PORT Fairy will welcome back reigning Warrnambool and District Cricket Association cricketer of the year Jason Perera for Saturday’s one-day clash with Merrivale.
The Pirates, who are still chasing their first win for the season, are hoping to string together a consistent performance after mixed results with bat and ball last weekend.
“It was pretty disappointing both days, really,” Port Fairy captain Jordan Graham said.
“One day, we bowled well, the other day, we batted well and bowled poorly.
“More consistency (is what we’re after).
“We think we’ve probably got the right sort of plans for their guys. In the T20 (last Saturday) we just felt like we didn’t execute and that’s probably cost a few few guys spots this week.”
The Pirates made a “par” scored of 151 against Merrivale last Sunday, with half-centuries to Travis Parsons and Aaron Williams playing a big role.
But Merrivale’s Jeremy Burgess “got away” from the Pirates, posting an unbeaten 71 to steer his team to the win with a little more than two overs to play.
Graham said his charges weren’t particularly suited to the T20 format, but would relish the chance to play one-dayers.
The addition of all-rounder Perera, who made 595 runs and took 36 wickets last summer, will be a big boost for the side, providing another dimension in the bowling attack and providing good support to Parsons and Williams at the top of the order.
In other Hopkins conference matches, Nirranda hosts Russells Creek, Brierly-Christ Church captain Mark Murphy will take on his old side East Warrnambool-YCW at Brierly for the second time in as many weeks.
In the Merri conference, Allansford hosts Woodford, Nestles takes on West Warrnambool at L.P. Wenborn Oval and Wesley-CBC hosts Dennington.