Rusty Southies oiled for chase

By TONY WHITE

twhite@dailyexaminer.com.au

SOUTH Services captain Brett Woods predicts Steve Laybutt to get among the runs when South attempt to haul in Brothers Crown Hotel's first innings total in the Bananacoast Community Credit Union Premier League match at Ellem Oval today.

Laybutt will open the innings with Woods, South chasing 213.

"With Tom Kroehnert still unavailable we discussed a few options at training about who will open," Woods said. "I'm comfortable with Steve. He's due for a few runs and hopefully Steve and the rest of the team can fire."

Woods admitted, with so little cricket under their belts recently, South were 'ring rusty' on day one of the encounter with Brothers.

"We dropped a couple of catches, two in two balls, which happens, but it didn't help us," Woods said. "We were pretty rusty particularly in the opening session.

"Brothers batted really well though, Matt Ryan hit the ball good, and it was tricky conditions early on.

"I think the total (213) is definitely reachable, psychologically though we've got to get over the 200 mark.

"If everybody digs deep we can get the runs."

Woods said Kroehnert, out for several weeks with a bad ankle injury, had has his cast removed and he expects him back for the twoday match against Harwood beginning on February 11.

Brothers will be without Troy McLaren for the match, the all rounder suffering a flare up of the knee injury incurred during his innings of 76 against Harwood two weeks back.

"There is a lot riding on this game, we're pretty keen to do well," captain Corey Bertalli said. "If we can get first innings points we will consolidate third position on the ladder.

"Hopefully we can get among the wickets and hold our catches."

nLUKE Harradine and Ed Munday return for Harwood Hilton when its match against G I Hotel TucabiaCopmanhurst resumes at McKittrick Oval.

Andrew Whiteside is out after pulling a hamstring and talented off spinner Peter Hickey has family commitments.

"We need a bit of luck and a couple of decisions to go our way unlike last week," Harwood captain Tim McMahon said. "Last week was a shocker."

Harwood resume at 1-6 chasing Tucabia's first innings 8 declared for 276.



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