Country Wests out to settle score
COUNTRY Wests will take to the Salter Oval pitch for the final round of the Twenty20 championship with an old score to settle.
Last season's Bundaberg Cricket Association two-day competition bridesmaids will play the first fixture of the day against reigning champions Brothers.
Captain Travis Henke said the narrow loss to Brothers in the grand final had been a key motivator for his team as they ascended through the Twenty20 competition.
They sit in first place on two wins, after a successful opening round last weekend.
“There's always going to be some rivalry there with Brothers and we'll be aiming to show them what our guys are capable of,” Henke said.
Country Wests will fight to hold on to the Twenty20 championship trophy which they earned in a grand final showdown with Across The Waves last year.
The silverware sits on the mantelpiece of Henke's Bundaberg home, a site he is comfortable with.
“I'll probably dust it off and bring it out to show the boys, but I want to be able to take it back after the championships,” he said.
The addition of new players Mike Humphries and John Cameron has bolstered the team's batting line-up and helped to fill the void left by star wicketkeeper Murray Wenzel.
Cameron will serve as wicketkeeper, while Humphries will slot into the upper ranks of Wests' batting order.
“Murray was very handy for us and it's sad to see him go, but we've got some great new talent ready to step up,” he said.
“We've got a few new additions and a few younger guys coming into form, so things are looking good for us.”
Opening batsman Scott Irwin will be missing from the line-up, but is expected to return in time for the start of regular competition.
Country Wests will play Brothers 11.30am tomorrow at Salter Oval.