THE newest weapon in Dennington's bowling arsenal is preparing to tackle his first final alongside his elder sibling.
Lochie Worden is expected to line up alongside his brother, Sam, for the Dogs' Twenty20 decider against Brierly-Christ Church on Thursday.
The 17-year-old - who has cemented his division one status with impressive bowling figures - is relishing the chance.
Having a pretty rough start to the year, we had no regrets and just went for it.Lochie Worden
He's so far notched total figures of seven for 45 off 12 overs to mark a strong start to senior cricket.
"It's been great. I love playing with Sammy," Worden said.
"It's a massive bonus to be in the team with him. I've been really enjoying it.
"I wasn't expecting (a division one debut) but I've been trying to work towards one and having a go up there has been a great opportunity and I'm grateful for it."
The year 11 student told The Standard belief was flowing at Dennington.
"Having a pretty rough start to the year, we took pressure off, had no regrets and just went for it," Worden said.
"This will be my first cricket final and it's a pretty big deal.
"Knocking off Creek in the semi-final was a pretty big deal so it wasn't like we had an easy run to the final."
Worden, fresh off a Warrnambool Country Week campaign, said the tournament helped to build form leading into the Twenty20 final.
Brierly-Christ Church is expected to be without both Campbell and Matthew Love, who are on Western Waves duties in Melbourne.
"Cam and Matthew are both really good players, so it would be helpful if they missed," Worden said.
"We'll just go to the game, have a good crack and hopefully feel pretty confident."
The final kicks off at 5.20pm at Uebergang Oval on Thursday.
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