Dogs to bounce back
Saturday, 9th February, 2019
By Tyler Hannigan
After suffering defeat for the first time in over a year last weekend, North will be eager to bounce back quickly when they take on West at the Jubilee Oval today.
Last time they met:
North 132 (C. Howard 51; A. Ferguson 5-37, N. Schofield 2-30) def West 102 (A. Ferguson 27, C. Pearce 27; C. Diehm 3-31, T. Davey 2-15) by 30 runs
Due to cancelled games and the intricacies of the draw, these sides haven’t met since round five. The Bulldogs took the win that day thanks to a half-century by Codie Howard and three wickets to medium pacer Chris Diehm out at the Zinc Oval.
North - WWWWL
As previously mentioned, North fell to Central last weekend at the Jubilee Oval in an upset. The six-wicket loss was North’s first since January 2018 and broke a 14-game winning streak.
Matt Letcher batted well last week with his innings of 35 making him the fourth North batsman to score over 100 runs so far this season. The others are Howard (272), Bill Bergman (243) and Tobias Hack (189).
West - LLLWL
West served up their poorest performance of the season last Saturday against South as they were bowled out for just 58 and fell to a 107-run defeat.
Nick Schofield and Austin Wilson bowled well, taking three wickets apiece, but it was a sorry looking batting scorecard with only two players reaching double figures.
North - T. Hack (c), B. Bergman, M. Letcher, D. ter Braak, C. Howard, L. Larkins, L. Hall, J. Vella, B. Martin, A. Wilson, K. McEvoy, E. Thomas (12th)
The Dogs welcome back Dutch international Dan ter Braak and will be hoping he can find some form going into finals. Juniors Luke Hall and Austin Wilson also return to the lineup with Josh Savage, Nash Mitchell and Tom Davey out from last week’s team.
West - M. Attard (c), M. Everuss, Paul Attard, L. Kaye, C. Stenhouse, C. Ferguson, M. Adams, J. Campbell, T. Burke, N. Schofield, D. Milne
It’s a very young team selected by West today with the likes of Lachlan Kaye, Colby Stenhouse, Casey Ferguson, Jonty Campbell, Tom Burke and Nick Schofield making up more than half the side.
Paul Attard does return to add experience though as well as Matt Adams and Daniel Milne who missed out last week.
Bill Bergman - North
Talk about a career resurgence. After a long time with the Warriors in B Grade, Bergman made his return to A Grade cricket this season with North and hasn’t missed a beat with 243 runs at 30 to leave him second on the run scoring list.
Bergman still bats the way as he always has, relying on his superb hand-eye coordination and taking risks which pay off more often than not. He’s particularly good on the onside and will punish anything pitched up on his pads.
As well as his batting, his wicket-keeping remains a feature with his hands still as quick as anyone when up to the stumps.
Mackenzie Attard - West
The West captain has had a fairly solid season with 180 runs at an average of 25 and has a top score of 83 but that’s the only time he’s made a start count. Five other times he’s reached at least 15 but scored no more than 25 which is below par for a player of his quality.
He remains one of the more athletic wicket-keepers in town and is more effective to the fast bowlers, able to save balls down the leg side where others can’t.
The Robins were incredibly poor with the bat last weekend and their top-order had no answer to a rampaging Nathan Waterhouse but if that top order, mainly Mackenzie Attard and Max Everuss, can get going then West will have a chance.
With Savage, Mitchell and Davey all missing, North look light on for seam bowling options and much will rest on Howard while Kieran McEvoy and Luke Larkins are able to offer support. Their spin-bowling doesn’t lack options however with leg-spinners ter Braak and Hall as well as off-spinner Jordan Vella.
North should be too strong today, spurred on by last weekend’s defeat.
WHAT: West v North
WHEN: Today, 12:30pm
WHERE: Jubilee Oval