Valley captain reveals motivation ahead of 2019/20 SDCA T20 grand finals

GRAND FINAL: Valley captain Jacob Carey is looking to get revenge for his side after losing the decider to JPC last year.
GRAND FINAL: Valley captain Jacob Carey is looking to get revenge for his side after losing the decider to JPC last year.

UNLIKE in the Big Bash, the local T20 finals will feature the heat as all three grades prepare to take to the pitch in scorching conditions this weekend.

After five rounds spread across almost two months, the best sides will come up against each other at midday on Sunday at Cook Park.

For first grade, it will be a repeat of last year's final as JPC prepare to take on Valley.

However, the latter will be hoping it's not deja vu given their heartbreaking one-run loss in that decider.

They should enter the fixture with confidence though, having topped the group with a total of 12 points.

With the final round being rained out it has been well over a month since the players' last match, but Valley captain Jacob Carey doesn't believe that will cause too many issues.

"They're all outstanding athletes so I'm sure they'll be in good nick, but we'll probably have to get to the nets this week and have a hit so we get our eyes back in," he said.

The skipper did, however, admit the quick turn around between Saturday's regular season fixture and the T20 final may see some members of the squad having to play through soreness.

Tight hamstrings and heavy shoulders won't compare to the pain of last season's loss though, and despite not playing himself in that game, Carey is hopeful the motivation for revenge over their opponents will give them an extra edge.

"Bragging rights will be up for grabs and we know a lot of the [JPC] guys, we've been playing against them for a long time so there's always rivalries there," he stated.

Having more than one player put in a top performance is the key to success according the Carey, and that proved to be the case last year as JPC's Daniel and Alex Thrift tore apart their opponents with 62 each.

Valley had just one outstanding effort that match in the form of Nathan Levy's 88, but their captain said their strength this season is the fact they haven't been over reliant on one person.

"All year it's been someone different every week which has been good, anyone can do it and it just depends on the day," he said.

"We just need one or two of us to stand up on the day and that can win you the game."

Tactically speaking, the team will aim to keep wickets in hand for the latter part of the innings.

And if you need any evidence that's a better game plan than taking too many risks and collapsing early, then just look at the Brisbane Heat's season.

In second grade, Valley will also feature as they compete against Creeks for the title, while Craig Knox's JPC will fight for silverware against Glendon in third grade.

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