Clark fired up to meet former teammates
ILUKA V MACLEAN UTD: Glenn Clark is itching to mark out his run up on Yamba Oval today as he revs up against a pair of former teammates.
Clark, who joined Maclean United this season after the dissolving of Brushgrove Cricket Club, has started the season in fine form with the ball but his past record will fly out the window ahead of today's clash.
The right arm paceman is expected to put a little bit more behind each delivery as he squares up with former team mates Brendan James and Gary Ryan who will open the batting for Iluka.
"We spoke about the rivalry when we met Iluka in the first round, Glenn loves coming up against those blokes,” Maclean United captain Jarrad Moran said.
"He loves to take their wickets so I expect him to bend the back just that little bit more when he faces them.”
Clark managed to snare the wicket of James in the first round in what was a losing effort for the Maclean United side.
Moran said his side had evaluated where it went wrong against Iluka and have put in work on those suspect areas of their game.
"We have won every game since that clash so we definitely took a lot of confidence away from that clash,” he said.
"Our batting let us down a bit on the day, but that is to be expected with the boys showing a little pre-season rust in the first round.
"We have definitely improved on that and it showed in our last win against Wanderers only losing three wickets on our way to chasing down 145.”
On that occasion it was Dean Moran who showed his tenacity at the top of the order anchoring the innings with a 70 not out, and his captain will be looking at the veteran to lead from the front.
There is a lot of intrigue in today's Lower Clarence clashes with the introduction of the mandatory RJR Test Match ball for the first time.
While it will give the association a more regulated approach to weekend cricket the jury is still out as to the value in the cherry.
"I am not a big fan just on first looking at them,” Moran said. "They are very dark and have a few little marks and imperfections in them as well.
"We will just have to wait and see how they play out.”