The Celtic cricket team is looking for the first in a trifecta of crowns on Saturday.

Celtic head into the Twenty20 final against Star at the Aorangi Bowl as red-hot favourites.

As the traditional heavyweights of senior cricket over the past decade, Celtic have also booked a place in the 50-over against Temuka.

They look likely to contest the two-day Tweedy Cup final as well.

The free-scoring Twenty20 competition is a new one and no doubt Celtic will be keen to get their hands on the silverware.

Much could depend on in-form opener Ryan de Joux.

The hard-hitting batsman has torn apart attacks in the shortest form of the game, last week smashing 73 off only 27 balls.

The 35-year-old is averaging over 50 and loves the format of the game.

“It suits me down to the ground, it’s quick and I don’t get puffed,” he said.

“Seriously though, I believe it has helped others improve their game as it forces them to play off the block because they have to.”

Something of a character in the local club scene, de Joux has branded his own bat with his nickname: “Rhino”.

A cartoon on the bat has been dubbed “Demolition Rhino”.

He hopes it stays true on Saturday or admits he may get some stick.

Never afraid to have a word, de Joux has been on his best behaviour this season and has not fronted the judiciary, who he admits he is “on a first-name basis with”.

He will open the innings with wicketkeeper batsman Andy Scott in a strong top-order line-up, with youngster Sam Carlaw likely to bat at three.

Carlaw can get on with the job, as can Craig Davies, one of the province’s most prolific run scorers.

The side also have a handy bowling attack, with veteran Grant Watt and Willy Scott along with spinners Davies and Carlaw.

Also in the mix is medium-pacer Glenn Mathews, who has proved a valuable member of the side since moving down from Marlborough.

Davies is better known as an opening batsman in the longer form of the game but has proved a more-than-capable bowler, having polished his skills in England over the winter.

Star came from nowhere, having been bottom equal on the table to tie for second and go through by virtue of beating Timaru last weekend.

For the underdogs the form of opener Alexander McKenzie could prove pivotal.

Like de Joux he is a potential match winner.

McKenzie will open the batting with former Timaru Boys’ High School player Simon Ward, who has looked comfortable playing senior cricket.

The middle order has the experienced Andrew McRae, who chairs the South Canterbury Cricket board.

The slimmed-down Julian Blanchard has also proved handy with the bat.

The bowling attack relies heavily on Craig Hinton, but captain Phil McGregor has turned himself into a specialist Twenty20 bowler with quite an effect.

Tim Butler is also likely to get among the wickets if the game goes Star’s way.

There are two wild cards who could also turn the match if available.

Celtic’s Dan Laming has been out injured, but could make a welcome return, while Star can call upon South Canterbury captain Todd Elliotte.

Laming can be a devastating batsman while Elliotte can be equally effective with his offspin bowling and is also handy with the bat.

The final is set to start at 4pm, with Temuka playing Waimate at 11am, followed by Timaru and Geraldine, ensuring an action-packed day at the Oval.

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