BARNAWARTHA-Chiltern hopes the return of all-rounder Chris Hartshorn can kick-start its season today.
The Miners’ drive to play finals this summer hit a mighty hurdle with a disastrous collapse in the opening round against Eskdale.
Their first innings turned into a procession of wickets to be dismissed for just 34.
After that, they bowed to the almost inevitable and lost outright.
Captain Murray Price said that first-round performance was just not good enough and must not be repeated against Kiewa this week.
“We were a bit under strength going into that match but there was no excuse for what happened,” he said.
“It wasn’t that easy to bat on the wicket but Eskdale made it look a lot less tricky when it scored nearly 200 on the first day for just six wickets.
“There were too many poor shots from us.
“If you bat first you need to make a score that you can defend.
“I was pretty happy with the boys in the field — I thought we bowled well — but we need to apply ourselves when it is our turn to bat.”
Barnawartha-Chiltern travels to Kiewa to play another team smarting after losing a game it would have expected to win first up.
Price said the return of Hartshorn and Andrew Dishot would boost the team’s chances today.
“Chris was our leading run-getter last year and second highest wicket-taker, so his inclusion is a big in for us,” he said.
“But we all have to lift after the performance against Eskdale.
“There were some good scores in the B grade up at Kiewa in the first week so we are expecting it will be a decent pitch.”
Kiewa captain Shane Streeter said his team, too, was looking to get points on the board.
“We under-performed against Bethanga — we knew we were probably 100 runs short of where we wanted to be before the match,” he said.
“If we can bat out 70 overs, we will get a score that we can defend — and most likely win.
“Even after batting poorly against Bethanga, we were still half a chance of winning the game when we had them nine down and still needing the best part of 20 runs.
“But we need to get a win and we need to start well this weekend.”