Jamie Saunders defends for RSL Diggers during a half-century against Colts.
Jamie Saunders defends for RSL Diggers during a half-century against Colts. Gerard Walsh

Breen key against Colts

THE two-finger follow through that has become the trademark for Wheatvale pace bowler Jack Breen is unmistakable.

With his side leading just two weeks before the finals, it may just prove the difference in this week's top-of-the-table clash with Colts.

Breen proved the difference last week against Maryvale and another inspired spell could have the at-times shaky Colts top order in a real bother.

Breen did a real job on the Colts top order earlier in the year, knocking them over for just 84, though the side will need the Wheatvale batsmen, led by the Cantwell brothers, to give him a score to defend.

Colts, after an ordinary start to the season, have jumped into contention and with a batting line-up that reads Cam Peterson, Morgan Benn, Brendon Iles and John Cleary, which has been unstoppable in recent weeks and are a huge chance in this year's title.

A grade: Maryvale v Diggers, 12.30pm today, Mayhew Oval

For Diggers this is a David and Goliath battle for a team in a rebuilding stage after making four consecutive grand finals since 2007 before a raft of retirements.

For Diggers young dual captains Jamie Saunders and Brett McEvoy, it's been a real learning curve under the pressure of the top grade and last week both captains stood up with the bat to almost snatch a victory from the experienced Colts side.

Two weeks ago Maryvale was at unbackable odds to take out the title but red-hot Wheatvale bowling showed some chinks in a once-impregnable armour.

The top order will need to fire this week to jump back on track for the final series in two weeks.

Reserve grade: Allora v Sovereigns, 12.30pm today, Queens Park Turf

Allora will start favourites against an improving Sovereigns on the Queens Park Turf.

Allora will need to put everything into this match today to prepare for what looks like a tight reserve-grade title chance against the Inglewood XI.

Colts, after an ordinary start to the season, have jumped into contention.


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