Pressure on Souths
SOUTHERN Districts captain Craig Bateman believes all the pressure is on his side ahead of the Lismore District first grade one-day final against Marist Brothers at Oakes Oval this evening.
Souths have had a stellar year, after the club failed to field a team in the LJ Hooker League Cricket competition this season.
"There is a bit of pressure and it seems that we're expected to win," Bateman said.
"But it doesn't always happen and one or two wickets can change everything."
Bateman returned from the LJ Hooker League with the likes of Al Duley, Jake Nind and Aaron Mocatta.
Souths finished 15 points clear of second-placed Brothers on the ladder as both semi-finals were washed out.
The wash-out has set the scene for a 1 v 2 final and Bateman won't be taking the opposition lightly.
"Brothers have stepped up a gear in recent weeks and have been playing really well," he said.
"We're all enjoying our cricket more than ever, so it should be a close one."
Standing in Souths' way is pint-sized opener Brad Cleaver and pace bowler Brendan Mitchell.
"We'll look for Brad to set the tone with the bat and Brendan has been bowling well lately," Brothers spokesman Craig Hamshaw said.
"Souths have been the dominant team all season and we'll have to score some runs and not lose early wickets to be a chance.
"Their bowling is quality and guys like Bateman and Duley have had big seasons.
"I'm confident our bowlers can contain them but we just need the runs."
The match starts at 5pm.