Power faces red-hot Suns

THE unbeaten Strathdale-Maristians stands in Huntly North Epsom's quest for a first Twenty20 title in Wednesday night's cricket clash at the QEO.

A week ago the Power and Suns met in the fifth and final round on Huntly's turf.

The Suns were victorious on that occasion and went on to beat Bendigo United in Sunday's semi-final under the QEO lights.

The Taylor brothers, Cameron and Sam loom as the major dangers to Power's hopes.

Sam Taylor's play with bat or ball earned the Bush's Produce-backed Player of the Series award.

In the semi-final, Sam Taylor hit an unbeaten 90  and Cameron, who is captain of the Suns in Twenty20, scored 54.

Both improvised shots at will.

The glances by Cameron Taylor to fine leg for four were superb.

Huntly North Epsom had Tyrone Downie mark his first match for the club in the Twenty20 by taking three wickets in the semi-final win against Eaglehawk.

Downie and Brett Elvey, who took two wickets against the Borough, will be aiming to bowl impeccable line and length.

Power coach Quinton Bentley has had an outstanding Twenty20 series.

He conceded just 13 runs off three overs in the semi-final.

The task for the Power attack will be a daunting one opposed to the likes of Adrian Pappin, the Taylors, Linton Jacobs and Ben DeAraugo.

On the batting front, key recruit Michael Hanson is in outstanding form for the Huntly North Epsom line-up.

The hard-hitting opening batsman scored 75 as Power reached 7-159 in the semi-final clash with the Borough.

A 78-run stand for the first wicket between Hanson and Liam Mottram, 28, set up Huntly North Epsom's big score.

A first-year player at Power, Dylan Gibson also batted well to hit 28 against the Hawks.

Brodie McRae, Josh Collinson and Sam Johnston are all capable of hitting the ball to or over the fence.

Leading wicket-taker in the Suns latest victory was Jake DeAraugo on 2-23.

Spin bowler Nick Roebuck lines up against his former club and will be determined to play well.

An experienced Suns attack includes Ben DeAraugo and the spin from Cameron and Sam Taylor.

Wednesday night's grand final between Strathdale-Maristians and Huntly North Epsom hits off at 7pm at Queen Elizabeth Oval in View Street.  - NATHAN DOLE

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