RHETT RIPS IN FOR ISIS
Isis White opener hopes to return to form for weekend derby against Isis Green
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.
HOOKED UNDER: Isis White’s Rhett Pope gets a solid hit into the field at the Sugar Cities Cricket at Salter Oval.