One- dayers give Wests chance to finetune batting
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.