Longmuir Shield GF preview
The best 2 teams in the competition will play off. Bentleigh Uniting will start favorite after a comfortable win over East Sandringham in the 2nd semi final. The reigning premiers have few deficiencies and are solid in every aspect of the game. They have young but experienced openers Backman and Brisbane, three super talented in all-rounders in Russell, Manders and Britt, a top shelf middle order with captain Glenn Lalor and Simon Richards and a nicely varied and very accurate bowling attack headed by veteran left armer Simon Surridge who may have dropped a bit of speed in recent years but has got craftier. Opening bowler Luke Cody has missed several matches with injury and may not get to the line for the big dance but Callum Cathcart has filled his role nicely.
Uniting are a brilliant fielding unit. Their achilles heel might be their lower order batting which is an unknown quantity as it is virtually untested so could struggle if required to do too much.
East Sandringham have a much vaunted batting line up with Dallas, Devereaux, Martyn, Corp, Gibb and Duddy all capable of big scores, keeper Brett Hampton is their X-factor with the bat and they have good batting depth. Their fielding is also particularly strong and their bowling attack is workmanlike rather than spectacular. Jayme Saleem is their spearhead, Dallas their only full time spin option, Pat Singh is a finals specialist and they have a number of medium pace options with Caillin Austin along with Singh their workhorses but there is a certain sameness to Easts bowling that Uniting will try to exploit.
The toss will be important with both teams likely to be keen to have first turn at the crease.
The 4ths are also into a Grand Final against Elwood, the team they easily beat in the semi final.
It's great to have 2 senior teams in the biggest weekend of the season, so can all supporters please get down to both games (details below) to cheer them to victory.