One-day form key to Belvoir hopes

BELVOIR will look for history to repeat itself when it takes on North Albury in a one-dayer today.

The Kelly Park XI started the season with four wins in a row including a demolition of their opponents today.

But that was the last win of the summer for Belvoir who travel to Bunton Park looking to get back on the winners’ list.

Captain Ryan McNeil said with four wins under their belt before Christmas they have already eclipsed their previous summer’s record.

“Last year we only won three games, and this year we won our first four,” McNeil said.

“We had a downer against Lavington where we didn’t make enough runs and the St Pats one we weren’t good enough.

“Then against East Albury we just didn’t have enough runs on the board.

“We’ve had a bit of a rough trot over the past couple of weeks and lost a couple, so hopefully we can now regroup and get a win and go into the Christmas break on a high which would be good.”

However McNeil was careful not to disrespect the Hoppers, saying it was up to the bowlers to turn the match in Belvoir’s favour.

“The North Albury ground is a good wicket and has a very fast outfield, so it’s the bowlers job to really contain the batsmen,” he said.

McNeil said that while his team has struggled in the two-day matches this season, their one-day form has been solid.

“We’ve struggled to bat 80 overs in the two-day cricket, so I think until we can bat out the overs we’ll struggle,” McNeil said.

“Our one day cricket has been pretty good so far, so it would be nice to continue that form.”

Meanwhile ladder leader Tallangatta is refusing to get ahead of itself as it takes on New City at Urana Road Oval later today.

Bushies captain Mat Armstrong said that it was vital Tallangatta focus on its own game plan.

“We’ll probably approach this game a bit more cautiously than we have done,” he said.

“We play an aggressive brand of cricket and quite deliberately get on top of teams with the bat and ball and stamp our authority.

“But this is one that I’d say we’re probably expected to win like we have been, so I’ll be putting pressure on the guys to make sure that they’re switched on and don’t get ahead of themselves.

“New City have a lot of good one-day players, guys who are really experienced campaigners, so the key will be not to underestimate them.”

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