Veteran spinners contest one-day final
Former NSW team mates Greg Matthews and Adrian Tucker will compete in this weekends one-day final when Sydney University clash with Eastern Suburbs. It will be a different scenario for both men, who are more adept to bowling in tandem with each other. Mathews and Tucker were both members of the 1989/90 NSW Sheffield Shield sides victory mesmerizing opposition teams with their off spin and leg breaks. They will use all their experience in helping their respective teams when the Dolphins host the Student's this Sunday at Waverly Oval.
Adrian Tucker returned to Eastern Suburb's Cricket Club after a two-year absence working the futures market in Hong Kong. The 34 year-old's return has helped a revamped Dolphin's team to the one-day final. In a twist of fate, former Dolphin and NSW teammate Greg Matthews will oppose Tucker when he takes the field for Sydney University. "Greg was the reason I originally came to East's, back in 94. He never let up and convinced me to join the Club after we bowled so well in tandem for the Blues" Tucker said. "I learnt a lot of my trade off Greg and it will be different lining up against him this weekend."
Eastern Suburbs earnt a place in the final after a crushing victory over competition leader's Bankstown last weekend. Unfortunately they will miss Brad Haddin as he flies out to Sri Lanka with the Australian team tomorrow. Haddin scored a scintillating century against the Bulldogs and will be difficult to replace. Fortunately the Dolphin's top batsmen are in devastating form, as Jeff Cook (201), Andrew Jeffrey and Mark Patterson have all scored recent centuries.
Sydney University will be looking to add the one-day competition trophy to their cabinet, after securing last season's premiership. The Student's lose Matthew Phelps who has been recalled to the Speedblitz Blues team. They will look to the consistent form of Ed Cowan and the experience of Test Veteran Greg Matthews this weekend. Matthews has made an immense psychological impact on his young side, providing a newfound belief and determination that was evident in last season's premiership success. He will no doubt get a different response from his former teammates when he walks through the gates at Waverly Oval this Sunday.