West Warrnambool captain Alastair Templeton believes that his team’s fielding ability is the key to bouncing back against Russells Creek in their two-dayer this weekend.
“The game will be played in a different way to what Sunday (one-day final) was,” Templeton said.
“For us to bounce back against Russells it wont be just about batting or bowling, the game will be won in who can field better out of the two teams.”
Templeton believes his sides fielding improvement lies with keeping concentrated in the field as they shift from 40 to 80 overs.
“For two day cricket you are out there for longer and teams who can remain concentrated are going to field significantly better,” he said.
“If we can improve on concentrating for longer our fielding will get better and we will be better off later in the season.
“As good finals teams are good fielding teams and that's what we want to be.”
The Panthers have taken 69 wickets this season, with 38 of those coming in the field from catches (29), assisted (six) and unassisted run outs (three).
Templeton won’t neglect that his sides bowling and batting are still key factors in bouncing back.
In these areas he has two in-form players he can utilise.
“Our English import, Jack Sunderland, has been good with both bat and ball and is adjusting well to playing down under,” He said.
“Ben Threlfall is also starting to get up and going with the bat and looking dangerous.”
“But I feel It's been more of a team performance rather than individual performances.
“We are playing well as a team and we hope to continue that.”
Templeton and his side aren’t dwelling on last Sunday’s one-dayer loss to Russells.
“We are not out for revenge,” he said.
“It’s the last game before the Christmas break and we want the best possible result from this weekend that will give us some momentum to launch us into the new year.
“We wont take anything but a win, there are no excuses, we should be hitting straps, it's the last game before Christmas break.”
Templeton is hopeful of a strong start to day one, which begins at 1pm at Davidson Oval.