Grand final spot up for grabs in Albany and Districts Cricket Association’s Twenty20 competition

Taj StubberAlbany Advertiser
The Royals celebrate a wicket in the second round of the Twenty20 competition.
Camera IconThe Royals celebrate a wicket in the second round of the Twenty20 competition. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Mt Barker and the Royals are in a strong position to make the Albany and Districts Cricket Association Twenty20 grand final on Sunday ahead of the final rounds of qualifying games this weekend.

Round three, four and five of the T20 competition will be played this weekend as the ADCA A-grade competition returns from their mid-season break for Christmas and New Year.

The qualifying matches double as part of the A-grade premiership season.

A win in the T20 competition is worth three points in the regular A-grade standings, compared with the six points on offer for a regular one-day victory.

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The Bulls and Lions have only played one game thus far but finished comfortable winners over their respective opponents.

Four teams head into the final three rounds on equal points but the Bulls and Lions have a game in hand after each having a bye in the opening two rounds back in December.

Railways and Collingwood Park recorded victories in the opening rounds but have also suffered a defeat and have two games left as do Manypeaks who have two losses to their name so far.

The Bulls face the winless Peaks in round three while the Lions face Park in the other fixture at noon on Saturday.

Round four will be played at 3.30pm on Saturday as the Peaks and the Tigers square up and all interest will be around the Bulls and Lions fixture.

The final round will be played on Sunday morning at 10am with the Bulls and Park to do battle while the Lions and the Tigers meet in the other match.

The top two teams after the five rounds will then clash in the grand final on Turf North on Sunday at 2pm.

The Bulls are the reigning T20 champions after defeating Peaks in last season’s decider.

Meanwhile a Great Southern Cricket Association fixture will be played on turf in Albany on Saturday.

Tambellup and Kendenup have moved their round 10 game from Tambellup to Albany and will get the rare chance to play on turf.

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