Tamworth batsman Tait Burns is one of the most devastating top-order batsmen in the competition.
Tamworth batsman Tait Burns is one of the most devastating top-order batsmen in the competition. Adam Hourigan Photography

Cricketers on the ball

Tait Burns, Cudgen

Returned to form with back-to-back half centuries and is one of the most devastating top-order batsmen in the competition.

Burns is a match winner and produced a career best score of 190 in a semi-final win against Marist Brothers last year.

Abe Crawford, Tintenbar-East Ballina

The Big Show of the Hooker League competition who won't be intimidated by the formidable Cudgen bowling attack this Sunday.

Crawford scored 102 runs off just 53 balls in a one-day game last year and has taken a hat-trick in a semi-final game against Ballina in the past.

Caleb Ziebell, Cudgen

Has a chance to score a ton on Saturday when he returns to the crease on 72 not out in a two-day against Pottsville.

Talented all-rounder who has already scored 571 runs and taken 14 wickets this season.

Ben Frost,

Tintenbar-East Ballina

The leading wicket-taker in his side and will have to be at his best with the depth Cudgen has with its batting.

Steve Leahy, Stuart Frost and Jacob Stephenson will have to chip in if Tintenbar-East Ballina are to pull off the upset.

Anthony Kershler, Cudgen

First appearance in a final for Cudgen with the left arm-spinner joining the club this season.

Kershler, now 48, played seven Sheffield Shield matches and three one-dayers for New South Wales in the mid-1990s.

Luke Hamilton, Tintenbar-East Ballina

Scored two centuries this season and backed it up with 77 runs in a bonus point win which was crucial in getting his side into the final.

Cudgen opener Jamie Wilson is the other player to score multiple hundreds this season and was 101 not out when they had a comfortable win over the 'Bar in a two-day game.

Mitch's tip

Tintenbar-East Ballina will take the underdog tag into this weekend's final and will need to score well over 200 runs if they bat first.

Cudgen has the best balance of any team in the competition but the 'Bar can match them with their batting.

However, Cudgen will definitely have the edge with its bowling attack and should win a third straight one-day final at home.



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