The Wanderers-Waimea rivalry is set to be reignited, this time for the Nelson Cricket one-day title.
Taylor’s Contracting Wanderers has already booked its place in the final before last Saturday’s loss to Stoke/Nayland in Brightwater. While WTTU needed to win its last five games to earn its place in the showpiece game of the local cricket calendar, which is set to be played this Saturday.
WTTU coach Jon Routhan says the key for his side has been their enjoyment of the game and that will need to continue if they are to tip over a strong Wanderers side.
“We’ve won our last five [games] to get here. We just have to keep enjoying it. We probably thought we were done and dusted after round one and that’s perhaps why we’ve been playing so well, because we’ve just been enjoying our cricket.’
He says Wanderers are a team full of “match-winners”.
“They are a very good side at full strength, so they will be very tough.”
Wanderers had a strong start to the one-day competition but have been patchy in the last few weeks.
Captain Dan Cooper says they struggled for numbers since several of their players left town to attend university.
“But we have Joel Harden and Adam Leonard back from university for the game, as well as Bryan Krammer who has been a part
of our T20 squad.”
Dan says the returns will be a big boost to their batting lineup, with the bowling unit already in good shape.
“Those guys will really help our middle order and take a bit of pressure off the rest of us, so it’s great news for us.”
Dan says Waimea Toi Toi will be a tough test but feels his team has the players to do the job.
Whichever side wins will be celebrating their first title of the season.
The Nelson Cricket one-day final is due to start at 11am at Saxton Oval.