Vo­ges con­fi­dent of an­other fi­nals bash

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT - Bryce Luff

PERTH Scorchers cap­tain Adam Vo­ges is con­fi­dent the reign­ing Big Bash League cham­pi­ons can again push for fi­nals in the up­com­ing edi­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion, start­ing De­cem­ber 19.

The Scorchers are the com­pe­ti­tion’s most suc­cess­ful side with three ti­tles and five grand fi­nal ap­pear­ances in six years.

Their worst re­sult was a semi-fi­nal fin­ish in 2015-16.

Vo­ges said con­sis­tency in the squad and WA’s re­cent one-day cup win had them track­ing well.

“I think we line up very sim­i­lar to what we have done over the last cou­ple of years and we’ve been a re­ally strong outfit,” he said.

“Our re­sults have shown we’ve per­formed pretty well in most years in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“Hav­ing said that, the Big Bash is a tough com­pe­ti­tion and there’s some re­ally good teams.

“I don’t think we’re under any il­lu­sion we’re go­ing to have to play in­cred­i­bly well again but you look at our squad and how it’s shap­ing up and I’m very con­fi­dent we’re go­ing to have an­other good cam­paign.”

At his dis­posal will be pace-ace Mitchell John­son, who starred in 2016-17 with 13 wick­ets and an in­cred­i­ble 3-3 in the semi-fi­nal win over the Mel­bourne Stars.

While John­son was un­sure where he would fit in among Perth’s nu­mer­ous bowl­ing op­tions, Vo­ges said he would be a hard man to leave out.

“Mitchell was mag­nif­i­cent last year,” he said. “He was a lit­tle bit ner­vous to start with but just went from strength to strength ev­ery game and prob­a­bly bowled the best he had all tour­na­ment to­wards the back end of the Big Bash.

“We had some in­jury con­cerns and he stepped up won­der­fully well. It’s quite ex­cit­ing when you go through the depth of our fast bowl­ing list.

“I can un­der­stand him hav­ing a few hes­i­ta­tions in think­ing whether he’s get­ting in the team. I think he’ll be pretty hard to leave out, though.

“I thought he was won­der­ful last year and hope­fully if he can give us some­thing sim­i­lar this year, I’m sure he’ll do well.”

Vo­ges is cur­rently suit­ing up for Melville in the WACA Premier Cricket com­pe­ti­tion.

He started well, scor­ing two 50s across two fixtures in his open­ing week­end.

The scores have trailed off a lit­tle since then, but he said he was happy to be back.

“We’re a good side, we’re a good club, we’ve got some good peo­ple down here and some good play­ers,” he said.

“If we’re bru­tally hon­est we’ve prob­a­bly un­der­per­formed the last cou­ple of years so it’s great to start well.

“There’s a long way to go but I think it’s an ex­cit­ing time to be around the club.”

Pic­ture: Robert Cianflone

Adam Vo­ges in ac­tion for the Perth Scorchers.

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