BBI - Back in action - Weekend preview
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BBI June 13 Previews
With the first handful of games out of the way, teams in the NSW BBI01 will be looking to pick up some valuable midseason points heading into this Saturday’s round of matches. Among the highlights will be Newcastle’s first home Premier League fixtures, as well as two clashes between the top four teams.
Liverpool Bulls v Penrith Storm (7pm – Liverpool)
Second takes on fourth here in what could be the match of the round.
Coming off a tough loss to Newcastle, the Bulls will be hoping to bounce back and stay within reach of the top of the ladder.
Penrith are also reeling after a devastating defeat at the hands of the Tigers.
The Storm were toppled for just 7 runs off their 16 overs but to their credit, held the Tigers to just 32.
This has the potential to be a tight contest with each skin proving vital on the championship table.
Newcastle Steel v Castle Hill Cougars (3pm – Newcastle Indoor Sports, Thornton)
Newcastle has bolted to the top of the table with three wins from their first four games in the competition.
With a double header this weekend they have the ability to extend their lead from just three skins to something the rest of the field will have a hard time chasing down.
They will face tough opposition though as the undefeated Castle Hill Cougars aim to make it four from four but it will be interesting to see what Newcastle makes of the home court advantage for the first time.
Having only played three matches Castle Hill are sitting third on the ladder with a game in hand.
Certainly a threat to their undefeated streak is the import heavy Newcastle Steel.
Newcastle Steel v St Mary’s Vipers (7pm – Newcastle Indoor Sports, Thornton)
In their second game of the night the Steel back up against St Mary’s having made light work of them in their first encounter in May.
The Steel ran away to a 33-124 win in the Round 3 clash, demoralising the Vipers batting line-up.
The Vipers young guns will have to improve considerably if they are to challenge the Steel in this match while the more experienced players will need to dominate with the bat to post a competitive total.
Newcastle have already put in ‘double duty’ weekends this season so back to back games shouldn’t be a concern for the competition leaders.
Hills Tigers v Peakhurst Devils (6pm – Hills Sports)
Both teams here are desperate for a win as the Devils look to chalk up their first W of the season and the Tigers push for a top four spot.
Hills Tigers have had an inconsistent start to the season averaging less than 80 runs a game with the bat.
Despite not putting up massive numbers, the Tigers’ bowling line-up has put them in winning positions enough times to keep them in touch with the semi finals places, even snaring an unlikely 32-7 victory.
Meanwhile, the Devils are still languishing in last place despite having a talented side.
Their position on the ladder certainly doesn’t reflect the quality of play they have produced this year and the mid-table Tigers may be the match up they need to get on the board.
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