Waves challenge Fleming to step up
ACROSS The Waves captain Brendan Prossliner has sent a warning to Country Wests captain Mat Fleming ahead of tomorrow’s clash.
Prossliner criticised Fleming’s performance with the bat this season, saying he would be their number-one target.
“He’s barely scored a run all year so it’s time he stepped up,” Prossliner said.
Under-19 star Steve Nichols has done the bulk of the run scoring this season for Wests and Fleming said it was time for the older boys to chip in.
“Scott Irwin, Phil Proctor, Trav Henke and myself all need to put some runs on the board, because up until now Red (Nichols) has basically been the shining light,” he said.
It is the Panthers first of two division one clashes this weekend, and without a game under their belts since mid December, they could well enter this weekend’s double header wondering which side of the bat to use.
Wet weather, forfeits and holidays have hampered their playing and training schedule since Christmas, but they will take solace in the fact two-day cricket is behind them and only one-dayers remain.
Panthers started the year surprisingly well, romping to victory in the inaugural Twenty20 competition with wins over both division one opponents in the space of a day.
They will be hoping to repeat the effort this weekend when they take on Waves on Saturday and back up against Brothers on Sunday.
Fleming believes their performance on Sunday will hinge on how they start off on Saturday.
“If we get a few runs on Saturday our confidence will be up on Sunday for sure,” he said.
He admitted there may be a bit of rust, but at the same time said the extended mid-season break might have done them good.
“I think the boys might appreciate the time away. We can basically start a new season now and have every chance of getting some wins up,” he said.
They will have acomplish their goals without all rounder Andrew Reepsdorff, who is out for the season with arthritis in his ankle.
Waves will be without left-armer Mitch Waters, who pulled up lame a fortnight ago with calf soreness.
Veteran Noel Stitt will take his place and he intends to make a mark.
“I’ll support Brendan and give the boys a bit of a gee-up,” he said.