Wright, let’s do this

February 16, 2018

Felix Odell will look to lead his Old Students to another big score against Katandra.

Another Haisman Shield grand final rematch will begin tomorrow.

But Katandra and Old Students are on opposite paths this season.

The Eagles are looking to shore up their spot at the top of the table ahead of another finals campaign, while the reigning champions are attempting to ward off claiming a wooden spoon less than 12 months after securing ultimate glory.

Jedd Wright’s charges will have to reset quickly after playing the shortest format of the game last night, but have swapped between competitions successfully so far this season after claiming the one-day title last year.

‘‘It’s getting to the business end of the year now, so we want to be playing the best cricket we possibly can,’’ Wright said.

The Eagles will look to win the toss and post a big total against the Students at Katandra Recreation Reserve tomorrow, with bowling first not high on Wright’s agenda.

‘‘You always look to bat first,’’ he said.

‘‘It would have to be a pretty rough wicket to consider bowling first (after winning the toss).’’

The Students need to snare victory in order to avoid dropping from first to last on the ladder and Wright expected his opponents to come out firing tomorrow.

‘‘They’re a proud club and I’m sure they’ll be keen to try and knock off another big scalp before the end of the season,’’ he said.

‘‘So we have to bat or bowl well when we get the chance.’’

Batting and bowling well is exactly what has the Eagles sitting second on the A-grade table with one round remaining before finals.

Wright’s team leads the competition for runs scored with 2175, while placing second for runs conceded (1606).

The Students have also been magnificent with the bat, scoring 2100 runs — thanks in no small part to Felix Odell’s 349 at an average of 31.7 — despite holding up the rest of the table.

Luke McPhillamy’s side has struggled to make inroads with the ball though, having taken the least amount of wickets (82) and allowed the second-most runs against (2447) this season, but will look to put its entire game together for this clash to cause an upset.

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