Heytesbury Rebels may struggle for numbers in second weekend of SWC Twenty20 matches

LOCK HIM IN: Simon Harkness, who made just nine appearances for Heytesbury Rebels' division one side last summer, will be available all season for the finals hopefuls.
LOCK HIM IN: Simon Harkness, who made just nine appearances for Heytesbury Rebels' division one side last summer, will be available all season for the finals hopefuls.

A PERFECT start to the South West Cricket season last weekend was just the buffer Heytesbury Rebels needed in what will be a tricky period for the club with player availability.

Rebels captain Jeff Rosolin was spoiled for choice last week, having to drop a player due to surplus, but this week will be more of a battle as his team looks to add to its two wins.

“This week we’re actually scrambling for numbers,” he said. “We’ll do our best to get the wins, but for a more long-term (goal), over the first three weekends, we’re just looking for more wins than losses to get to the top half of the ladder going into the first round of one-dayers.”

The Rebels take on Noorat and Mortlake in Saturday’s T20 matches.

There has been a small turnover at the Rebels this summer, with Tyler Schafer returning to home club Mortlake, while Chris Vogels will be away overseas.

But they have picked up former Simpson young gun Noah Ackerley and are waiting on a clearance for another player, while Simon Harkness and Chris Dendle, who had late starts last season, will be available all summer.