TROPHY: Chris O’Shea with umpire Damian Freiberg and the coveted trophy.
TROPHY: Chris O’Shea with umpire Damian Freiberg and the coveted trophy. Contributed

Pressure goes on

FOUR teams are left standing after 14 rounds of senior Central Highlands cricket, setting up a mouth-watering bout of semi-finals.

Three of the final four are the same as last year with runners-up Emerald Magpies replaced by the ever-improving Rolleston Roosters, joining Brothers, Clermont Bulls and Springsure Ringers.

Minor premiers Emerald Brothers will be seeking a third straight final appearance and hat-trick of wins.

Brothers will start as favourites against Rolleston in the major semi-final, however their only loss for the year came at the hands of the Roosters.

Springsure host Clermont in the minor semi-final where the winner advances and the loser bows out.

Both games commence at 12.30pm sharp with the major semi-final at Emerald Showgrounds and the minor at Bauhinia Park in Springsure.

Brothers bats Chris O'Shea and Cameron Keene have fired all year and will be keys to their side, Joey Pratt offers power with the ball in hand.

Rolleston have won four in a row to make the finals and Alex Raguse has chipped in late for his side. With a 91 against Brothers and a 92 against Springsure, he is a key wicket.

Springsure's Dominic Mobbs 343 runs and 18 have been crucial for his side while Duane Dredge has the only century for his side.

Rhys Williams and Ryan Nunan have been quality for Clermont and will need to continue their strong form against the Ringers with the ball, Mitch Wharley's 6-29 earlier in the year was impressive and another spell will have them in the box seat.


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