PBC hasgoods onSharks

Cricket

COMPETITION leader Palm Beach Currumbin could be without captain Jason Lavender for today's Gabba Sports Cup match against the struggling northern side Redlands Sharks.

Today's one-day game is the last before the Christmas break.

Lavender twisted his ankle at indoor cricket on Thursday night but still was hopeful of playing.

"We haven't played Redlands before," Lavender said yesterday.

"Even though they aren't travelling well, we expect a tough game."

PBC has made one change to its unbeaten line-up for the match.

Bowler Jason Simmons has been brought up from second grade, with Brendan Spark going down.

"He (Simmons) is an opening bowler and has already taken about 20 wickets in second grade this season," Lavender said.

"We are bringing him up to give him some experience. It is something we can afford to do at this time of year."

PBC currently leads the southern division with 66.06 to be more than six points ahead of second-placed Queens (59.64), with South Tweed Colts in third spot on 40.90.

Both teams play mid-table northern division teams, with Queens taking on Loganholme at Angove Park.

Colts, who are still without injured captain Joel Walle, face northern side Helensvale at Fraser Drive.

Fourth-placed Cudgen faces Logan Village at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff.

Pottsville, currently seventh but just one win from third place, plays northern benchmark team Southport Labrador, who is unbeaten this year, at Les Cave Oval Murwillumbah.

"We probably have our strongest team of the year on the field for the game," Pottsville captain Josh Singh said.

"Sean Wilson who played an important role in us making the finals last year, is back in. It is good to have him back."

In other games, a depleted Murwillumbah plays Coomera Hope Island at Rabjones Oval while Terranora faces Runaway Bay at Bilambil.



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