Grand final weekend

Suburban Parks have a chance to sweep all Townsville Cricket premierships this season by winning this weekend’s 4 grand finals.

The A Grade grand final sees the Redbacks take on Wests at Riverway Stadium in a two day match starting at 10am on Saturday. Subs finished the season more than twenty points clear at the top of the ladder, and are strong favourites for the title.

Wests will by eyeing the wicket of Riley Ward as key to their success. Ward was Townsville’s leading run-getter this season with 600 runs at 75. Tony Hampson from Wests was the second-leading batsman in the city, and will shoulder responsibility for his team’s chances.

The Reserve Grade grand final is between Subs and Brothers at Endeavour Park. The Brethren snuck home with a 1 run win in their semi-final last weekend, and have momentum from that performance. Veteran Damien Ward top scored for Brothers last week, and will be a key wicket this week.

Subs will be led by Matt Torrisi in his first senior grand final as captain. All-rounder Manish Prasad is in the top 10 players in the competition in batting and bowling. Prasad and fellow all-rounder Thomas Menamparampan starred in Subs round 13 win against Brothers, and Torrisi will be expecting good efforts from both players this weekend.

Norths play Subs in the Third Grade grand final after winning the minor premiership in a season with only one loss. The Red men defeated Subs in the last round of the regular season, and come into the final as strong favourites. Veteran players Keegan Morrish, Mark Fields, Steve McCarron, and Damien Watson have much finals experience. Captain Zac Miles was the leading scorer for the grade, and will be a prize wicket.

Suburban Parks won their way into the grand final with a win over third grade powerhouse Saints last weekend. The Redbacks are led by Les Groves, and have a mix of young and older players. Teenagers Jack Sanson and Kaemon Ellerton performed strongly with the bat in the semi-final, and will be fearless this weekend. Veterans Paul Ansell, Rob Sewell and Shane Turner can be counted on to know how to approach the match. Turner’s off-spinners will be key to controlling the Norths batting line-up.

The final Final is the Fourth Grade derby between Sub Parks Black and Sub Parks Green. Black were minor premiers with only one loss for the season. Tellingly, that loss was against Green. Both teams are used to the perfect wicket and fast outfield at Riverway Stadium, so whoever adapts quickest to the slower surface at Endeavour Park may come out on top.

Green have won their last two matches on the back of all-rounder Gourav Sharma’s runs and wickets, and Black will have to put a price on his scalp. With quality veteran bowlers in David Campbell, Wayne Glase and Rodney Lauro, the Black will be strong favourites.

A, Reserve and Third Grade matches start at 10am on Saturday. The Fourth Grade match is a 35 over a side one day game on Sunday, commencing at 10am.





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