West bats hold the key in Alma clash
Saturday, 16th November, 2013
By By Square Leg
Greater depth in batting and a genuine spinning option on a flat batting deck looks likely to prove to be key ingredients in a West win over North at the Alma Oval today.
The West batsmen have shown a distinct liking for the flat Alma wicket with the likes of Henry, Handberg, Everuss, McQuillan and Jelbert already showing glimpses of good form there this season.
Combine this liking for the Alma Oval environs and the lack of penetration in the North bowling attack and West look be eyeing a score of 200 runs plus.
North lose Codie Howard this week due to work commitments but regain Tobias Hack in the process.
The North batting line-up has lost a lot of fire power with the absence of Howard and much of their scoring capacity will rest with Hack who is a class act with the bat on his day.
While Nick Christos continues to be named in B Grade cricket, the West bowling attack will continue to lack a degree in penetration.
The difference between them and their counterparts in this contest, however, is that they do have a genuine spin option in Matt Handberg while North do not.
Handberg will prove invaluable in providing penetration and variety on a flat batting wicket.