Peel Cricket Association returns to action this weekend

BACK IN ACTION: The Peel Cricket Association season will resume this Saturday afternoon. Photo: File image/Justin Rake.
BACK IN ACTION: The Peel Cricket Association season will resume this Saturday afternoon. Photo: File image/Justin Rake.

Local cricketers will return to fields around the region this weekend as the Peel Cricket Association season enters its home stretch.

The jostling for top four spots is set to heat up as teams officially return to the turf after a two-week hiatus over the Christmas and New Year's break, with a string of squads knocking on the door.

Of the teams on the outside looking in, South Mandurah will perhaps feel they are the most entitled to a spot.

Boasting a 5-5 record the Falcons have been floating around the edges for most of the season, but there's still enough time for them to gather the ground they need to claim a finals position.

But before they do, they will enjoy another game off with a bye in round 12 this weekend, giving the sixth-placed Shoalwater Bay the chance to jump them on the ladder.

That won't be an easy feat for the Seals, however, as they take on a Waroona outfit looking to cement their spot within the top four.

The match of the round looms in a heavyweight showdown between Baldivis and Singleton, who reside in second and third spot respectively.

The Irwinians were on a tear prior to the break, winning their previous three games and moving from the fringes well into the top four.

In fact, they haven't taken a loss since late November, and will be eager to keep that form alive when they take on the top-two White Knights.

Round 12 also has the potential to be an opportunistic week for Halls Head, who will take on the eighth-placed Mandurah.

A victory would see Halls Head pushing into the space of the Seals and Falcons, and would give them a glimmer of hope should they piece together some strong form down the stretch.

Games kick off Stan Twight Reserve, Arpenteur Park, Sir Ross McLarty Oval and Waroona Oval this Saturday, with all underway by 12.15pm.

Peel Premier League

The first Twenty20 of 2020 will be held next Tuesday, January 14, with Warnbro taking on Shoalwater Bay at Peelwood Reserve in Halls Head as the Peel Premier League action resumes.