SOUTH West division one captain Todd Lamont says a strong all-round team performance could guide his side to the Western Waves Festival of Cricket finals.
“We have a lot of all-rounders so should go all right, better than last year,” he said.
“We won one of three games (in 2011). We were competitive but lacked a bit of quality.
“It suits Jay Wynd’s game. He’s pretty lively in the field, quick between the wickets and hits the ball well.”
Craig Sargeant, Travis Brown and Jye McLaughlin withdrew this week, with South West calling up Tyler Schafer from its division two side.
Lamont said a team only needed “one catch or one innings” to win a Twenty20 game. “We have always done all right but never won it. Our aim this weekend is to win it,” he said.
“We’ve gotten to the final but never over the line.”
South West division two captain Matt Boyle highlighted a strong bowling line-up.
“Every bloke in the team can bowl so we have plenty of options,” he said. “We have slow, pace, spin — everything.”
The Festival of Cricket has changed to include a division two format this year, replacing the under 21 grade. Boyle said South West would back its next generation against more experienced opponents.
At 22, Boyle is the team’s veteran. “Our team is under 21 except for myself,” he said. “The league has decided to send up an under 21 side.”
Bookaar teenager Jack Osborne has come into the division two side, replacing Schafer.
“He’s a hard hitter of the ball,” Boyle said.
“It is a good opportunity for him. He’s a young kid and has a good future ahead of him.” Boyle, who rated bowler Chris Vogels and his brother Daniel, an opening batsman, as key players, was full of praise for Gus Bourke.
“Gus Bourke will destroy it up there,” he said. “He is the best all-rounder I have ever seen.