PREMIERSHIP contenders beware.
Two of Brierly-Christ Church's most damaging talents are finding form.
Mark Murphy and Geethal Fernando were both huge contributors as the Bulls cruised to victory in their Twenty20 fixtures against Allansford-Panmure and Nestles on Saturday.
Murphy hit a quickfire 34 from just 16 balls while Fernando, the club's resident Sri Lankan, ripped through Nestles' top-order to finish with figures of four for eight off four overs.
Bulls skipper Matthew Love said the duo had "found their mojo".
(We just wanted) to get around the boys that have been struggling a bit for form.Matthew Love
"The guys that have been struggling a bit for form have come back well," he told The Standard.
"Mark has come back after battling a bit of a knee injury and 'Big G' did a bit of what we know he is capable of, tearing through a top-order.
"That's what we spoke about pre-game, just wanting to get around the boys that have been struggling a bit for form."
Love described both wins as "so important" as the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association resumed from its Christmas hiatus.
"Locking away 12 points in such an important first week coming back - we played two (Twenty20) games on (Saturday) and have another on Thursday - makes it a huge week," he said.
"We know we're fortunate to be where we are on the ladder from a statistical point of view but also we know we have a lot of upside."
The former Victorian Premier Cricket captain-coach predicted Brierly-Christ Church would be suited well to two-day cricket, which begins on Saturday.
"We feel we're slightly better in that format," Love said.
"We know we have aggressive players and things like that but with our batting lineup and with the ball we think two-day cricket will suit us best.
"We're rapt to get the two wins (on Saturday) and we've now got our sights set on Thursday before getting into the real guts of the season."
Love, who has scored 310 runs at an average of 34.4 this season, said his side would hone in bowling discipline and batting partnerships as areas of improvement.
"We've let ourselves down with extras," he said.
"We've fielded well but we can improve on that part of bowling.
"Building those batting partnerships can be hard in Twenty20 cricket but those are the key issues we want to build on. We want to build that real team energy and get our team spirit really strong."
Brierly-Christ Church will face bottom-placed West Warrnambool on Thursday.
Love said the Bulls were wary of the Panthers - who toppled top-placed Woodford on Saturday - and respected their ability. The clash will begin at 5.30pm.
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