Sur­rey out for first clash of sea­son

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By CAM POT­TER

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.”

PHO­TOS: Emma Hil­lier

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.

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