Openers hold key on balmy day at McKittrick
CRCA CRICKET: It will be a dogged scrap at McKittrick Park today that could come down to how prepared the opening partners for each side are for a long day at the crease.
Westlawn and GDSC Easts are both searching for their first wins of the 2016/17 season and Westlawn captain Pat Vidler admitted that desperation to not be the only side left without a win will create a heated battle on the pitch.
But it will be the ability of each side's opening pair to keep their concentration in today's heat that will prove the difference between the two sides.
With regular opener Simon Wilson out for the weekend it has left Westlawn captain Pat Vidler scratching his head and a new level of pressure on the shoulders of young gun Kallen Lawrence.
Vidler has the veteran instincts of Luke McLachlan who has played a hefty amount of premier league cricket in the opener's role as a potential ace up his sleeve.
"Losing Wilson does not help our cause for getting a win but we will just have to see how it goes and hopefully we can improve,” he said.
"While we didn't get many runs in the first innings we managed to be one for 160-odd in the second dig with Kallen getting in the runs.”
Lawrence was 64 not out against a tough Brothers' bowling attack and Vidler said the runs had done the young opener's confidence a world of good.
Wily Westlawn batsman Rohan Hackett will make his return to the side as well for the important clash at McKittrick Park.
GDSC Easts opener Shannon Connor has shown some decent early season form with the bat stroking the ball cleanly to all parts but it is captain Ben Hill who has been lacking in form.
Hill, a noted timer of the ball, has been well contained by bowling outfits but it needs to reverse if his side are to come away with the spoils against Westlawn.
The match up could come down to the toss of a coin with both sides having no luck with the nickel in hand both only winning one of four tosses this season.
"In all fairness both teams will be as confident as each other that they can get the win,” Vidler said.
"We have both shown signs of good cricket this season and know we have the scores in us it is just a matter of getting them.”