Sides return for premiership tussle
HAVING played without loss so far this season, it's hard to fault the Central Highlands cricket outfit of Emerald Brothers.
The cricketers may be on track to take out the 2011-12 season premiership but it won't be a title which will be relinquished easily.
Defending premiers Clermont are in hot pursuit, as are the mighty men from the south, Springsure.
The southern stars are poised for a come-from-behind victory, currently ranked third on the Central Highlands leaderboard.
"At the moment, it's one win, one loss - we've just got to play as a team," Springsure captain Steve Cullen said.
"We're hoping to make the finals and then go from there."
Cullen found it hard to pinpoint any one area contributing to their inconsistency but said a few more runs on the board in each innings certainly wouldn't hurt their cause.
The competition resumes on Saturday after a few weeks' reprieve over the Christmas holiday break.
Springsure will look to open its new year account against a fledgling Blackwater side.
The Blackwater boys struggled to 129 runs against Clermont in their previous encounter in 2011, unable to draw on their regular batting and bowling line-up.
Meanwhile, Brothers take on Rolleston at Emerald and Clermont will face Emerald Magpies, presumably in Clermont. However, at the time CQ News went to print, Clermont captain Rhys Williams was inspecting the pitch and outfield to deem it playable.
Heavy rain in mid-December washed out two of the three matches last round.