Magpies welcome back four keys for Swans’ showdown

BALLDALE’S chances of advancing to the Brocklesby and District Cricket Association grand final have been bolstered by the return of four key players for today’s semi-final against Burrumbuttock at Balldale.

After falling over the line against the Swans last weekend, the home team will welcome back Jordan Wilson, Shay Rhodes, Dylan Cook and Mitch Druce.

Skipper Pat Mitchell said the Magpies needed to improve their batting.

“We were lucky to beat Burrum last week and are going to have to improve on that performance,” he said.

“Both sides bowled well, but our batting was average.

“We get a few players back, which will be handy, and our bowlers looked really good in the nets at training.”

Rand should defeat Brocklesby in the other semi-final at Rand.

The Pigeons scored a mammoth win last weekend to finish on top of the ladder and James Kreutzberger, Ryan Kirkwood and Daniel Lieschke will be difficult to stop.

Play starts at 1.30pm.