Souths' skipper questions team attitude with the bat
THE GAME between Souths Services and MI Organics Westlawn could be reflective of how international cricket attitudes are affecting the local game.
International cricket's emphasis has been on the shorter forms of the game, most recently Twenty20, and the effects are showing in the first grade competition.
That is according to Westlawn captain Dan "Charlie" Amos, who spoke to The Daily Examiner after his team secured their second outright win of the season.
"I think it's more the way players are approaching the game," Amos said.
"People have forgotten how to tough out an innings. Instead they're just keen to get on the front foot forward and smash it out of the park," he said.
"Kids aren't learning the technique they need for the longer games. The emphasis is on one-dayers and Twenty20s.
"It doesn't help when you have to bat out a day and most of the players have that mindset."
Amos is a batsman with the ability to play both forms - he can grind out an innings just as easily as he can send bowlers and fielders searching for the ball on the other side of the fence.
The key is he knows when to play which style of game - and he believed the quick-scoring approach from Souths was the wrong one.
"Today's wicket wasn't one for quick scoring," Amos said. "It was a bit soft and tough to score."
"In saying that our bowling and fielding was excellent. We took the first wicket in the second over and the cards fell our way.
"We had the best of the conditions which didn't help them."
Souths could be forgiven for their second innings dig, with outright victory one of the only ways they would secure points from the match after losing first innings last week.
Despite Chris Cleaver building a solid 40-run innings, the rest of the team fell apart to be all out for 75.
Captain Tom Kroehnert was at a loss for words to describe how the team would fight out of their slump, after three poor performances with the bat.
"I don't know what's gone wrong, the batting's been poor for the last three weeks," Kroehnert said.
"It's not like they are throwing their wickets away, but perhaps a few are taking it too easy.
"We need a lot more concentration while we bat and we need to value our wickets a lot more."
Next weekend will see the first two rounds of the one-day matches.
Westlawn will play Brothers on Saturday then back up to face Easts, while Souths have Saturday off thanks to the bye and play Brothers on Sunday.
The other two first grade games were washed out and declared a draw.