Heat on bowlers to main­tain con­cen­tra­tion as Bears de­fend a ‘par score’

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT - DAMIEN RACTLIFFE

MAR­SHALL cap­tain Kal Dubbel­dam will im­plore his bowlers to iron out any in­con­sis­ten­cies if they are to de­fend 236 against Bell Park at home to­day.

Dubbel­dam de­scribed the tar­get as a par score, but said patchy ses­sions this sea­son had cost his bowl­ing side runs.

“A few games . . . there’s one ses­sion that lets us down, so if we can bowl the way we can and bowl con­sis­tently, I think we should hope­fully be OK de­fend­ing that score,” he said.

“It's a good wicket and the out­field is pretty quick, so we need to bowl well.

“It’s in the bal­ance, but you know when­ever you get 200plus on the board, you’re qui­etly con­fi­dent.

“It’s go­ing to be all about bowl­ing dry lines and lengths, and de­fend­ing the score we have on the board.”

The Bears were 7-185 when Stan Gra­zo­tis was dis­missed.

Daniel Whit­worth (25) and Cameron Fletcher (31) added tail end runs, how­ever, giv­ing the Bears the “ex­tra 40-50 runs” that could prove de­ci­sive.

“‘Whitty’ and ‘Fletch’ put on a great part­ner­ship to get us up to 236 — it could have been un­der-par at 180-200, but the boys pushed on pretty well,” Dubbel­dam said.

“That could be the dif­fer­ence, that ex­tra 40-50 runs.

“Corey (Walter) has ob­vi­ously been bat­ting out­stand­ing, con­sis­tently mak­ing 50s and 60s, and we have one or two make starts but the rest aren’t get­ting on with it, so it’s good to see ev­ery­one’s mak­ing starts but it would be nice to see more guys push­ing on.

“We just haven’t clicked as a bat­ting group yet.”

He said Shane Lymer, com­ing off 98 last game, and brother Mick would be the two key wick­ets to­day.

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