After last week's outright defeat to Deniliquin Rhinos, Waaia is eager to strike back when it takes on the might of Strathmerton this weekend in Murray Valley Cricket Association.DAMEN FRANCIS January 23, 2014 4:10am
Talk about a rough introduction.
Waaia got close on first innings, but slumped to a disappointing outright defeat against Deniliquin Rhinos in the opening round of Murray Valley Cricket Association two-day matches last week.
‘‘We’ll need to bat a hell of a lot better,’’ Waaia skipper Damian Atkins said.
‘‘Two-day cricket suits us, but our batsmen were still a little bit hungover from the Christmas break. We spent half an hour going through what we need to do.’’
The visitors bowled out the Rhinos for seven runs more than their first innings total of 163, only to be bundled out for 90 in the second innings.
The home side chased down the runs to condemn Waaia to an outright defeat.
Waaia remains fourth on the premier cup ladder, but can ill-afford many more slip-ups, with Barooga breathing down its neck.
Next up is Strathmerton, complete with Murray Valley representatives Tom Glover and Luke Patel — not to mention league champion Luke Carter, who returned to action on day two of the clash with Katamatite following Victoria Country duty.
‘‘Strathy are full of stars,’’ Atkins said.
‘‘They have two guys over in Bendigo who are in great touch and Luke Carter as well.
‘‘We’re going to need to bat our 80 overs and bowl well again.
‘‘Our bowling was fantastic, we took 7-40 to skittle Deni in the first innings.’’
Atkins will have to do without Robert Bradbury, Brayden Carey and Anthony Ciavarella.
But with Lachlan Henderson cracking 102 not out against Finley in division one last week and Aaron Shelton piling on 112 not out against the Cats earlier in the season, he has players to call on.
Dave Gilmour remains Waaia’s barometer, averaging 35.33 in 13 innings this season.
Atkins said the loss hurt more than losing outright last week and was confident of a response against the third-placed Bulldogs at Waaia Recreation Reserve this weekend.
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