SHOULD WE RE-THINK TOP FOUR SYSTEM?
After five rounds of the summer there's a distinct pecking order developing in this year's BOIDC premiership race.
Cavaliers, St Pat's Old Boys and Orange City, the defending premiers, have broken away from the pack in the race for the minor premiership.
Just three points separates the top three sides, but there's then 10 points between the third-place Warriors and the next best side, City Colts.
City takes on St Pat's Old Boys this weekend at Wade Park, a game that should be a top quality affair, but the game we should be all watching is CYMS and Colts.
If Colts can't get the job done against the green and golds at Loco Oval then the gap between the top sides and the rest will only get bigger.
However, if Colts wins then the fifth-placed CYMS falls further off the pace too, and in a competition where just four of the 10 sides make finals can we really afford to have six sides just about ruled out of finals contention before Christmas?
HUGH'S HUGE EFFORT THE KEY
With that in mind, Hughie Britton's effort against CYMS on Saturday was tremendous.
The unorthodox delivery-style of Britton's right-arm pace makes life difficult for most batsmen, but he did it for 16 overs straight in the heat against CYMS at Riawena Oval, without much reward.
Still, Britton is the league's leading wicket-taker after five rounds with 13, including two five-fors in the opening two rounds of the season.
If Britton can continue to lead Cavs' charge at the top of the ladder, it'll take a very decent side to derail the maroons' title hopes.
Just don't ask Hughie for a high-five - what a shocker this is (picture below).
BRUSHED BLAKE LEADS THE CHARGE
Last week Centennials Bulls skipper Kurt Toole came out swinging in defence of star bat and leading BOIDC run-scorer Blake Aubin.
Aubin tops the BOIDC with 278 runs at an average of 92 but missed out on selection in the Western Zone side, one that fell to a winless campaign at Goulburn over the weekend.
Toole said Aubin can count himself "damn unlucky" not to be in the zone fold, and he's right - no doubt Jameel Qureshi's team could have done with the runs at the country championship's southern carnival.
It's also worth noting that even with the in-form Aubin, Centennials are still winless from five rounds this season and basically out of the running for a place in the finals come March.
If only Aubin was receiving the same level of support on the field as he is off it from his Bulls teammates.
FEARNLEY FIRES IN LONG FORM
Matt Fearnley was spotted at Wade Park during the Regional Bash game running water for the Wranglers.
He should have been running in with the new rock.
The St Pat's Old Boys warhorse nabbed 6-9 off a little over 12 overs in his side's win over Kinross on Saturday, his spell including six maidens. They're ridiculous figures.
This current run of two-day cricket suits the line-and-length bowlers down to the ground, and while ever Fearnley is firing expect St Pat's to remain in touch with Cavs on top of the ladder.
PLEASE COME BACK ....
We see you out there for Kinross in Friday night's Royal Hotel Cup, helping the students to an upset victory over Lithgow no less, but we want you back in the BOIDC too.
Larkin was one of the best bats in the competition early doors last summer and hasn't been sighted yet for Kinross this season, until Friday night.
If he can play a few more Saturday games, then the students will be far from easy-beats in the coming weeks.
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