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For the second time in three years, Guilford Young College will win the Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools southern cricket final – before a ball has been bowled.

Tomorrow’s final will be between GYC Red (Hobart) and GYC Blue (Glenorchy).

After a hard-hitting, big-scoring season in which each team lost only one game, the final at The Friends’ School Bell Street Oval is expected to be a tight, enticing and entertaining contest.

Will rising star Keegan Oates, released from Cricket Tasmania duties for the match, fire for Hobart or will Glenorchy’s Andrew Bourke, with an astounding season’s strike rate of more than 200, bring it home for Glenorchy?

According to Hobart’s coach, Mr Blair Brownless, GYC Hobart goes into the final the overwhelming favourite after the roster clash in round 3. In a rain-shortened match, Hobart recorded a five wicket win after bowling Glenorchy out for 42 within 10 overs.

However, according to Glenorchy coach, Mr Peter Taylor, this match was not indicative of the season which included scores of 5-223 off 20 overs (Andrew Bourke 100 off 49 balls) and 5-242 off 20 overs (Andrew Bourke 93 off 36 balls).

Hobart raised the trophy in 2016 (GYC vs GYC) while Glenorchy kept the trophy at GYC by defeating St Virgil’s College in the 2017 final. In 2018, the trophy will remain at GYC – but on which Campus?

The match will begin at 3:40pm.

The other competitors in the roster were the Hutchins School, The Friends’ School and two teams from St Virgil’s College.

photo:  The two GYC teams and their staff support, left standing, Mr Blair Brownless (Hobart coach and umpire), left kneeling, Mr John Covington (Glenorchy scorer) and, right, Mr Peter Taylor (Glenorchy coach and umpire). In a rain-shortened match, GYC Red was victorious.