THE chance to dig in and build an innings is something East Warrnambool-YCW all-rounder Tom Moloney is looking forward to.
The Broncos will host Woodford in the opening round of Warrnambool and District Cricket Association (WDCA) two-day games. Moloney believes the longer format will suit his team, which is winless after 10 rounds.
“There always feels like a lot more pressure in the shorter formats,” he said.
“Players feel like they have to be scoring boundaries all the time. I think our batting line-up is more about accumulating, spending some time in the middle and building an innings.”
Moloney was part of the East Warrnambool-YCW team which made it all the way to the WDCA grand final in 2014-15.
He was a key player that season, taking 20 wickets at 15.10.
He credited then captain Mark Murphy for lifting the club up another gear.
Moloney said he was keen for the club to keep working towards a return to that level.
“I learnt a lot from the way ‘Murph’ went about things,” he said.
“He showed us how to be professional and he led by example.
“The club worked really hard to get into division one and have that bit of success.
“We are digging deep now and working hard to slowly build ourselves up again.
“There is a plan in place and we need to stick with that and keep on improving and taking steps forward.”
Moloney is the Broncos’ vice-captain and an injury to captain Jarrod Wilson has seen the 26-year-old step up as acting skipper.
“It is certainly challenging,” Moloney said.
“It makes you think more about the game and you can try a few new things.”
A strong set of statistics for 2018-19 points to the pressure of leadership sitting well with Moloney.
He has taken 11 wickets in seven games and is averaging 17.90 with the bat.
“My form with the bat has been okay,” he said.
“I think I can bat to the situation, whether that be steadying the ship or getting quick runs.”