Rain leaves FNC one-day cricket final up in the air
By ADRIAN MILLER
CURATOR Craig Goldsmith might be hopeful and Richard Nind optimistic, but Bruce Jobson is certain.
There's unlikely to be any play today in the Byron Private Life FNC one-day cricket final between Souths and Easts at Oakes Oval, Lismore.
The match was brought forward, having been originally scheduled for Sunday, but after more than 40mm of rain in Lismore this week, the pitch is unlikely to be playable until the weekend.
Goldsmith said a hot day was needed yesterday for the wicket to harden up in time for the final.
"If there was absolutely no rain and it was a nice warm, sunny day they would have a chance, but I'd probably say they'll play Sunday night," he said. "It's up to the cricketers, but it's not looking too flash."
If the game does go ahead, expect it to be a cracker if the teams' clash in the final competition round is any indication.
Chasing 172 for victory, youngster Matt Parrish was the hero for Souths after he snicked the last ball of the match through a vacant slips cordon for four to deliver a one-wicket victory.
The edge, however, could deliver more than just that win for Souths.
Those four points secured them top spot on the ladder, which means they'll be handed the trophy if the final is unable to be played.
Even though it appears the elements are conspiring against them, Easts captain Jobson said his side wouldn't change its game plan.
"We won't be making any changes, we'll play the same way we always play," he said.
"When we bat we'll look to get runs and we'll bowl tight hoping to get wickets."
Jobson said his side would look to the usual suspects to produce the goods.
"Paul and I will look to get off to a good start, we have Jake McKinnon in the lower order, and bowlers Simon Milenko and Ian Gregory are always dangerous," he said.
Souths captain Nind knows restricting the influence of Easts' big guns is the key; the only problem is there are so many of them.
"Daniel Rowlands has scored runs in recent games and they bat right down, so even if you get a few wickets you have to stay on your game because the lower order is quite strong," he said.
"Then they have good bowlers in Ian Gregory, Simon Milenko and Jake McKinnon."
Souths are no slackers either, with Paul McLean, Len Blok and the Nind brothers ? Anthony, Michael and Richard, the Byron Private Life one-day player of the year ? all dangerous.
Play is scheduled to begin at 4.30pm either today or Sunday.