One- day­ers give Wests chance to fine­tune bat­ting

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JON TUXWORTH

WESTS coach Dar­ren Frakes has backed the Townsville first grade com­pe­ti­tion’s de­ci­sion to re­vert ex­clu­sively to one- day fix­tures as his team pre­pares for to­day’s grand fi­nal re­match with Sub Parks at River­way Sta­dium.

Frakes said his team was still work­ing out its best bat­ting strat­egy af­ter it was rolled for just 97 against Broth­ers last week in a three- wicket loss, its first de­feat in three games to start the sum­mer.

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Sub Parks are un­beaten and Frakes knows their bowl­ing at­tack won’t show any sym­pa­thy if the bat­ting is­sues con­tinue.

Wests lost six wick­ets chas­ing down 113 against Norths in their open­ing game and four wick­ets chas­ing 111 against Wan­der­ers.

“The main thing we’re try­ing to do is work out a for­mula that works for our bat­ting,” Frakes said. “Our bowl­ing seems to be go­ing OK but we need to get the right strat­egy with the bat, and hav­ing a lot of one- day games will give us the chance to do that.

“The first two games we chased fairly low to­tals. We got there com­fort­ably in the end but we could have done it a bit eas­ier.”

Wests have added for­mer Saints ag­gres­sive bats­men Brad Stout and Clint Thomp­son to the line- up this sea­son.

Stout has con­sis­tently won games at club level with his high strike rate.

“Stouty will play his sec­ond game for us this week and we’re just about full strength,” Frakes said.

“I can’t speak for every­one else but rep­re­sen­ta­tive cricket is now all one day­ers and if you’re a purist or not, it would make sense to repli­cate that.”

In to­day’s other fix­ture, Norths hosts Wan­der­ers at En­deav­our Park.

Dar­ren Frakes.

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