Youth Club and Aradale will face off in an early season top of the table clash at Central Park on Saturday.
The Clubbers and Aradale won both of their one-day matches in dominant fashion to begin the 2017-18 season.
Youth Club’s early dominance has come as somewhat of a surprise having jumped up from the B Grade competition after winning the 2016-17 premiership.
The two-day games begin for the A Grade competition on Saturday and Youth Club feel confident it will be able to translate its one-day form into the longer format.
“We have had really good preparation for the two-day games,” Youth Club captain Cam Kimber said.
“We won’t change anything too much – we will just go about it how we have the last few weeks.”
The Clubbers hold fond memories of the last time they played the longer form of the game, having won the B Grade premiership in the longer format last year.
“We will definitely take confidence out of the grand final from last year,” he said.
“The two-day format suits us pretty well.
“We have got the capability of being a really good two-day side.”
The sides will face off at Central Park for the third match at the ground so far this season.
The Clubbers played on the pitch last weekend and Kimber said it held up well.
“The pitch at Central Park played fine,” he said.
“There wasn’t a whole lot of movement last week. I would think this weekend would be pretty similar but it might deteriorate a bit by the second week of the match.
“I would think we would bat first if we win the toss but we will wait and see on the conditions.”
The Clubbers have taken the maximum of 20 wickets from their first two games.
Kimber said the bowling efforts from his side so far have been “terrific”.
“Our bowling and fielding has been exceptional,” he said.
“It has been the best I have seen since I have been at Youth Club.
“We have been really disciplined with the ball.”
Aradale will prove a tough opponent for the Clubbers, having made 274 runs and losing just 13 wickets so far.
“Aradale always have a pretty strong side,” Kimber said.
“They have put on good totals so far so we will have to be at our best with the ball.
“It should be an interesting game.
“We just want to make sure we come away with the six points.”
The first day of the match will begin at 1pm on Saturday, October 28 at Central Park, with the second day being played on Saturday, November 4.
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