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Cup final spot the incentive


A LITTLE more than usual rides on tomorrow’s Doleman Cup cricket match between High School Old Boys and Horouta.

The winners will qualify top of the Poverty Bay clubs’ 40-over competition and go through to the final while the losers will have a second chance next week but will have to beat champions OBR to make it.

Neither of tomorrow’s captains, however, is looking too far ahead.

Horouta skipper David Situ said his team just wanted to go out and play good cricket again.

They would have much the same mindset as in previous weeks — work hard to do as well as they could.

Promoted to the A Grade this season, Horouta have produced plucky displays in every game so far.

Their sole loss has been against HSOB and they were far from disgraced in that game.

Situ said his side wanted to continue to show that they belonged in the A Grade.

They welcomed injured all-rounder Graham Hudson back into the side last week. He played as a specialist batsman against OBR and made 43 not out, underlining his value in the set-up.

Bollywood Stars HSOB have had a big loss and a big win against OBR and a fairly assured victory over Horouta.

They have variety in their seam-bowling attack and a strong-looking batting line-up.

Captain Carl Shaw, who took three wickets the last time the teams played, said he wasn’t too worried about the result of tomorrow’s match.

“We are enjoying our cricket and time spent together, so are just looking forward to the game.”

A loss would mean another chance to play before Christmas.

“As long as we improve a little and continue to play fair, I’ll be happy.

“Horouta have been playing some awesome cricket, so it should be a great game, which is always something to look forward to.”

The game at Harry Barker Reserve is scheduled to start at 1pm.

GOOD CONTEST: High School Old Boys captain Carl Shaw took 3-5 against Horouta in the opening game of the season at Harry Barker Reserve this month. HSOB won the match by four wickets. The two sides play again tomorrow. Picture by Liam Clayton