BOUNDARY BOUND: Crusaders’ Tom Carney drives the ball down the ground in the A-grade.
BOUNDARY BOUND: Crusaders’ Tom Carney drives the ball down the ground in the A-grade. Keagan Elder

Warriors pitch war against Crusaders

THE A-grade cricket grand final at the weekend between Murgon Crusaders and Warriors is set to be a battle between the favourites and underdogs, batsmen and bowlers.

After almost five weeks of no cricket play, Warriors captain Andrew Askin said his team was well rested and ready for the final.

Rather than focus on work in the nets, Askin said most of his team had hit the gym, which would be particularly helpful for their bowling attack.

"Our bowling attack is pretty strong," Askin said.

Askin said his pace bowlers Taylor Herman and Mitchell Crossley would be crucial to their attack against the Crusaders' formidable batting side.

Mitchell Crossley bowled aggressively to take two wickets for the Warriors.
Mitchell Crossley bowled aggressively to take two wickets for the Warriors.

With the grand final to take place on Saturday and Sunday, Askin said he wasn't too worried about the Murgon pitch as it should remain constant during the two days.

In the two-day series, the fixtures were played across two weekends so wickets could vary.

"Hopefully there will be a bit of assistance for the bowlers," Askin said.

Minor champions and favourites Murgon Crusaders are set to field a full-strength team.

Crusaders captain Graham Brown said he had 13 players on the cards this weekend.

"We'll have our strongest team on the paddock," Brown said.

Brown has paid particular attention to his team's batting performance, which he believes will win them the 2016 two-day title.

"I think we bat down to nine or 10," he said.

With the return of Jared Sippel, who scored 65 in his last innings with the bat, and Jason Webber, who averages more than 90 for the season, Murgon is handy with the bat.

Like the Warriors, Brown said the Crusaders also stayed away from work in the nets.

"The last few times we had training before the final we got flogged," he said.

"We might be like good race horses, we just need a bit of a spell."

The A-grade two-day final will be held at the Murgon Showgrounds on Saturday and Sunday from noon-5.30pm.

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