Depleted Redbacks still have eyes on the prize
STEPPING up at the business end of the Townsville Cricket Premiership has become a habit for Suburban Parks in recent years.
While struck down by injury and unavailability heading into this weekend’s semi-final with Saints, coach Peter McLean said it was not a practice the Redbacks had any plans of kicking as they chased a third straight crown.
The Redbacks will field a severely weakened attack minus second leading wicket taker Peter Drew, Colby Ward and Jon Reinders, while Stephen Taylor is rated only a ‘‘ 40/ 60’’ chance of playing at Tony Ireland Stadium.
‘‘ Each year there has always been a bit of adversity at this time and we’ve always stood up and got through it,’’ McLean said.
‘‘ Usually at this time of year our older guys really step up and show the young fellas how to do it and they all respond.
‘‘ They all come together as a group – that’s our strength.’’
Suburban Parks and Saints have played three times this year for one win each. But following their secondplace finish in the minor premiership, Saints have the upper hand, needing only a draw to progress to the grand final with Wests.
‘‘ It’s always been now or never for us at this time of year,’’ McLean said.
‘‘ The team coming second can bat for the whole weekend, so it’s up to us to get 10 wickets.’’ Play starts at 10am.