Big battle of the batting stars

A HOST of the competition’s batting stars will go head-to-head in this afternoon’s clash between Oaklands and Rand.

Leading run-scorer Ryan Kirkwood, who has scored 216 runs for the year at an average of 72, shapes as a key player when the competition heavyweights meet.

But he’s not alone, with James and Mark Kreutzberger also capable of turning the game with the bat for Rand.

Oaklands, meanwhile, will look to dominant all-rounder Phil Goldsack.

Goldsack has been by far the best at both arts this season, taking a league-high 12 wickets to date and sitting second on the league’s run-scoring chart.

Daniel Kirchen also needs to fire with the willow.

In the round’s other clash after last week’s rest, Walla plays host to Balldale.

Scott Rixon’s bowling is crucial to the home side’s chances of victory.