Norths face tough challenge
NORTHS are readying for their toughest challenge since re-entering the division one competition.
The newcomers will face Bundaberg Cricket Association benchmark Brothers in a 50-over one-day showdown tomorrow.
Coach Mick Ryan said his team was conscious the odds were stacked high against them but they were ready to rise to the occasion.
“(Brothers coach David) Boge runs a pretty tight ship over there and they appear to have another pretty high-class team this year, so we will be cautious,” he said.
Ryan said the pre-season Twenty20 competition had exposed a few teething problems in the Norths bowling line-up, a matter he has been working address in a series of intensive training drills this week.
“There's some room for improvement there, but the guys are working hard,” he said.
Adding starch to the Norths line-up will be the return of veteran paceman Jeff Morley.
Ryan said the long-term Norths campaigner would provide some much-needed experience to the team's attacking order.
“It's going to be good to have him back and I think he's going to be raring to get out there and get stuck into another season,” he said.
While some critics had been vocal in their opinions of Norths chances this season, Ryan said his team may have the last laugh.
“If the other teams want to be complacent against us, then they do so at their own peril,” he said.
“If we get the basics right, take our chances when presented, and have a bit of luck go our way.”