Keen for security

January 19, 2018

After smashing plenty of runs before Christmas, Mooroopna gun Will Hale showed his bowling prowess last Saturday with 4-28.

Northerners and Mooroopna face a battle integral for their overall standing in the competition.

A win to the sixth-placed Cats has the potential to boost Paul Marshall’s squad above the Jets in fifth.

But more importantly six points goes a long way to securing a finals berth, with Tatura nipping at their heels.

Northerners coach Steve Allen said there was no doubting how crucial the two-day clash was.

‘‘Both sides understand the importance of the game. We’re two or three games from the end and we want to stay in touch with the top three or four sides and cement a spot in the top six,’’ he said.

Allen said his team would be near full strength, despite forecasting some changes to the starting 11.

But he was hopeful his side would be able to post a solid total given some practice in the Twenty20 arena.

‘‘We’ll concentrate on our batting partnerships early on and hopefully have some quality batting plenty of overs in the day,’’ Allen said.

‘‘The Twenty20 against Karra was a good hit-out for us and at this time of the year it was ideal for us with a few either washouts or heat outs.’’

Marshall was not as confident the shortest form of the game would help his side tomorrow, but said his men would take a positive attitude into the match at Tallygaroopna.

Englishman Will Hale continues to star for the Cats.

Having blitzed the competition with the bat before Christmas, he is also showing plenty of form with the ball after taking 4-28 against Kyabram last week.

Marshall was hopeful Hale would again be prominent tomorrow.

‘‘We feel that if we bowl well early and put the pressure on them we’ll make inroads and the same with when we bat, we’ll just try and be solid and be patient and be consistent,’’ he said.

The club will support its C-grade charges who face Pine Lodge in the one-day final on Sunday at Vibert Reserve, while Toolamba and Invergordon square off in D-grade action on the adjacent field.

Both matches begin at 11am.

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