Strong batting needed
Saturday, 19th November, 2016
By Tyler Hannigan
Great bowling performances highlighted North and West’s wins last week as they ripped through South and Central respectively and today could rely on which team’s batsmen are able to get on top.
North could only manage 80 runs last week before being bowled out but the total proved more than enough as their bowlers did their job, tearing through the defending champs line up to rout them for just 65.
Codie Howard, making his first appearance for the Bulldogs this season, showed no signs of rust as he bowled his full eight overs and took 2-17, including the big wicket of Jarred Paull. Veteran pace bowler Chris Mitchell took 3-17 off six overs that included three maidens before Shane Dalby cleaned up Central’s lower order, taking 4-6 off just three overs.
Their batting was led, almost entirely, by Jordan Vella who scored 42 off 57 balls before being last man out. The next highest score was 10 by Howard and they’ll need a greater spread of contributors if they are to build a winning total against this high quality West bowling attack.
Jamin Whyman returns for the Dogs tomorrow and he’ll be hoping to rediscover the form that had him hit 83 not out during the first game of the season.
Andrew Prince also returns while Mitchell and Dalby drop out.
West’s Sean Wilson, Callum Rosewarn and skipper Peter Christos dominated the South batsmen last weekend, each claiming three wickets and dismissing the Roos for a paltry 44. Christos had the brilliant figures of 3-1.
Wilson has been in sublime form of late after taking 5-9 against Central and backing it up with 3-15 last week. He has taken 16 wickets in A Grade already this season.
They handled the small chase with ease despite losing Liam King early. Mackenzie Attard (24*) and Max Everuss (18*) worked the ball around to knock of the runs required.
Matt Handberg returns to the line up tomorrow after recently tying the knot.
His all-round talent adds depth to West’s batting and bowling.
The loss of Mitchell and Dalby will be massive after taking 7 wickets between them last week and that could prove the difference tomorrow. Both have been named in B Grade and would only be missing due to work commitments on Sunday.
West’s batting is still a little questionable but their bowling this year has been first-rate and if they get to bowl first, they’ll be very confident of making it two wins in a row.