Preview of the Emu Valley Cricket Association semi-final clash between Golden Gully and Emu Creek this weekend.
GOLDEN GULLY v EMU CREEK at California Gully Oval.
UMPIRES: Tony O'Connell and Gary Russell.
LAST TIME: November 23-30, 2013: Emu Creek 224 (J. Henderson 66, Peter Moore 5-34) d Golden Gully 143 (R. Johnson 37, S. Marwood 6-45) & 2-54 (Peter Moore 20*, L. Byrne 1-8).
SINCE 2008: Emu Creek 7; Golden Gully 1.
GOLDEN GULLY (7-4-1):
Brendon Lummis (c) (293 runs, 5 wkts).
Travis Eckardt (50 runs, 19 wkts).
Nathan Hamblin (367 runs).
Steven Hirst (60 runs, 3 wkts).
Rick Johnson (179 runs).
Cameron Moore (135 runs, 29 wkts).
Peter Moore (63 runs, 25 wkts).
Phillip Moore (199 runs, 9 wkts).
Shaun O’Shea (121 runs, 19 wkts).
Jeremy Rogerson (224 runs).
Nathan Shatwell (254 runs, 3 wkts).
EMU CREEK (8-3-1):
Daniel Chamberlain(c) (527 runs, 12 wkts).
Leigh Byrne (42 runs, 1 wkt).
Shaun Cattanach (363 runs).
Anthony Collins (27 runs, 30 wkts).
Tim Croke (101 runs, 3 wkts).
Shane Hamilton (329 runs, 7 wkts).
Andrew Harris (88 runs, 4 wkts).
Tim Hobbs (227 runs).
Simon Marwood (433 runs, 28 wkts).
Brad Rowe (268 runs).
Lucas Ruiden (51 runs, 2 wkts).
GOLDEN Gully will make a long-awaited return to the finals this weekend when it hosts Emu Creek at California Gully Oval.
The Cobras have been massive improvers this season after finishing second-last on the ladder last year.
The Cobras - who finished second on the ladder - last played finals in 2005 when they lost to Spring Gully by two wickets in a semi-final.
It had been a battle for the Cobras since their last finals berth until this season when they boosted their side with three Moore brothers: Peter, Phillip and Cameron.
Between the Moore brothers they have combined for 397 runs and 63 wickets.
Young keeper-batsman Nathan Hamblin (367 runs) has also helped the Cobras climb the ladder.
Emu Creek enters the finals as the defending premiers and for the second year in a row will be aiming to beat a higher-placed team in their semi-final.
Simon Marwood has had an outstanding all-round season for the Emus, while captain Daniel Chamberlain with the bat and bowler Anthony Collins have also been pivotal in the run to the finals..
THE MEN IN CHARGE: Brendon Lummis (Golden Gully) – “It’s really exciting for the club to have all three of our teams in the finals for the first time in our history.
“Our bowlers have been fantastic for us, led by the Moore brothers, and our batsmen have been doing the job for us over the past three or four games.
“We haven’t lost a game since Christmas, so we’re ready and raring to go and looking forward to getting into it.”
Daniel Chamberlain (Emu Creek) – “Golden Gully is a side that has a dangerous bowling attack, so we’ve got to make sure we bat well.
“We’ve had a lot of ins and outs through the season with injuries and players unavailable, but we have got back to where we need to be and we’ll go in this week with a good side.”
LUKE WEST’S VERDICT: Emu Creek. The Golden Gully bowlers will make life tough for the Emu Creek batsmen.
However, the big question is can the Cobras’ batsmen make enough runs against the Emus?