It will be a contrast of styles in tomorrow’s senior one-day cricket final when Waimate look to upset defending champions Celtic at Aorangi Oval.
Celtic will have six current South Canterbury representatives, while Waimate have none.
Celtic have been dominant all season and have not lost a match when they have fielded their top side.
By contrast Waimate have emerged from the pack, not through big names but through big hitting and a laid-back approach to the game.
“We just go out there and look to enjoy our cricket and if it clicks, then it clicks,” Waimate captain Jason Sew Hoy said.
Sew Hoy said his bowlers and fielders deserved the credit for getting them to the final.
Each team is likely to go in to the match with three main spin-options.
As a trio, both teams’ slow bowlers have produced key wickets at crucial times throughout the season.
Sam Carlaw has confirmed he is the best spinner in South Canterbury, while captain Craig Davies and the experienced Ants de Joux have shown they can chime-in with wickets when needed.
Waimate’s slow bowling attack will rely on Matt Devlin, Glen Drake and Rahul Save, who have all been economical this season.
Much will be expected of Drake with the bat as well.
The talented teenager is surrounded by hard-hitters, but he has the ability to be more conventional with his strokeplay.
While Celtic will be stacked full of representative batsman all but their captain and Carlaw have underperformed this season.
Drake going up against Willie Wright could be an intriguing match-up.
The former Timaru Boys’ High School player has made the most of his opportunities since joining the club mid-season and may be set for bigger honours.
Sew Hoy said his opening bowlers, Alan Reid and Matthew Sew Hoy, had been consistent all summer.
He said Sew Hoy had recovered from tendonitis in his left wrist, and the left-arm paceman would be ready to go tomorrow.
Sew Hoy said it would take “at least three half centuries” from his batsmen to beat Celtic, and he was keen to bat first.
“We want to put them in and put runs on the board.”
Davies said he was expecting more from some of the experienced batsmen, but was happy overall with how his team was travelling.
“It’s going pretty well. Some of the guys in the middle-order have struggled but everyone is starting to get a go.
Davies said the unpredictability of the Waimate line-up made them a tough proposition.
“You just never know if they’re going to turn up, and turn it on.
“If one of them comes off then we could be in trouble.
Davies, who has broken the season run-scoring record this year, said Jason and brother Nathan Sew Hoy had the power to take a game away from his side, while Drake could be handy with the bat.
Glenn Matthews continues to struggle with fitness. The Celtic speedster suffered from shin splints last weekend and will be battling to be fully fit for the final.