Win­ning be­lief has a Peel for Kook­abur­ras

Geelong Advertiser - - LOCAL CRICKET - WILL HO­GAN BPCA A2

A WIN to the start the sea­son does in­cred­i­ble things to be­lief, ac­cord­ing to In­ver­leigh all­rounder David Peel.

In­ver­leigh man­aged to se­cure the vic­tory last week­end via a fi­nal-over thriller against Lit­tle River — two sides that con­jured just three wins be­tween them last sea­son.

Peel, 63 not out, was at the non-striker’s end when team­mate Locke Per­rett found a gap, af­ter a flurry of wick­ets fell around him.

He looms as the most im­por­tant player for his side this sea­son, ca­pa­ble with both bat and ball.

“Ob­vi­ously com­ing into the Bel­lar­ine (com­pe­ti­tion) for the first time last year we found it a lit­tle bit try­ing at times play­ing against some pretty good crick­eters,” Peel said. “We fancy our chances for at least a fi­nals berth this year.

“For us at the mo­ment it’s just about win­ning a few games and get­ting that mo­men­tum and a good feel­ing around the club. And then later on in the year, if we’re in that po­si­tion to pos­si­bly move up it’ll give us a bit more of a chance to re­cruit play­ers.”

Peel is hope­ful to­day’s clash against Winchelsea — the high­est-rank­ing team to come down from last year’s A-Grade — will bring out a more de­ci­sive In­ver­leigh.

“We spoke (af­ter the Lit­tle River match) about how we didn’t bowl as well as we could have and prob­a­bly didn’t bat as well as we could and still got away with the win,” he said.

With a top six ca­pa­ble of mak­ing runs, it is the in­ex­pe­ri­enced bowl­ing out­fit, ac­cord­ing to Peel, that holds the key to re­strict­ing sides to un­der 150 in these early one-day matches.

It will be just the sec­ond sea­son of con­sis­tent high-level cricket for open­ing bowlers Jasper Ge­orge and Mur­phy Walker — two play­ers crit­i­cal to help­ing In­ver­leigh reach a sus­tain­able level of suc­cess.

“We have a cou­ple of young fel­las who are 16, 17 who open the bowl­ing, so if those two boys can gain a bit more ex­pe­ri­ence and start tak­ing a few wick­ets then that’d be the key for us,” Peel said.

“We’ve strug­gled to bowl sides out. We’ve been good at re­strict­ing scores but if we can start to take those 10 wick­ets in matches then that can set us up pretty well.”

Pic­ture: MARK WIL­SON

In­ver­leigh all-rounder David Peel.

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