It all comes down to tonight.
That’s when Glenavy and Oamaru will take the field and battle it out in the final of the twenty20 Dick Hunt holiday competition.
Glenavy will be making its first appearance in a Dick Hunt final, after beating Union by 35 runs last week to sneak into the mix.
Batsman Rodney Van Leeuwen was a strong contributor, finishing on 66 not out, and the team bowled well.
Oamaru qualified for its third straight final after beating Albion last week.
Batsman Jeremy Smith notched 30 runs for his side, and others made solid contributions with the bat and ball.
Oamaru was able to constrict Albion’s run rate, and put on a good reply chase.
Glenavy captain Ross McCulloch was excited for his side to play in its first senior final and he had a simple recipe for performing well.
“It’s runs, partnerships, good fielding, no dropped balls – as they say, catches win matches,” McCulloch said.
“Hopefully everyone pulls finger.”
Opening batsman Kurt Thomas had been a solid performer for the side all season and Van Leeuwen was expected to knock some big ones again.
Thomas had been a star performer with the ball.
“We just need to support the bowlers and who knows what could happen?”
Oamaru lost to Valley in the final last year, so it will be looking to go one better tonight.
Captain Robbie Breen said it was good to be back in contention, and it would look to its “big dog” Stephan Grobler to lead the side.
“We rely on him pretty heavily and when he plays well we tend to go well,” Breen said.
All-rounder Nick Johnson was a “class performer” and he had been a strong player during the twenty20 season.
“He’s turning into a bit of a T20 specialist. He’s got lots of tricks up his sleeve in bowling and he goes pretty well.”
Everyone would need to strike for Oamaru to get over the line.
“We’ll be looking for regular contributions from all our guys – it’s been the strength of the team all year.”
The final will be played at Whitestone Contracting Centennial Park at 5.30pm today.