A spot in the JLT Cup final is up for grabs tomorrow as the Redbacks and Bushrangers do battle in Hobart, the winner will play the red-hot Warriors just days later.
It’s been a strange-old tournament to say the least, and its surprises don’t stop there with a handful of Australian players set to take part in this elimination final for both sides. Before we get to that, South Australia’s tournament on reflection was so very-nearly a perfect one, they managed to defeat all the contenders vying for the JLT Cup title but fell flat on their face against the two bottom feeders of the tournament, Tasmania and the CA XI. Now it may not mean a great deal when they’ve managed to finish second on the points table and are now playing for a spot in the final, but it certainly gives Victoria some insight that the Redbacks have been defeated by some of the lower teams in the competition which must give them some hope. A return to form midway through the JLT Cup from the likes of Callum Ferguson and Jake Lehmann has certainly given South Australia some momentum heading into this do-or-die contest, also coming back from injury was Chadd Sayers who furthermore bolstered the ammunition that this Redbacks outfit currently possesses. Teaming up alongside Sayers is Joe Mennie who has been South Australia’s most important & influential bowler in this years JLT Cup with 12 wickets. It’s likely that the Redbacks will welcome back Travis Head, Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa who were all on Australia’s tour of India just recently, three huge possible inclusions that could equalize Victoria’s power-packed line-up. With both South Australia & Victoria bringing in some big names ahead of the match, this could be one of the most entertaining elimination finals in Australia’s one-day domestic history.
A controversial-win that got Victoria into the elimination final might have just been the luck they needed, despite finishing third it wasn’t their greatest campaign though. Nobody has had an overly-impressive JLT Cup for the Bushrangers, there have been glimpses & flashes from individuals but no real highlight reels. Just like he did at the Warriors, Marcus Harris started the tournament solidly only to watch his form slip away for the duration of the competition. Speaking of Victoria’s opening batsmen, Cameron White has been absent in the past two matches due to injury which has seen a wildcard in Matt Short elevated to the top and dominate in his two outings against South Australia and New South Wales. Who would have thought? that could be enough to retain his spot in the side with a vast-majority of superstars lining up to make their return to the side, a brilliant cameo innings of 81 against the Redbacks was his highest score in List-A cricket. Another breath of fresh air was 17-year-old Will Sutherland who destroyed the Blues with a lethal bowling spell that consisted of 4/11, wiping out their middle order in a flash. Leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed is coming off consecutive three-wicket outings, Peter Siddle has been brilliant for the entire tournament and Peter Handscomb adds quality to their batting in the middle order. On top of that, Cameron White is set to make his return along with Australian representatives Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and Dan Christian, what a boost! It remains to be seen if they can fit all four players in the starting XI, some tough decisions to be made.
Top 5 fantasy picks | South Australia | JLT Cup | elimination final | Hobart
- Callum Ferguson
- Joe Mennie
- Travis Head
- Kane Richardson
- Alex Carey
Top 5 fantasy picks | Victoria | JLT Cup | elimination final | Hobart
- Peter Handscomb
- Cameron White
- Peter Siddle
- Will Sutherland
- Aaron Finch
South Australia (possible) – 1. Jake Weatherald 2. Alex Carey (wk) 3. Travis Head (c) 4. Callum Ferguson 5. Tom Cooper/Alex Ross 6. Jake Lehmann 7. Cameron Valente 8. Joe Mennie 9. Kane Richardson 10. Adam Zampa 11. Chadd Sayers/Daniel Worrall.
Victoria (possible) – 1. Aaron Finch 2. Cameron White 3. Travis Dean 4. Peter Handscomb (c & wk) 5. Glenn Maxwell 6. Daniel Christian 7. Seb Gotch 8. Will Sutherland 9. Peter Siddle 10. Chris Tremain 11. Fawad Ahmed.
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