Magpies need to get on a roll

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Denmark's Dan Robson looms as a big part of his side’s finals bid.
Camera IconDenmark's Dan Robson looms as a big part of his side’s finals bid. Credit: Laurie Benson

Denmark’s hopes of reaching the Albany Cricket Association A-grade finals will hinge on their next fortnight as they prepare to take on Royals and Collingwood Park.

The Magpies are last on the A-grade standings with two wins from 10 games this season, two behind the fourth-placed Mt Barker and fifth-placed Lions heading into the final five regular games of the season.

The last time the Magpies made finals was in the 2015-16 season, knocked out by Manypeaks in the preliminary final.

Under new skipper Ryan Gaerth, the Magpies will likely need to win at least three of their four games to jump inside the top four.

This Saturday when the A-grade action returns following the two-week bye for senior country week, the Magpies face the Lions at Turf South as they look to avoid a third straight loss.

In their earlier meeting this season, back in round 5 the Magpies lost a high-scoring thriller despite Gaerth leading the way with 64 and Matt Ellul taking 3-34.

That pair again loom as vital in the Magpies’ hopes of knocking off the Lions this week before they take on the sixth-placed Park (three wins) in round 14 next Saturday.

In other round 13 matches on Saturday ladder leaders Railways will look to stitch up a top-two finish when they tackle Peaks at Turf East.

Mt Barker appear set to regain key duo Jeremy Wood and Nathan Crosby in their clash with Park at Turf North.

The Run Home

Denmark (seventh)

R13 Feb 2 v Royals

R14 Feb 9 v Collingwood Park

R15 - Bye

R16 Feb 23 v Mt Barker

R17 Mar 9 v North County

Collingwood Park (sixth)

R13 Feb 2 v Mt Barker

R14 Feb 9 v Denmark

R15 Feb 16 v Railways

R16 - Bye

R17 Mar 9 v Manypeaks

Royals (fifth)

R13 Feb 2 v Denmark

R14 Feb 9 v Railways

R15 Feb 16 v North County

R16 Feb 23 v Manypeaks

R17 - Bye

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