Premier Cricket: Gosnells Hawks head into T20 final full of confidence, with no losses in the lead-up


Gosnells Hawks are on an impressive run of form.
Gosnells Hawks are on an impressive run of form.

THE Gosnells Hawks will go into the Premier Cricket T20 grand final on January 22 feeling confident after not losing a game in the lead up.

The Hawks won their three group matches before winning their next two finals to secure a place in the grand final against Fremantle at Fletcher Park in Carlisle.

Gosnells coach Danny Neretlis said the team had bowled well throughout the tournament.

“The bowler’s ability to stick to the game plan on a consistent basis has been good,” he said.

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“Bryan Lutter (third leading wicket taker) is a pretty good story. He played fourth grade last year and he has worked really hard and has gone from fourth grade to first grade.

“Simon Acomb was a last-minute decision but has been a top Twenty20 performer and is the top wicket-taker.”

Batsman Aaron Keverne-Onyon has been a top-performer with the bat in the competion, scoring 225 runs in five games at an average of 75.

“He hits the ball as clean as anyone I have ever seen,” Neretlis said.

Fremantle has had a strong tournament and has boasted Perth Scorcher players Sam Whiteman, Shaun and Mitchell Marsh, Jhye Richardson and Ashton Turner.

According to Fremantle coach Joe Piromalli, the Port Boys will be without the Scorchers stars.

“We won’t get any of the Scorchers, who play Hobart the day before the (Premier Cricket T20) grand final,” he said.

“It would be great to have them but the rest will step up,” he said.

Piromalli said the wicket would play a role in how his side approached the match.

“Generally the Fletcher Park wicket is batter-friendly,” he said.

“We haven’t talked tactics so far.

“It will depend on the wicket.”