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HEAT IS ON: Colts’ Daryl Parmenter can be dangerous with the bat or ball.
HEAT IS ON: Colts’ Daryl Parmenter can be dangerous with the bat or ball. File

THERE are no higher stakes than the penultimate match of the season.

When Dorrigo and Park Beach Bowling Club Colts face off this weekend, one team will progress through to next week’s grand final against Diggers Ex-Services while the vanquished will see their season come to an abrupt halt.

The one big ‘X’ factor hanging over the clash at Dorrigo’s Rowe Oval is the fact that the recent poor weather means neither side has played any cricket for nearly a month.

The effect that this has on each individual’s form has created an enormous amount of uncertainty in the lead-up to this encounter.

The Colts have been undefeated since before Christmas but there are some handy individuals in the Dorrigo line-up like captain Justin Gilbert, opener Adam Turner and leg-spin bowler Mick Gilroy who are capable of causing headaches for the Colts outfit.

The home ground advantage may prove to be the defining factor that separates these two evenly matched teams. It should also be remembered that if the game is washed out then Dorrigo will be in the grand final.