They've still got it

THEY may have lost some fire power, but they still know how to win.

A slow start in the Twenty20 championship meant they failed to reach the final, but Brothers have bounced back to be undefeated ever since.

Last week's near-outright against Waves showed they were still number one in town.

Without the ability to call on demolition machines Mick Warden and Boyd Williams, the Brethren have been forced to work hard for their victories, but captain David Boge said his boys were more than happy to.

“All the teams are even on paper this year, it just comes down to who wants to work hard and perform each week,” he said.

“I'm looking forward to this one,” he said of this weekend's two-dayer against Country Wests.

“It's our first real game against them and we will see if they can improve from their last two-dayer (when they lost to Waves).”

Country has the attack, with the bat and ball, to challenge Brothers, but have yet to put it together when it mattered.

“They have a good batting line-up that can perform, Trav Henke is making runs, as is Phil Proctor, and Scott Irwin is probably due.”

Josh Haynes and Eddie Butcher will be missing for Brothers, while Country will be stung by the loss of four key players, including skipper Mat Fleming, for day one.

Under-19 representatives Steve Nichols, Braydon Graham and Dan Faulkner are also out of action, leaving a gaping hole in the Wests line-up.

But Fleming is calling on his senior players to lift.

“It will be a big challenge for us, but if Irwin and Henke can get us off to a good start we're a chance and Phil Proctor can really bat when he puts his mind to it. They don't have the best attack in the world,” Fleming said.

He also said it was time for Andrew Gear to take responsibility with the new rock.

Waves will be missing a host of junior stars on rep duties, but should still have the depth to account for Norths 2 in the other fixure on Saturday.

Five players, including run scorers Miles Donovan, Zac Keune and Curtis Janke, handy left-arm seamer Mitchell Waters and off spinner Chris Duff will be replaced on the weekend.

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