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Lack of runs to again prove Roos’ downfall

Saturday, 11th January, 2014

All-rounder Matt Handberg is expected to carry a heavy workload for West today with a number of players unavailable for the clash with South. PICTURE: Ethan James All-rounder Matt Handberg is expected to carry a heavy workload for West today with a number of players unavailable for the clash with South. PICTURE: Ethan James

By Square Leg

Unavailability of players looks likely to have an impact on West’s performance in their opening game against South after the Christmas break at the Alma Oval.

However, given the Roos’ poor form with the bat leading up to Christmas, the Robins should still prove too strong for a South side that continues to display good fighting spirit despite some rather ordinary batting performances.

The Robins look likely to be missing a few key players but, such is their depth, they should be able to find adequate replacements to enable them to get over the top of South in this game.

Added to the unavailability of players, there is rumour that West captain Andrew Henry may have broken a finger at training on Thursday night which could be a longer term loss for the Robins.

West will look to another sterling performance from Matt Handberg with bat and ball to set them up in this game.

Handberg has a good record with the bat against South and an even better record with the ball.

His ‘leggies’ claimed seven scalps against South in the last encounter and he will be looking to repeat the dose again today.

West will need good efforts with the bat from Everuss, McQuillan and Jelbert, along with Handberg, to set up a winning score.

The South bowling line-up of Hebbard, Chestnut, Vandenheuval and Hall is a steady attack and has the capability to test any weakness in the West batting line-up.

Unfortunately for the Roos, a score of anything in addition to 120 runs will present a daunting challenge.

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