BARNAWARTHA-Chiltern captain Sean Lappin’s head is still spinning.
After nudging Howlong out of the finals, courtesy of its outright win against competition heavyweight Mount Beauty a fortnight ago, the Miners find themselves in a rematch at Mount Beauty.
“We are going in hoping, I guess,” Lappin said.
“A couple of results went our way last week and we snuck in.
“We’ll just go in and see how we go.
“You never know what can happen.
“Everything clicked for us against Dederang and hopefully that happens again.”
While Mount Beauty is a daunting task, the Miners have their confidence up after last weekend’s bye, with Murray Price and Chris Hartshorn the keys to cracking the minor premier’s vaunted batting order.
They have 23 and 19 wickets respectively and will be desperate to have the competition’s most damaging player, Ashan Ranaweera, back in the pavilion as early as possible.
Dederang will be out to reverse its recent loss against Yackandandah when they lock horns at Yackandandah.
The Roos ran out victors by 40 runs last month, with star batsman Graeme Martin the difference between the sides.
“He can take it away from you fairly quickly,” Dederang skipper Andrew Creamer said.
“Yackandandah is playing well at the right time of the year and it will be a tough.
“But we are coming off a good win against Eskdale as well so it should be a good game.”
Dederang’s Ben Deans has hit form with the bat and ball for his team and support will need to come from Creamer, Tom Grealy and Daniel Perri to reverse the result of their last meeting.
In another tight contest, New City faces a danger match against Wodonga Raiders at Urana Road Oval.
Play starts at 1pm today and tomorrow.