MORTLAKE and Camperdown have a chance to put their controversial round nine match behind them this weekend in a decisive way — by ending the other team’s season.
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When they met last month, Mortlake completed an impressive chase to defeat Camperdown, but the Lakers believed their opponent arrived late on the second day of the match, resulting in a date with the tribunal.

The panel decided that the teams should split the points due to South West Cricket’s (SWC) rules being unclear, with the drama adding some spice to this weekend’s semi-final between the pair.

“There will be a little bit of extra motivation after our last game against them,” Cats captain Todd Lamont said.

“It’s going to pretty be intense and exciting.”

Mortlake has been training twice a week since Christmas, welcoming healthy numbers to both sessions.

“Thursday is just our normal net session,” Lamont said.

“Tuesday is fielding practice for an hour-and-a-half, we don’t bat or bowl.

“We’ve only had a few games after Christmas, so it’s been a bit hard to gauge (how much we’ve improved in the field), but it’s just been good to touch-up the skills.

“If we can get an extra run-out or take a catch we wouldn’t normally take, it’s going to be beneficial.”

The skipper described the Lakers as unpredictable, particularly their batting line-up.

“They’ve got a few big hitters in there,” he said.

“If they come off, they’re going to go all right but if they don’t, they’re not. They’ve got some quality cricketers and there’s a few we’re going to have to work out plans for.

“Last time we had them at 5-60 but they still made 320, so they’ve got plenty of depth.”

Lamont attributed the Cats’ ninth semi-final in 10 years, to a consistent season.

“We were talking the other day about how we’ve probably only had one bad session for the whole year,” he said.

“That was against Terang, when we lost a heap of wickets before tea, but apart from that we haven’t really put a foot wrong.

“Apart from that Terang game, we’ve batted out all the overs every game.”

Mortlake’s bowling has not been as strong as it would have liked, but Lamont hopes the promotion of left-armer Tim Delaney into the semi-final side will give the Cats a boost.

“We feel we’ve got the best all-round team in the competition but it’s just a matter of putting it together on the day,” he said.

While Mortlake and the Lakers meet at Camperdown turf, this weekend’s other SWC division one semi-final sees minor premier Terang take on Noorat at Terang turf.

Neither side will enter the match with bragging rights after the pair’s only encounter this season was washed out in November.

Both semis will be played today and tomorrow.

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