Keira's twin missions

ILLAWARRA CRICKET 

The battle for premiership points resumes with a one-day round this afternoon, as Keira host Balgownie in a top-of-the-table clash at Keira Oval.

Clubs have enjoyed the distraction of five Twenty20 rounds over the past month, with Corrimal tomorrow hosting Helensburgh at Ziems Park and Wollongong at home to Keira at North Dalton Park in T20 semi-finals, as they chase a spot in the February 2 final.

Corrimal have had four wins and a washed out draw and along with the other pool winner, Wollongong, will be hoping their excellent form in the shortest format continues for premiership points in the 50-over format.

Wollongong lost the T20 final to Keira 12 months ago, while Corrimal have been the form T20 side this campaign.

Corrimal will also want to continue their winning momentum away to battling Wests Illawarra in their round-eight one-dayer today.

Corrimal's McDevitt brothers, Tom and Xavier, were standouts in the final two rounds of T20, while medium pacer Oscar Oborn-Corby has been in outstanding form for Wests all season.

In the standout round-eight match today, Keira host Balgownie in the clash of arguably the top two teams from the first half of the season.

Balgownie's batting strength has been a problem for all their opponents this season, while Keira look to have the strongest overall batting and bowling depth of any club.

Meanwhile, Dapto and Northern Districts meet at Reed Park.

Dapto were in fine form before the start of the T20 format, while Norths need a win to press their bid for a top-four spot.

In other games, premiers Helensburgh host Port Kembla and Wollongong host University.

Ladder (before round eight): Balgownie 49; Keira 38, Dapto 38; Uni 34; Norths 31; Port 27; Helensburgh 26; Wollongong 20, Corrimal 20; Wests Illawarra 8.

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