Twice the danger for Country Wests
THE blueprint for a Country Wests success in the two-day season opener against Across The Waves is clear - nullify Zac Keune and Brendan Prossliner and success will follow.
Keune was unstoppable in last week's Twenty20 grand final scoring 67 from 43, almost guiding Across The Waves to an unlikely run-chase.
The captain Prossliner is expected to be at his devastating best in his 2009 debut after missing the Twenty20 competition.
“They have got a lot of good players, but if we can stop (Keune) and Prossliner then we will go a long way to winning it,” Country Wests captain Mat Fleming said.
Fleming will also play his first game for the season after a two-game suspension from the last match of last season.
His side were strong in his absence, beating both Brothers and Across The Waves to take out the Twenty20 competition.
But the experienced campaigner knows it is a completely different competition from now on.
“We haven't played the two-day game here in a few years so it is something different for the team,” Fleming said.
His side will look to build on the confidence gained from last weekend.
After so many seasons fighting as an also ran in a Brothers-dominated Bundaberg Cricket Association competition, Fleming senses an aura of confidence in his side.
“In training (Thursday) the players were all spritely and enthusiastic,” he said.
“I hope my addition in the team adds a little something, but at this point in the season it is just about being enthusiastic and seeing where we are at.”
Prossliner was unavailable for the first week of the Twenty20s and was then exempt from playing in the final.