IN FORM: Iluka's Jason Allen has been contributing to his team with both bat and ball this season.
IN FORM: Iluka's Jason Allen has been contributing to his team with both bat and ball this season. Debrah Novak

Iluka looks to keep posting big scores

LCCA CRICKET: Iluka have managed to turn their season around, and after sitting at the bottom of the ladder earlier this year and now second in the LCCA competition.

Iluka host Lawrence this weekend, and Iluka captain Brendan James said he is confident the side can continue their recent solid form.

"The boys are batting really well at the moment, we chased down 176 last match and 190 before that, which were good efforts,” he said.

"They were par scores with the way the wickets have been playing, so to get those runs has been good.

"We're hoping to keep that going and keep making big scores out in the middle.

"With all the rain and washouts earlier in the season we were dead last, so to be sitting second in the competition is fantastic. Now we've just got to keep that momentum going.”

With Iluka coming off a bye last week, James said the team was keen to finish 2017 with a win.

"We are looking forward to this week's game, it'll be the last one before Christmas so the boys are keen to go,” he said.

"It was decided to can next week's game before Christmas and push the whole season back a week, so this will be our last game of the year.

"Coming off the bye last weekend it's a little bit hard, everyone hasn't been playing and they might be a bit out of practise, but I'm confident we can get the job done.

"Lawrence are going to be a tough side to beat, they've got some tough players like Brett O'Connor as well as some youth with Brodie Davis, so hopefully we will do well against them.”

After bowling at a recent Over 40s match, James hinted that he may roll the arm over at some stage in this weekend's clash.

"I bowled some leggies that weren't too bad, so I might have a bowl this weekend,” he said.

"It would be good to take more wickets and put a bit more pressure of sides, you always want to take ten wickets, but that's cricket.”



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