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Wobbly bats must stand up

Saturday, 6th December, 2014

North’s Lachlan Harvey has been leading with the ball but the ‘Dogs need a more determined batting effort today against South. PICTURE: Ethan James North’s Lachlan Harvey has been leading with the ball but the ‘Dogs need a more determined batting effort today against South. PICTURE: Ethan James

By Square Leg

Fresh from a good win over West last weekend, North takes on a winless South at the Alma Oval today.

At first glance most cricket scribes would suggest a good win for North but both teams have fought out some close encounters in the past few seasons and all South’s wins have come at the expense of the Bulldogs.

One thing certain from this game is the ball is likely to dominate the bat.

South have struggled to reach 100 runs in all their games this season while the Bulldogs were 6 for 74 against West, with Codie Howard making 29 of those runs.

With Howard likely to be missing today the Bulldogs’ batting could be on a par with their opponents’ unless Tobias Hack can take charge with the willow.

Lawrence Hebbard returns to the South side today to bolster a good bowling line-up. Boland and Pittaway were good with the new ball last weekend and received good support from Chestnut.

With Massaro providing variety with offspin the Roos look to have the bowling attack to fully test a suspect North batting line-up.

The greatest challenge for South, once more, will be its batting.

The absence of Hall won’t help their cause but they regain Passlow who has shown promise with the willow in earlier games.

Schorn, Boland and Hebbard will need to get runs if the Roos are to remain in the hunt for their first win of the season.

If I was confident South could score 120 runs I would select them to win this game.

If they have some luck in batting they could possibly get to three digits but, nine times out of ten, it takes more than luck to win a game of cricket.

For that reason, North must start favourites.

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