Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Souths Eager to Return to Winner's Circle after Harding-Madsen

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Souths Eager to Return to Winner's Circle after Harding-Madsen

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Byline: Sean Teuma sean.teuma@thechronicle.com.au

TCI A-GRADE SEASON FIXTURES

Round 1 17, 24 November: Souths vs Highfields-Railways; Met-Easts vs Wests; University vs Northern Brothers

Round 2 1, 8 December: Highfields-Railways vs Met-Easts; Wests vs Northern Brothers; University vs Souths

Round 3 5, 12 January: Highfields-Railways vs University; Northern Brothers vs Met-Easts; Souths vs Wests

Round 4 19, 20 January: Northern Brothers vs Highfields-Railways; Souths vs Met-Easts; University vs Wests

Round 5 2, 9 February: Highfields-Railways vs Wests; Souths vs Northern Brothers; Met-Easts vs University

Round 6 16, 23 February: Highfields-Railways vs Souths; Wests vs Met-Easts; Northern Brothers vs University

Round 7 2, 9 March: University vs Highfields-Railways; Met-Easts vs Northern Brothers; Wests vs Souths.

Semi finals 16, 17 March: 1 vs 4; 2 vs 3

Final 23, 24 March: Winner of semi finals

CRICKET: Southern Districts is looking to solidify its return to top-flight cricket with a strong showing in the opening round of the TCI A-grade.

Despite missing out the finals of the Harding-Madsen Shield, the side picked up a confidence boosting win over Met-Easts during the rain-affected competition.

Now they want to transfer that to the local scene in the two-day format, starting today when they host Highfields-Railways at Middle Ridge Park.

While captain JJ van der Watt won't be in action for the opener, he said the side was well placed to test their more experienced rivals as they adjusted to the rigours of the two-day competition.

"This is one of the games we're pushing to see if we can win," he said. "At the moment we haven't gone into how we're going to go about it in open cricket. We know it's a different format and the first week will show us a lot. …

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