Can the Lions end the Blues’ reign?

AFTER 22 weeks of Barossa & Light A1 cricket action, Angaston and South Gawler will play off for the two-day premiership at Stockwell this Saturday.
The Blues will enter the contest as the heavy favourites after they completed the home-and-away season undefeated, and comfortably disposed of Freeling in the semi-final.
Angaston showed in its win over the Water Hens that its batting depth is the best in the competition.
After losing Shaun Woodards and Dylan Schmidt early on, it was Beau Byster and Ben Burgess who stepped up to secure the win.
Those two, alongside Greg Bain and Scott Rathjen, will cause headaches for the Lions this weekend.
Likewise, the Blues’ bowling arsenal is massive.
Rathjen showed he can chip in with a few wickets, while Brett Burgess has taken the equal most in the competition with 35.
Brett Woodards (19), Aaron Kurtz (18), Lucas Bramberger (17) and Ben Antonie (16) have also clocked significant numbers this season.
Similarly, South also has its fair share of gun bowling options.
David Golder (26) had a quiet semi-final, but Darcy Judd-Smith (25), Jordan Dare (23) and Matt Knight (21) are very capable of doing damage.
If the Lions have a weakness, it is their batting.
Chris Graser is the side’s top scorer for the season with 561, but the next highest is Jacob Ahern on 319.
It’s hard to see Angaston losing this one and not winning a fourth straight two-day premiership, however grand finals often produce the unexpected, and the Lions will certainly be up to the challenge.
Prediction: Angaston

Jack Hudson

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Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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