Batty to star as Keira, Cougars square off 


Leaders Keira and fourth-placed Corrimal meet for the second time in a week at Ziems Park in this afternoon's standout clash in round 13 of Illawarra cricket.

Keira claimed a spot in the Twenty20 final against Wollongong with a 14-run win over Corrimal on Australia Day, while the Cougars have won six straight games in the one-day competition.

The Cougars were held to a nine-point "winning draw" after defending 123 against Helensburgh in round 12, with the Burgh facing 51 overs but finishing well short at 8-101.

Unbeaten Keira have the competition's best batsman in Graeme Batty - who has scored 675 runs at an average of 135 - while Neel Honovar, Jonathon Cook and Batty are in the top 10 in the bowling averages, having combined for 67 wickets this season.

With 11 wins and a washout from first 12 rounds, Keira may only be halted by rain and thunderstorms in the area, with a pitch inspection required this morning.

LADDER: Keira 216, Helensburgh 159, Wollongong 150, Corrimal 135, Dapto 125, Port Kembla 108, Balgownie 82, Northern Districts 73, Wests Illawarra 41, University 28.

ROUND 13: Corrimal v Keira at Ziems Park; Northern Districts v Wests Illawarra at Hollymount Park; Port Kembla v Wollongong at King George Oval; University v Dapto at University Oval; Helensburgh v Balgownie at Helensburgh Oval.

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