Old Students will be looking to harness winning momentum in the shortest format and turn it into two-day success.
The Students defeated Tatura in an A-grade Twenty20 fixture last week and while the Haisman Shield is a completely different beast, captain Luke McPhillamy hoped victory proved contagious.
‘‘It was good just to get a win to change the mood around the club, it’s not nice to be losing all the time,’’ he said.
‘‘It is two-day cricket now, so it’s sort of completely different, but we’ll take confidence out of it.’’
The pair will do battle at Kialla Recreation Reserve again and McPhillamy was confident sprinkler issues that plagued last week’s B-grade fixture at the ground had been resolved.
‘‘That’s all under control and the wicket is looking good,’’ he said.
Coach Daniel Coombs returns to the side after spending Christmas in England, but import Waqar Ali has returned to the Northern Hemisphere.
‘‘Waqar’s gone back to England, him and Coombsy could have waved to each other in the air as they crossed paths because one left on the same day the other came back,’’ McPhillamy said.
‘‘That’s the one obvious change, but the side hasn’t been finalised.’’
Tatura captain Tim Kelly will reward Blake Armstrong, 15, the younger brother of tearaway quick Jayden, with an A-grade debut tomorrow.
‘‘Blake’s an all-rounder who has been making a lot of runs in junior cricket and playing well in B-grade,’’ Kelly said.
‘‘It will be pretty exciting for him and his family.’’
Kelly knows that his charges must claim victory in this clash if they are to retain hope of playing finals.
‘‘It’s like another final for us, if we drop this one it pretty much ends our chances,’’ he said.
‘‘Every two-day game we’ve played have been like finals though, so it’s good for the young kids to play under that pressure and perform.’’
Tatura’s batting line-up enjoyed the chance to play at Kialla in last week’s Twenty20 and will be looking to capitalise on that crucial experience.
‘‘It was good for us to play there because it’s a different sort of pitch,’’ Kelly said.
‘‘It’s got an almost tennis ball bounce, so it was good for our batters to get some time on it.’’