RHETT RIPS IN FOR ISIS

Isis White opener hopes to re­turn to form for week­end derby against Isis Green

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JACK MCHUGH

THE op­por­tu­nity to play along­side son Hay­den was enough to bring Isis White opener Rhett Pope out of re­tire­ment.

Pope played “the gen­tle­man’s game” un­til he was 21 be­fore opt­ing to stay well away from bats, balls and bounc­ers.

But now with Hay­den old enough to play in Bund­aberg Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s Di­vi­sion 3 Premier­ship, Pope has slot­ted back into the top or­der for Isis Cricket Club.

The elder Pope has had a lean start to the sea­son, with a high score of 29 among sev­eral con­tri­bu­tions in the mid-20s.

There won’t be a bet­ter chance for Pope to un­leash the shack­les than this week­end, when he stares down Isis Green’s best in the week­end’s Isis derby.

“We have a full team and we’re on a good run so it should be pretty even this week­end,” Pope said of Isis White’s chances.

Isis Green, which sits third in the com­pe­ti­tion, got the bet­ter of its club­mates in its first clash this year, thump­ing Isis White by 51 runs.

But Isis White has shown strong form since, with two bats­men slog­ging cen­turies in con­sec­u­tive weeks.

Norm Sch­leusener struck an un­beaten 148 against Brothers White in round eight; the 56-year-old be­com­ing the first player to score a cen­tury for Isis Cricket Club since its ref­or­ma­tion in 2009.

The fol­low­ing week it was Greg Re­hbein’s time to shine, hit­ting 102 against Bur­nett Heads.

As strong as fifth-placed Isis White’s re­vival with the bat has been in re­cent weeks, the team still has to be wary of the chal­lenge Isis White presents.

Isis White sits third for a rea­son, and is in strik­ing dis­tance of the top two (CCWS and Norths) thanks to the team’s strong all-round game.

Ac­cord­ing to Pope, the dan­ger men are bowler Zac Dann and bats­man Chris Fisher, the lat­ter scor­ing two cen­turies this sea­son and 50 in his last out­ing two weeks ago.

Dann’s been the man with both bat and ball, scor­ing an av­er­age of 31 and tak­ing six wick­ets at a 12.5 av­er­age.

The Isis derby will be played at Sal­ter Oval 2 on Satur­day from 12.30pm, weather per­mit­ting.

PHOTO: PAUL DONALDSON BUN151114CRI09

HOOKED UN­DER: Isis White’s Rhett Pope gets a solid hit into the field at the Sugar Ci­ties Cricket at Sal­ter Oval.

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