DERBY DAY: Bay Tigers all-rounder Andrew Malcolm will need to be at his best against the Cavs tomorrow.AFTER having bounced back to form with a big win over Dalmeny a fortnight ago, Bay Cavaliers captain Greg McDonald only has one thing in mind – a win against the Tigers.
The Tigers have scored two big victories over their neighbours already this season and McDonald is keen to bring an end to that streak.
What’s even more frustrating for the Cavaliers is that the only team they are yet to beat this season is the Tigers.
“We still need to get a win against the Tigers,” McDonald said.
“We’ve won against every other side now and that’s where the big question mark lies – can we apply ourselves in the batting department to chase down a Tigers’ total?”
Tigers skipper Gavin Smart had a straightforward response.
“Bring it on,” he said.
The two Bay sides have had contrasting fortunes with the bat so far this summer.
The likes of Chris Ison, Smart and Paul Gallen have all fired in recent weeks and their efforts culminated when the Tigers scored at more than seven runs an over against Broulee last month.
Whereas the Cavaliers – one game against Tuross aside – have come up short with the bat this season and McDonald insisted it was that part of his side’s game that needed “the most improving”.
But that trend showed signs of changing a fortnight ago when the Cavs chased down a small Dalmeny total without the loss of a wicket.
And while he was pleased with that outcome, McDonald insisted his batsmen still have some way to go.
“As happy as I was with the efforts of Nathan (Blackburn) and Bray (Kelly) in the last game, it wasn’t much of a test,” he said.
“Any time we have had a real challenge, we’ve crumbled and that’s not through any lack of talent, it’s more through a lack of application.”
One big bright spot for the Cavaliers this season has been the bowling form of Luke Condon.
Condon’s consistency has caused batsmen within the shire several headaches and McDonald was quick to heap the praise on his main strike weapon.
“Luke bowls a very consistent line and length,” he said. “He’s not particularly quick, but he gets some constant away swing and he’s been picking up wickets all year.”
The Tigers breezed through their match against Tuross on Saturday and will head into tomorrow’s derby full of confidence.
Meanwhile, the Cavs had a week off last weekend and their skipper said the break came at exactly the right time.
“I think the fact that we had the bye will help because we’ve struggled with player availability all season,” he said.
“I don’t think we’ve had the same 11 blokes on the field two weeks in a row.
“But this week, I think everyone should be available and it will give us a chance to field our full-strength side.”
Tomorrow’s other match between Dalmeny and Tuross will mark the return of former Dalmeny skipper Rod Boatwood.
Current Dalmeny captain Matt Corbett said Boatwood’s return would give his team an added spark.
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