Old Bar field in play

IMPROVED weather conditions has allowed Old Bar to host this weekend's Manning first grade cricket grand final against Wingham at the Trad Complex.

This is the first time this year Old Bar has played at home.

The field was ruled out early in the new year when the playing surface cracked badly after the protracted dry spell.

Old Bar captain Tim Rees expects the outfield to be a bit slow but said there'll be no worries with the wicket.

"Chris Dempsey's been working on the wicket even though we haven't been playing there,'' he said.

"It'll be fine.''

For that reason Rees is likely to bat if he wins the toss.

"I'll have a look at the conditions, but I'd say we'll bat - that usually works best for us.''

Old Bar's major semi-final against United was abandoned on Sunday afternoon after the wild storm hit and United, the minor premier, went straight through to the grand final.

Rees admits his side lost its way slightly on Saturday when they had United struggling at 9/160. However, a last wicket partnership between Tom Burley and Jackson Witts saw United post a healthier total of 190.

Old Bar was still batting when the storm hit but Rees said he was still confident they would have gone on and win the match hadthe weather not intervened.

However, he added that he isn't necessarily disappointed to be playing this weekend.

"With all the disruptions we've had this year getting a couple of back-to-back games won't hurt us,'' he said.

Old Bar have some problems with Mark Burgess and Michael Whitton unavailable for tomorrow.

The club's second grade is also involved in a final this weekend.

Rees said Dylan Strathee will be called into the XI. He took 3/25 in his last match in first grade and Rees said he shows promise.

"He's keen to have a go again so we'll use him,'' Rees said.


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