Hunting scalps to break their ducks

October 13, 2017

Old Students playing coach Daniel Coombs hopes his team can clock up enough runs on the board to beat Tatura this weekend.

Heading into round two of Haisman Shield Old Students and Tatura will be hoping to put the necessary runs on the board to seal a win.

As the old saying goes, ‘‘catches win matches’’ and after dropping two ‘‘certainties’’ and four half chances last week Old Students coach Daniel Coombs hopes his side can bounce back.

‘‘Everyone wants to win in round one, it is obviously disappointed not to get the result,’’ Coombs said.

‘‘But in saying that, it was a terrible performance because we know if we take those chances anything can happen.’’

Students boasted an impressive total of 7-221 off 45 overs last week and Coombs his side could hit those marks again.

‘‘We know we are a good batting side, if we play to our strengths, like most teams, anyone can beat anyone in this competition,’’ he said.

Despite it being a new season, both sides shared the spoils last season winning one game each and Coombs is adamant Tatura, which lost by seven wickets last week, will be a tough challenge even without Tom Miller and Zavier Ballis.

‘‘They are a young side, they keep on improving each season, so it will definitely be another tough game,’’ Coombs said.

The Students are expected to go in unchanged leaving Nick Breslin (7) and Felix Odell (83) open the batting again when they get their chance.

‘‘Breslin was unlucky to go out for what he did, while I feel Felix is really starting to develop and pick his shots throughout his innings — hopefully, that can continue,’’ Breslin said.

Tatura fell well short of the mark last week after forcing Numurkah to chase down a measly 126 runs, but captain Tim Kelly is adamant his side can bounce back.

‘‘It was a little bit disappointing to start the season off in that fashion,’’ Kelly said.

‘‘I am sure though the boys will be determined to bounce back, all we are after is just a little bit of improvement from each player and that will go a long way to making a difference.’’

Miller and Ballis are unavailable for selection, meaning Sean McCallister will be given his Haisman Shield debut.

‘‘He is only 16, he is a good kid and is a bit of an all-rounder, so we are excited to see him play,’’ Kelly said.

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