Tom Lever bowls for Brothers against Country Wests.
Tom Lever bowls for Brothers against Country Wests. Mike Knott

Waves to blood bowlers

ACROSS THE Waves captain Sean Stuchbery hopes to use tomorrow's match against Country-Wests as a chance to blood rested bowlers in anticipation of the coming two-day fixtures.

On paper, the fixture appears to be a one-sided affair with Across The Waves expected to outclass the struggling Country-Wests.

Stuchbery said one-sided scorelines in recent fixtures had meant many of his bowlers had missed valuable game-time experience in the lead-up to two-day fixtures.

"In recent matches, we've bowled teams out for very low amounts which means a lot of our bowlers haven't really had a chance," he said.

In last weekend's division one fixture, Across The Waves bowled out Norths for 76 runs and then reeled in the total comfortably (1-80).

Stuchbery said it would be essential to ensure himself, Chris Duff and Sean Achurch had the opportunity for some game time before two-day fixtures begin.

"Blokes just haven't been getting the experience they're going to need for when we come up against strong sides like Brothers in the two-dayers," he said.

In the other fixture scheduled for Salter Oval tomorrow, Norths hopes the return of opening bowler Boyd Williams will help orchestrate a major upset against Brothers.

Williams will return to the fray after being sidelined with a muscle injury.

Captain Michael Ryan said Williams would provide a substantial boost to the team and add some heat to Norths' bowling arsenal.

"We're hoping he pulls up well on Saturday and is ready to get into it," he said.

Also expected to return to Norths is Shaun Rose who scored an unbeaten century in division two competition last week.

Ryan said the team would focus on addressing poor batting totals in recent matches.

"Our focus will be on scoring runs this weekend," he said.

"We've struggled with the bat all season. We'll be focusing on our application out there and on making sure we're getting runs on the board."

Ryan said if Brothers took his team lightly, they would be made to pay.

"We'll be going into this match with the belief that we can upset Brothers," he said.

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