Ben Andrews, Sawtell, and Matt Andrews from Nana Glen ready for battle in the first grade cricket grand final at the Stadium th
Ben Andrews, Sawtell, and Matt Andrews from Nana Glen ready for battle in the first grade cricket grand final at the Stadium th

Andrews is the word

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

IT's a fair chance that the winner of this weekend's grand final will be thanking Mr. Andrews for helping them to victory after putting in a great game.

The big question is, which team will it be?

There's no doubting that two of the biggest keys to deciding the winner of this year's first-grade premiership are the Andrews boys, Sawtell's opening bowler Ben and Nana Glen's opening batsman Matt.

Since returning from University studies at the start of summer, Andrews has dominated with the ball like few have before him.

He's taken 20 wickets during the regular season at the miserly average of only 7.05.

Impressive figures but not nearly as impressive as his bowling display in the major semi-final a fortnight ago when he helped Sawtell steal victory from the jaws of defeat when he took an amazing 7-25 off 22 overs.

His captain Todd Gill often refers to him simply as a 'freak' but Andrews plays his own ability down a bit compared to that.

"I think I've just been a bit lucky really," he said modestly.

"I didn't expect too much this season to be honest, I just run in and do my thing."

Also an exceptional soccer player, Andrews thinks the reason for his increased yard of pace that he's shown this year simply stems from going through the last football season relatively injury free.

"I don't know where the extra pace came from because I'm doing the same things as I was last year," the 20 year-old explained.

"I'm a bit fitter which helps, I'm not as injury prone as I was last year."

When Andrews takes the new ball this weekend his main goal will be to remove his Nana Glen namesake as quick as possible.

For the last three season Andrews' aggressive batting (Matt's that is) at the top of the order has been a mainstay for the Lizards and his teammates will be looking to him for a solid start to their innings on the usually batsman friendly pitch at the International Stadium.

In typical Nana Glen fashion though, Matt isn't feeling any pressure.

"I just go out there and do my usual thing," he said.

"Getting the team off to a good start is the main thing, hopefully all the guys down the order score a few this week as well."

Winning the competition in 2003/04 and then finishing with the wooden spoon last season, Andrews is hoping that Nana Glen can complete the roller coaster ride this weekend and return to the premiership list.

"It would be a good way to come back from the disappointment of last year, he admitted.

"Hopefully we can pull it off."



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