Covering the Goulburn and Murray valleys

Flames are out to turn up the heat

Kyabram Fire Brigade is determined to hit top form in the next two games of Goulburn Murray Cricket and try to secure a top-two berth ahead of finals.

MATTHEW GALEA January 30, 2014 4:15am

Wicketkeeper-batsman Trevor Watts is among those Fire Brigade captain Daniel Kent wants to see perform more consistently in the coming weeks.

Kyabram Fire Brigade is a happy club to be at this season, and it is hoping to extend that good feeling into the home stretch of the season with finals fast approaching.

The Flames have won all but one of their fixtures this season, but still trail Echuca and Rochester Tigers, who occupy the top-two spots on the Goulburn Murray Cricket A-grade table by 12 points.

Fire Brigade still has hope of snatching one of those top-two spots with victory in its final two home-and-away games, starting with Tongala during the next two weeks.

‘‘We’ve got two more games against top-four sides which is a great lead up to the finals,’’ Flames captain Daniel Kent said.

‘‘You’d rather be playing the better sides going into the finals and we’re confident going into this one.

(Games against Tongala) are always hard-fought, but we’ve got a really good record against them.’’

Tongala will travel to Kyabram having lost its past three fixtures, not that Kent will let its recent form cloud his judgment of this week’s opponent.

‘‘They’ve got three or four really good players, especially with Adam Nunn and Darin Ohlsen,’’ Kent said.

‘‘It only takes one of those guys to take the game off you and we know they’ve got match-winners.’’

Although a top-two spot remains a possibility should the Flames pick up wins against Tongala in this round and then against league-leader Echuca in the next round, it would be the good form that would accompany such wins that would be a real bonus for Kent.

‘‘We want to take real momentum into the finals,’’ Kent said.

‘‘The top-two spot will get us a home ground advantage in the finals as well.’’

The first day of play is under threat with the forecast temperature dangerously close to the 42°C cut-off.

‘‘It’ll be touch and go, so we’ll have to check on Friday,’’ Kent said.

‘‘We’re always keen to play, but if it’s at 42 then it’s too hot and I don’t think it’s safe to be out there, but I’m sure the league will make the right decision.’’

Kent said should the game go ahead, one major focus for his side would be its batting, which he wanted to see improve before finals.

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