Denning emerged as stike weapon

CRICKET: Fast bowler Liam Denning has emerged as Bundaberg’s number one strike weapon for this weekend’s representative game against Fraser Coast in Maryborough.

Six changes have been made to the team that performed so poorly against Kingaroy last month, with Denning and Braydon Graham the only two pacemen remaining in the line-up.

Country Wests bowler Kyle Stallan, who took five wickets for the under-19 representative team last week, Rhys Grills and Steve Nichols are the other bowlers slated to play on Sunday, however this was yet to be confirmed yesterday afternoon.

Captain Brendan Prossliner, vice captain Mat Fleming, opening bowler Trent Prossliner, batsmen Phil Proctor and Mick Parsons, as well as wicketkeeper Murray Wenzel, are all unavailable for the game.

“Fingers crossed I can bowl some good lines and take a few wickets, but our batting needs to stand up,” Denning said.

Hopes in the batting will rest on experienced pair Travis Henke and Jarrod Laycock — likely to be named in the two leadership roles in the absence of Prossliner and Fleming.

Henke knows the enormity of the task, but is eager for the challenge.

“We’ve been in a pretty dark tunnel lately, so hopefully a good win can drag us out of it. A lot rests on the more senior players to perform,” he said.

“I think the attitude we’ve had so far hasn’t been up to scratch and we’ve probably gone into games with complacency. We’ll need to apply ourselves this weekend to have a chance.”

In the two games this season no Bundaberg player has passed 50, a stark indicator of their performance so far.

“That’s a bad stat and something we need to address” Henke said.

Peter Turich, Zac Keune and Josh Nugent have been named for the first time this season, while Nichols and Chris Duff round out the likely side.

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