RSL-Pinnington Cup 2016/17: Rugby's batsmen against CYMS' bowling shapes as key battle in semi-final

CYMS’ opening bowlers will have to stand up this weekend if CYMS is to progress to the RSL-Pinnington Cup final.

WORTHY: CYMS captain Gavin Weekes believes a place in the RSL-Pinnington Cup final would prove the club is on the right track. The Cougars meet Rugby in this weekend's semi-final. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS

WORTHY: CYMS captain Gavin Weekes believes a place in the RSL-Pinnington Cup final would prove the club is on the right track. The Cougars meet Rugby in this weekend's semi-final. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS

That’s the thoughts of Cougars captain Gavin Weekes, with his side meeting a Rugby team which has been in dominant form with the bat.

Rugby has made more than 250 in its past three matches, an effort which helped the side charge from second last with four rounds to go right up to second position.

It would just show we’re headed in the right direction. - Gavin Weekes on a possible place in the final.

“You can’t go past Nick Karydis when you look at what he’s done in first grade and in Brewery Shield, he’s their go-to man with bat and ball,” Weekes said.

“And ‘Shep’ (Glenn Shepherd) has been around forever and can make or break a game on his own bat.”

With those two, as well as the likes of Max Rumble, Lachie Harper and captain Zac Murphy making runs in recent weeks, the Cougars bowlers will have to be at their best.

“Big jobs are going to have to be done by Cal Braithwaite and Clay Simmonds,” Weekes said of his opening bowlers, with Braithwaite fresh from being named the RSL-Pinnington Cup’s player of the year.

“And they’re backed up by Joshy Thompson, Kyle Laraance and Darryl (Thompson), he finished as the third-leading wicket-taker and for a 55-year-old that’s a pretty good effort.”

CYMS last made the second grade grand final three seasons ago, when a Jaspal Bansal-inspired side fell just short against RSL-Colts.

The side is barely recognisable now but Weekes feels his side is worthy of a place in the decider, with the club putting such an emphasis on youth in recent seasons.

“It would be good for the club,” he said.

“We’ll have a third grade side in and it would just show we’re headed in the right direction.”

Play begins at No. 2 Oval from 1pm Saturday and resumes the same time Sunday.

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