All washed out | Cricket previews

BOWLING: Jamison Murphy bowls down the pitch while batsman Jake Walsh and fielder Matt Thornton look on.
BOWLING: Jamison Murphy bowls down the pitch while batsman Jake Walsh and fielder Matt Thornton look on.

In a disappointing return to cricket after a virus-enforced break, all A and B grade matches were washed out at the weekend.

Round 9 Preview

A Grade

Wandearah v South Port - Memorial oval 10.30am

The Rams and Pirates clash at Memorial oval this Saturday.

The Pirates suffered a narrow loss to the Rams in their last match. The bowling for the Pirates is impressive with Westley Wyatt, Nick Hill, James Pavlich, Fraser Wyatt, Rob Anderson and Liam Dreaver all doing well. Olly Cosmai is the key at the top of the order for the Pirates and if he makes runs the Pirates should go well. Mitchell Alchin, Flynn Bullen, Bear Moore, Rob Anderson, Fraser Wyatt and James Congdon need to help Cosmai to get a total of 150.

The Rams have been able to meet most challenges so far this season and sit top of the ladder after eight rounds. Todd Baker, Matt Thornton and Andrew Congdon are the main players for the Rams. Stevie Athanasos might return this week and Jack Dickeson is home for Uni holidays and if available will boost the sides batting power as well as fielding.

This should be a great contest and I have a sneaky feeling it will be third time lucky for the Pirates.

Port Germein v Proprietary - Port oval 12.30pm

The Sharks and Panthers at Port oval this Saturday.

The Sharks moved into second place with a win over the Panthers a couple of weeks ago. Zak Hutchinson, Dan Pine and Kieran Blackwell were in good form with the bat in their last match.

Simon George is a power hitter and when he is on no one in the association can stop him.

The bowling is very strong as well for the Sharks with Lachie Pole, Blackwell, Luke Anesbury, Hutchinson, Cam Pine and Dan Pine all very handy.

The Panthers sit bottom at the moment but have far too much talent to stay there for long. The Panthers scored a very good total last time these sides meet only for it to be chased down. Ben Brown, Tyler Thorpe, Cam Edson, Randall Wyatt, Jack Tiller, Reece Fowler, Tate Bradley, Austin Waters and Peter Bessen are all quality cricketers and when they find form they will be hard to beat.

The Panthers could move into second spot with a good win so I will tip them in a close one.

Round 9 Preview

B Grade

Proprietary v Port Germein - Port oval 8.00am

The Panthers and Sharks meet at Port oval on Saturday morning. The Panthers key players will be Owen Fuchs, Caileb Wyatt, Rafaqat Ali, Sean Greig and Charlie Webb. The Sharks best so far this year have been Cody Bray and Mack Brentson. The Panthers to win.

The Sharks and Cats meet at Complex 1 on Saturday morning. The Cats key players are Ben Goodridge, Blake Davidson and Jarryd Anderson. I think the Cats will win.

Risdon v Wandearah - Complex 1 8.30am

The Tigers take on the Rams at Complex 1 on Saturday morning. The Rams will look to Rob Jeffries, Dwain Sedunary and Chris Crouch to perform. The Tigers should have too much talent for the Rams with Mitch Young, Peter Reed, Leigh Hajisavva and Andrew Thorsteinsen the key players. The Tigers to win.

South Port v Warnertown - Pirie West 8.30am

The Pirates and Wombats play at Pirie West on Saturday morning. Sam Ferme, Tyson Fetherstonhaugh and Vittorio Ciampi are the players to watch for the Pirates. The Wombats key is Dylan Brooks who is probably the best player in the B grade competition. Matt Taylor, Cavan Smith and Luke Patterson need to perform if available to help the Wombats. I think the Wombats in a close one.