Waves primed for clash with Wests
PROBING swing bowler Mitch Waters will return from a three-week injury lay-off this weekend against one-day ladder leaders Country Wests.
The left-armer, who was the leading wicket taker heading into the Christmas break, injured his calf against Brothers in January and his side has struggled ever since.
The experienced Lachlan Donovan will also return to the top side, adding weight to a batting order than has been brittle at best recently.
Across The Waves skipper Brendan Prossliner refused to confirm he would tinker with the batting order this weekend, but it is likely Donovan will replace veteran Noel Stitt at the top of the order.
“We’re pretty much full strength this week finally, and we know we can turn around our performance,” Prossliner said.
There is every chance the pitch will have a bit of spice in it if play gets underway this weekend, considering the rain that washed out last weekend hasn’t disappeared.
Country Wests captain Mat Fleming is well aware of this.
“Batting will be a little tricky I’m guessing this weekend. I’d say there will be more in it for the bowlers,” Fleming said.
Despite inflicting a heavy defeat on Waves a fortnight ago, he is not taking Saturday’s match-up lightly.
“We know what their top order is capable of,” he said.
“They haven’t produced their best against us or Brothers in the one-day stuff yet, so we will be hoping to keep a lid on them again this weekend.”
Young seamer Braydon Graham did a supreme job with the new ball last time the teams met.
He found the edge of Warrick Hawes’ bat in his first over, before picking up danger man Prossliner with a clever slower ball.
Fleming hoped he and frontline quick Andrew Gear could undo the Waves’ top order once more.
“If we can knock them over again like we did it will definitely set us up nicely,” he said.
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