WESTERN Waves under 14 coach Al Templeton has urged his young troops to keep their foot on the pedal heading into round four of the Victorian Youth Premier League on Tuesday.
The call to action comes after the Waves put in another stellar bowling and fielding performance in their eight-wicket victory over Metropolitan Northern Falcons on Monday.
It follows on from his side’s two country games – a victory over Mallee in Sunnyside and defeat against Barwon – in November and December.
“We have had 10 run outs over our first three games, so we have shown that we are pretty good in the field and it’s good to continue that and start the week well,” Templeton said. “It sets a good standard for the rest of the week and we just need to make sure we stick to our plans and keep it simple and realise it’s a long week down here.”
Templeton praised the controlled innings of Merrivale export Flynn Wilkinson, whose unbeaten 47 helped secure the commanding win.
“He batted really sensibly and he went out there and just accumulated runs and then when he got the opportunity he put a couple of bowlers away,” he said.
“It was a really smart and good openers innings. He isn’t going to give his wicket away to anyone and it was good to see him not a play a loose shot towards the end when we had won the game.”
West Warrnambool’s Noah Dawson also received praise from his Waves coach and fellow Panther after taking 3-7 from six overs to help restrict the Falcons to 9-101.
The Waves under 18 side had no luck in its first two twenty20s of the VYPL, losing to Country Central Highlands and Country Northern Rivers by 19 and nine runs respectively.
The under 18s return to action with twenty20s against Mallee at 9.30am at Greenvale and the Falcons at 1pm.
While the under 14s return to battle Highlanders in a 40-over match at Essendon at 9.30am.