JEP cricket final the clash of the giant-killers

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St Helier RFC and Centurions, who also met in the S E Guy Memorial Trophy final last week, will also be looking to have their name inscribed on the trophy for the first time.St Helier won last Tuesday’s match by 33 runs and with the teams currently sitting second and third respectively in a tightly-contested Division II table a close 15-overs-a-side match is expected.Saints captain Mick Poulter said: ‘It will be another hard game but I’m confident that if we play to our potential we can win again.

Centurions have a very strong batting line up while we are strong in the bowling department.’I fancy us to do well again because our field has also been good this season.

We’ve managed to force sides to take chances early on in their innings and we’ve been able to capitalise with some good fielding and run outs.’We’ve reached the semi-final a couple of times before and now we’re in the final we’d like to win the trophy at our first attempt.’Poulter has made one change from last week’s S E Guy Memorial Trophy final success.

With bowlers restricted to three overs each Poulter has added bowler Sean Roche to his team replacing batsman Lee Kent.Centurions were only formed at the start of last season and after being skittled for 30-odd runs in their first ever league match they went on to win the Division III title at the first attempt.Two finals this season and in the running for the Division II title is something of a meteoric rise to fame in such a short period.Centurions skipper Joel Richardson said: ‘We had done well considering only three or four of the players had played cricket before.

The majority of players work for the Centurion Trust Company, our sponsors, or attend the Oasis Church at Le Squez.’It’s an incredible achievement by the players and we’re all looking forward to the match.

We were disappointed with our showing in last week’s final and we’re out for revenge tonight.’We know it will not be easy but we will be giving it a good go.

Three times we’ve played St Helier this season and twice they’ve beaten us comfortably while we also had a comfortable win.’We’re looking to even the score tonight and with the exception of Gez McKeever who is out of the Island on a charity cycle ride we will be at full strength.’St Helier RFC: Chris Searson, Grant Phillips, Dave Workman, Tim Butlin, Gareth Bailey, Dave Thomas, Mick Poulter, Danny Moffatt, Gary Pipe, Sean Roche and Nigel Maton.Centurions: Joel Richardson, Matt Smith, Elanco, Matthew Sun, Craig Morrison, Haydn Druce, Raj David, Nathan Taylor, Deepan, Blair Davis, Wil Gorman and Peter Brooks.

Play starts at 6 pm.

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