to look past South’s who will be looking for back to back CSB Championship Premierships, but don’t discount Bentleigh they did a great job shutting down Bonbeach last week with not a big score on the board.

Come Sunday it could be one hell of a party at Arthur St, or South’s will be looking for a bigger flag pole and a southerly zephyr for its next Premiership pennant.

Last updated: Thursday March 15, 2018 5:01PM

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