Top four South West combos face off

SOUTH West Cricket’s top four sides clash in the final round before the Christmas break.

Ladder leader Pomborneit hosts fourth-placed Heytesbury Rebels and third-placed Mortlake welcomes second-placed Noorat to D.C. Farren Oval today.

Mortlake captain Todd Lamont said the Cats needed to find consistency, particularly with the bat, and a win before the break would set up the second half of their season.

“It is a pretty important game for us,” he said.

“We have dropped a few games so we really need to finish the end of this year with a win to keep us in the four.”

Lamont described the Cats’ overall form as “pretty ordinary”.

“We have bowled pretty consistently but haven’t put it together with the bat,” he said.

“We have a pretty strong batting line-up tomorrow so hopefully that will change.

“We get Tyler Schafer back. He’s had a crook knee.”

Lamont said there were a number of reasons for the lacklustre batting efforts.

“A lack of game awareness and we’ve let the bowlers dictate too much and we’re not taking the initiative ourselves,” he said.

The premiership-winning skipper said his own form reflected the team’s.

Lamont has scored two half-centuries and one ton and has averaged 44 but has also had three knocks in single figures.

“I have had a couple of good hits but I am not consistent every week,” he said.

Lamont said Noorat would provide a tough test.

In other round 11 games, seventh-placed Simpson meets sixth-placed Bookaar, Terang plays Woorndoo and lowly-ranked Cobden and Boorcan go head-to-head.

justine.mc@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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