Finals spots are up for grabs from tomorrow as the Bulls Masters Queensland Premier Cricket season reaches its regular season crescendo with the last round of matches.
There are several congested ladders throughout the men’s competition grades, with the top two finishers in each grade earning home semi-finals this month once the respective top four places have been determined.
In the top grade, competition leaders University of Queensland will take on defending premiers Norths, which currently hold down second spot, at WEP Harris Oval at St Lucia.
University will have to contend without captain Scott Henry, who suffered a broken thumb recently that has also ruled him out of next week’s FOX Cricket National Premier T20 Championships in Adelaide.
Fourth-placed Valley tackle third-placed Wests at Graceville, with both teams missing key players due to injury and Queensland Bulls selection for the JLT Sheffield Shield game that starts on Sunday.
However, Wests boast the competition’s leading runs-scorer with the prolific Sam Truloff sitting on 1275 runs at 55.43 from all matches, just ahead of the equally heavy scoring Andrew Gode (Valley) who has 1252 runs at 56.91.
Gode also has 38 wickets in all formats, equal to teammate Josh Dascombe as the leading wicket-takers for the club. Evergreen Uni paceman Scott Walter has 43 scalps at 20.05 to be just ahead of Sunshine Coast allrounder Alecz Day (41 at 25.88).
Sandgate-Redcliffe young gun Bryce Street has also made an all-round impression on the statistical front, returning 977 runs at 54.28 and 40 wickets at 23.50.
All Premier cricket action will take place tomorrow and next Saturday as the last rounds of the two-day competition ends.
As well as Finals berths, the Club Championship will also be confirmed. It is another close-run affair, with a narrow margin of just seven points between University of Queensland and Valley for the Bulls Masters Club Championship.
The Katherine Raymont Shield women’s finals will also be determined with the last round of the one-day competition on Sunday.
Sandgate-Redcliffe are three points clear of second-placed Wests while a point separates third-placed Gold Coast from fourth-placed Valley.
The women’s first grade semi-finals will be held next Sunday. The Jodie Fields Shield finalists will be determined on Sunday with the Women’s Second Grade semi-finals underway.
The men’s semi-finals will be held on Saturday and Sunday 16 and 17 March.
Bulls Masters Premier Grade Competition
Tomorrow, Sat 9 March, 10:00AM start
Gold Coast v Redlands, Bill Pippen Oval
University of Queensland v Northern Suburbs, Wep Harris Oval
Western Suburbs v Valley, Graceville Memorial Park
Ipswich/Logan v Sunshine Coast, Baxter Oval
Toombul v Sandgate–Redcliffe, Ken Mackay Oval
Wynnum/Manly v South Brisbane, Bill Albury Oval
Women’s Premier Grade
Katherine Raymont Shield, Sunday, 10am
Sandgate-Redcliffe v Ipswich/Logan, Trevor Hohns Oval
Gold Coast v Western Suburbs, Bill Pippen Oval
Valley v University of Queensland, Peter Easton Oval