SHUTTING down in-form Laidley batsman Mick Sippel is the key to taking out tomorrow's one-day final, according to Eastern Taipans captain Nathan Fisher.
Fisher said the team was full of confidence after knocking off minor premiers Northsiders in the semi-finals.
"We've got plenty of confidence after bumping off the top-of-the-table team," he said.
"We've really started getting that winning feeling."
Fisher said he expected the Taipans could get the upper hand if they claimed the wicket of Sippel early at Baxter Oval.
"If we can get Sipp early then its battle stations for them," Fisher said.
"He's the backbone of their team at the moment. They need him to do well."
There have been few signs of Sippel slowing down this summer, but Fisher remains an optimist.
"He's due to fail though," he joked.
Sippel himself said he thought the Blue Dogs had been playing well enough to beat the Taipans in the final.
"We've been playing some good cricket," he said.
He said despite the wet weather, the team was hopeful of getting on the pitch, though a washout will see the game played at a later date.
"We want to get out there and play, ideally the rain would stay away for the weekend and it'd rain on Monday," Sippel said.
Fisher said he would be looking for a solid performance by the Taipans batsmen and bowlers to compete with Laidley.
"Our bowlers need to bowl well, but we need to perform with the bat as well," Fisher said.
In the semi-final, the Taipans bowlers restricted Northsiders to only 61 runs.
Bowlers Dan Packer and Taylor Peach took three and four wickets respectively to help their team qualify for the final.
After losing a large number of players before the season, the Taipans were tipped to have a season to forget.
Fisher said they'd proved the critics wrong.
"We've showed people you don't need a superstar to win," he said.
"We've just got a team full of handy players who can play a bit of cricket."
The one-day final is at Baxter Oval at the Ivor Marsden Sporting Complex tomorrow from 10am.
Taipans: Greg Doherty, Chad Baxter, Todd Turner, Jarid Greisbach, Greg Jeffers, Taylor Peach, Greig Cumming, Nathan Fisher, Andrew Doyle, Russell Clarkson, Dan Packer.
Laidley: Matthew Grassick, Ryan Hurley, Alex Welsh, Michael Sippel, Jason Cubit, Travis Ilka, Chris Wilson, Jack Wood, Ben Gibson, Matthew Dean, Michael Topp, Deni Lee (one to be omitted).
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