Star pair to lift Tigers

Geelong Advertiser - - LOCAL CRICKET - ALEX OATES GCA2

TORQUAY will re­gain two “walk-up” stars as it pre­pares for its clash against a weak­ened Bell Park.

Tigers cap­tain-coach Dale McDon­ald yes­ter­day said all­rounder An­thony Fo­ord and gun re­cruit Chris­tian Hewett would re­turn to the side that was soundly beaten by Murghe­boluc in Round 1.

The Dragons also have some sig­nif­i­cant changes for the grand fi­nal re­match, with cham­pion pair Mick and Shane Lymer un­avail­able.

McDon­ald said while the ab­sence of the match­win­ning all-rounders was a boost for his side, he would not take the reign­ing premier lightly.

“I re­ceived a mes­sage from Ash Rus­sell ear­lier men­tion­ing that they were un­avail­able, which is nice to have two ex­pe­ri­enced crick­eters not play­ing,” McDon­ald said.

“But we’re just look­ing for­ward to what we can do, rather than wor­ry­ing about the op­po­si­tion. I don’t par­tic­u­larly take a lot of no­tice, to be hon­est, as long as we’re do­ing what we can con­trol.”

Torquay is close to re­gain­ing gun Tom Henderson, who is re­cov­er­ing from a knee in­jury sus­tained in the BFL re­serves grand fi­nal.

“We’ve got pretty good strength in the club at the mo­ment,” McDon­ald said. “We’ve brought in a fifth XI … and we’ve got strong num­bers with about 20 new play­ers want­ing to come and play for us, which is re­ally pos­i­tive.”

It was a tough ini­ti­a­tion for McDon­ald and the Tigers in the sea­son opener, go­ing down to the Frogs by eight wick­ets.

“They were fan­tas­tic,” McDon­ald said.

“They just out­played us in all facets, which is dis­ap­point­ing from our point of view. They bowled well to the con­di­tions, they fielded ex­cep­tion­ally and they did ev­ery­thing right.

“They would’ve saved 40 runs in the field and that’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween get­ting 170-180, rather than 140. They were too good for us and it’s a credit to them.

“It was dis­ap­point­ing, but there’s an­other game this week where we can hope­fully re­deem our­selves.”

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