West under pressure
Saturday, 16th January, 2016
By Square Leg
The ability to find worthy replacements for Christian Minnett and Andrew Henry places the West batting line up under the microscope in their contest against South at the Alma Oval today.
West must fill the void left by the departure of these players from town if they are to be given a genuine chance of competing with Central come finals time in March.
Minnett’s departure also robs the Robins of a valuable spin bowling option which will also prove important when considering the pace-friendly decks that prevail in town at the moment.
South should field their best bowling attack today and the likes of Boland, Hebbard, Chestnut and Squire are capable of finding any chinks in the West batting armour.
Paul Attard has been the best West batsman this season however, he will be looking to the likes of Max Everuss, Matt Handberg and Clint Pearce to lend greater support given the ongoing absence of Minnett and Hendry.
Pearce has taken his cricket to a new level this season and he now gets the opportunity to bat higher up the order and take on even greater responsibility.
Unfortunately for South, they are lacking a few of their better batsmen through work commitments and leave today, and compiling a competitive score for the Robins to chase may be their biggest issue.
Much will depend on Grant, Boland, Kumar and Henderson if South is to remain competitive in this contest for any length of time.
Matt Handberg’s “leggies” have accounted for the demise of the South batsmen on a few occasions this season and, also in previous seasons, and this could prove to be the case again today.
Handberg is expected to get good support from Wilson, Attard and Christos with the “cherry” and they should hold too many cards for a weakened South batting line-up.