Surrey out for first clash of season
BEECHWORTH Wanderers’ season begins this weekend and they take on a promising Greta side.
Last year’s premiers enjoyed a later start to the season, but the delay allowed this weekend’s opponents, the Blues, to get into winning form.
Greta clinched a last-ball, boundary-hitting win over a strong Benalla Bushrangers’ side to successfully chase down 174 runs.
Wanderers’ coach Mark Butters said he expects Greta to come out firing.
“The extra week off has been both a blessing and a hindrance really,” Butters said.
“It has been a blessing because we have been able to look at the scores, see who is in form, early risers and the like.
“But it also been a hindrance, especially for this weekend, because Greta fought their way into form.
“I expect them to be a pretty good outfit again this year, but we can’t get caught up in them, we need to focus on starting the season well and what we do well.”
In one day cricket, Butters said the processes would remain the same for the entire year.
“Regardless of one day or two day cricket, the batsmen need to bat the overs,” he said.
“I have no issue in leaving balls in the first 10-15 overs in one day cricket that means we aren’t getting carried away.
“When we are bowling we need to be bowling a good line, but a better length.
“Our warm up will hold us in good shape to start the game well and making sure our fielding intensity is high.”
Without Beechworth captain Brenton Surrey who will be the only absence from the side this weekend, Butters said it is time for some others to step up.
“We don’t have any form to pick the team on so it will come down to availability and who has trained well,” he said.
“I am really hoping to see someone new step up and perform.”
STARS ALIGN: Brenton Surrey (left) will be unavailable for this weekend’s first round, while Mark Butters (right) is hoping someone will step up to fill the void.