Brothers and Wests finally meet
CONSIDERING there are only three division one teams it has been a while since Brothers have played Country Wests Panthers.
In fact tomorrow’s game — if weather permits — will be the first meeting between the teams in the one-day format this season.
And it comes just two weeks out from the final, in which both sides are already assured of a spot.
Since Christmas both teams have taken turns at dismantling Across The Waves, but will finally meet in a game both captains predict will be telling.
“Last time we played we beat them, but that was a long time ago,” Country Wests skipper Mat Fleming said.
“We’re going in a bit cold really, with such a stop-start season since Christmas, so it’s hard to take any momentum in.”
Brothers’ leader David Boge agreed.
“You can’t really judge any team’s form at the moment, who knows who is hitting them well,” he said.
But Boge was quick to point out that he wanted more from his batsmen this weekend.
“With all this rain around you’ve got to make the most of your chances to get into form, and I don’t think our guys have done that,” he said.
“They’ve been failing, mostly because they are throwing their wicket away.”
He acknowledged their most recent loss to the Panthers and claimed, wishfully, that Brothers were the underdogs.
“We’re playing okay and so are Wests, they have a few guys there who can do some damage,” he said.
But with the likes of Boyd Williams and Adam Rayner in their midst, his underdog claim can hardly be taken seriously.
Mick Parson is the only man missing from a juggernaut that is otherwise at full strength.
Meanwhile Tony Quinn returns for the Panthers, a huge plus given his swing bowling destroyed Brothers’ top order when they last met.
Fleming was unsure how the batting order would look, given the options available to him.
“We might fiddle with it a bit, but nothing drastic I don’t think,” he said.
If the skies clear and play gets under way the winner will hit the lead in the competition, and given the recent streak of wash-outs, this could prove pivotal.
“It’d be a hollow win if the rest of the games are washed out, but you’d rather be sitting first than second,” Boge said.
“To be honest I’d rather be playing Waves in the final because we’ve had that psychological edge over them.”
“Wests definitely shape as the more dangerous team.”
Across The Waves will finish their dismal one-day campaign against Alloway on Sunday.
Their poor limited overs form is in stark contrast to their division two outfit that comfortably tops the table.