South spirit no match for Robins
Saturday, 13th December, 2014
By Square Leg
South’s poor batting has sadly been the feature of their play this season when every other facet of their game has improved.
Their bowling and fielding has improved out of sight but it has been their inapt batting that has taken all the headlines.
Unfortunately, batsmen don’t manufacture themselves and the Roos are resigned to do the best with what they have and try and maintain the excellent spirt that they have been able to play with this season.
Hebberd, Boland, Shailles and Massaro look capable of restricting West to a score of around 150 runs on the Jubilee wicket today but this seems certain to be around 70 to 80 runs above the South batsmen’s capability.
Massaro took four wickets on the Jubilee ‘deck’ last weekend and he could again be the Roos’ trump card in this game.
South will be happy to see Matt Handberg missing from the West side for this game.
Handberg has wreaked havoc in recent seasons and the South batsmen look much more at home against the medium pacers.
Everuss, Henry and McQuillan look likely to provide the bulk of the West runs but, when looking at the South side for contributors with the bat, one can only see Hall and perhaps Schorn that are likely to get into double figures.
West should encounter few concerns in adding this game’s points to their season’s tally.