Confidence rising at South West Cricket club Noorat

HITTING THEIR STRAPS: Noorat captain Gus Bourke says the pieces are falling into place for his team as it strives for a finals return. Picture: Morgan Hancock

HITTING THEIR STRAPS: Noorat captain Gus Bourke says the pieces are falling into place for his team as it strives for a finals return. Picture: Morgan Hancock

NOORAT is confident it can crack into South West Cricket’s top four as finals loom ever nearer.

It currently sits fifth, behind Pomborneit on percentage alone with three weeks remaining in the season.

But with the Bulls set to secure 12 points this weekend with the bye, Noorat captain Gus Bourke knows how vital a win will be at home against Cobden on Saturday.

“We’re going to have to win and obviously win by a little bit to jump over them (Pomborneit),” he said on Friday. “I think we’re pretty confident (about making finals). I think everyone is hitting their straps at the moment. Our opening bowlers are getting early wickets and our top-four batsmen are batting really well.”

Noorat will strive to field a consistent line-up in the closing weeks of the season, with a full-strength division one list to choose from.

Also on Saturday, last summer’s grand finalists Bookaar and Heytesbury Rebels will meet at the Camperdown Showgrounds, while Terang will host Mortlake in a top-of-the-table clash.

Meanwhile, Pomborneit will have its ‘Back to Pombo’ fundraiser at Pomborneit Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

Former Essendon footballer Scott Lucas, who played cricket for the Bulls before being drafted to the AFL club in 1994, will be among the past cricketers playing in a Twenty20 match and will also do an “open Mike”-style interview as part of the dinner that will follow.

The Bulls have invited the community to support the game, with plenty of activities, food and drink available.

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