South out to prove win no fluke

By Peter Johnston

After breaking the ice for their first win in 1029 days last weekend, South will be out to prove that win was not a fluke when they take on top placed West at the Alma Oval today.

The Roos will be looking to build on their good performance with another solid effort and try and prove they can match, if not beat, the better sides in the competition.

South will have their sights set high on removing West’s Max Everuss early on in his innings today as Everuss has proved to be the backbone of the West batting this season.

South’s bowling was fairly steady last week, with new inclusion Nick Christos adding a new dimension to their bowling attack.

South will go into this game with the confidence of knowing that they were able to win a game without having to use their spinners in Gray and Russell last week with these two bowlers being their best bowlers in earlier games.

To be competitive in this contest the South batting still needs to lift.

They come up against Laurence Hebbard today and he will test the patience of their batsmen early on.

The Roos need to see off Hebbard before they start to worry about taking risks.

Newcomer Harry Russell looked good at the crease last weekend for the Roos and he certainly has given the South batting a shot in the arm.

He needs to bat in the top three if he is to have a chance to impact the scoreboard and influence the game in a big way otherwise he may run out of partners, which looked likely to be the case last weekend.

The West batting depth holds the key to this game.

Matt Gray and Paul Nicholas must make runs for South along with Russell for them to be able to exert pressure on the West batsmen from the outset.

I currently doubt numbers four to eight batsmen in the South side have the capability of numbers four to eight in the West side. This will prove to be the deciding factor in this game, with the Robins running out eventual winners in an entertaining contest.

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