Rebounding Tigers face fired-up Bulls

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Railways' opener Sam Want will be a vital inclusion.
Camera IconRailways' opener Sam Want will be a vital inclusion. Credit: Laurie Benson

Reigning premiers Railways will be out to rebound from just their second loss in the past two seasons, facing the fifth-placed Mt Barker at Sounness Park when the Albany and Districts Cricket Association A-grade action resumes on Saturday.

The Tigers will be on the road after their round eight loss to Royals, facing the Bulls in an intriguing clash that headlines round nine.

Opener Sam Want will be one of three possible changes to the Tigers line-up as they look to avoid rare back-to-back defeats.

The fixture is an important one for the Bulls, who haven’t played in nearly a month after the general bye last week and their round eight game was called-off due to players fighting fires. That game is yet to be rescheduled, leaving the Bulls and their opponent Manypeaks with a game in hand. The Bulls will be eager to perform at home and keep in touch with the top four as they head into the Christmas and New Year break.

After a preliminary final appearance last season, the Bulls haven’t been able to find any momentum in 2019-20, winning only two games.

The Lions will be hoping to keep the pressure on top two sides, the Tigers and Peaks, when they face Collingwood Park at Turf East.

They will have to do it without skipper Mitch Green, however, the competition’s leading run scorer.

The Lions have won five out of their last six games but face a Park side with more batting depth led by Nathan Dovey and Nathan De Graaf.

Chad Hitchcock is expected to again play for Park this weekend.

The winless Denmark do battle with Peaks at Turf South in the other fixture. The competition breaks after this match until January 11.

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