RUSSELLS Creek captain Cam Williams is hoping a familiar format will deliver results on an unfamiliar stage.
The first-year leader believes Creek’s depth and proactive mindset will help it in its first Warrnambool and District Cricket Association two-day grand final this weekend.
“The club, committee and coaching staff let me do my thing on a Saturday and sometimes it’s attacking or risky but the players are backing me,” he said.
Williams, 24, said Woodford, striving for its third straight flag, would provide a stern challenge at Reid Oval, saying “whoever gets into rhythm first” would be in the box seat.
The former Nestles wicketkeeper said Creek was laden with match-winners, including all-rounder Jimmy Elford and bowler Matt Petherick.
“Our lower order – Josh Campbell and Jayaweera Bandara – has batted really well the past two months and put on an extra 60 or 70 runs each week to give us a good total,” he said.
Eels skipper Nick Butters said teenager Alex Jennings, the returning Tom Batten and recruit Jason Fowler were chasing their first top-grade flags with the club.
“Alex at the start of the year was our third spinner but now he’s definitely our number one spinner and a good bat,” he said.
Butters, who will spend the Australian winter playing cricket in England, said captaining the Eels was an honour.
“It’s a pretty easy gig because there are a lot of leaders in the team,” he said.
“I was pretty lucky to inherit the team that I did.”