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Defending CRV Ambreed Country Premier One Day champions Leeston-Southbridge have endured a mixed season, suffering when their Canterbury Country players have been away on representative duties.
They should be bolstered by the return of the Chamberlain brothers, Harry and Sam, and in-form top-order batsman Rupert Young, all fresh from a successful Hawke Cup defence against Otago Country.
Young left-arm orthodox spinner David Neal and ex-Nelson rep player Tim Field will be key men with the ball.
However, the combined side will be without the services of ex-Dutch all-rounder Tim Gruijters, who will be attending a wedding and will most likely be replaced by club stalwart Liam O’Sullivan who was in their winning team last season.
Cheviot, champions two years ago in their first season of premier cricket, have been consistent performer throughout the season.
Left-arm off spinner Scott Burnett is currently the competition-leading wicket-taker, with Sam Chamberlain just one wicket behind heading into the final.
An already youthful Cheviot side are bolstered by even more young talent, with Canterbury under-19 seam bowler Will Smith and Canterbury under-19 batsman Archie Redfern bringing more depth.
Country wicketkeeper-batsmen Will Hamilton is currently leading run scorer in the one day competition with 489 runs at an average of 61. They’ll be hoping for big runs from him as well as country top order batsmen Ben Hartland.
A repeat of last year’s semi-final nailbiter, where Leeston-Southbridge pipped Cheviot by eight runs, starts at Mainpower Oval in Rangiora at 11am on Saturday, Spectators welcome.