Dogs sweat on Ferreira availability

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WA’s Michael Ferreira bowls against NSW Metro.
Camera IconWA’s Michael Ferreira bowls against NSW Metro. Credit: Brody Grogan

North County hope to regain captain Neil Ferreira as they try to avoid a third straight loss, facing Denmark in the final round of the Albany Cricket Association A-grade competition before the Christmas and New Year break.

Ferreira has travelled to South Australia to watch his son Michael play in the under-19 national cricket championships and missed their big loss to Railways last Saturday.

After starting the season brightly the Bulldogs have won only one of their past five matches and will be sweating on the potential return of their skipper.

The hopes of recently selected Country XI spinner Patrick Butler playing for the Bulldogs this week are slim and they will need to produce a much better effort with the bat than the past fortnight.

The Magpies are searching for a third consecutive win, having beaten Mt Barker and Collingwood Park in recent weeks, but still remain at the foot of the table heading into round nine of the season.

Captain Ryan Gaerth has been outstanding for the Magpies and is the competition’s second-leading run scorer to go with five wickets at an economy rate of 3.41.

The Magpies meet the Bulldogs on Turf South on Saturday while in the other games Park face Manypeaks on Turf East and at Turf North another intriguing clash awaits between the Tigers and Bulls.

At the under-19 national championships, Michael Ferreira has made his fourth straight unbeaten innings after reaching 19 not out yesterday.

The young all-rounder hit 19 runs off 10 balls, including one four and one six, as WA made 4-279 from their 50 overs.

WA won only one of their six regular games in the tournament but defeated the Cricket Australia XI by 61 runs yesterday to secure a second victory.

Ferreira has not been dismissed in his past four knocks at the carnival and averages 41 with the bat.

WA’s final game will be played today against Victoria Metro to determine their overall finishing position.

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