Dogs’ best is yet to come: bowler

INJURED Wodonga quick Brendan Klein-Boonschate believes the Bulldogs’ best cricket is still ahead of them.

Despite sitting in third spot on the Cricket Albury-Wodonga ladder with an 8-3 win-loss ratio, the Lavington premiership player said yesterday the team was yet to hit top gear.

“We probably haven’t played an entire game at our best quality with everyone performing,” Klein-Boonschate said.

“It’s a bit ominous for other teams that we are still winning games.

“I don’t think we are at 100 per cent yet.

“Hopefully that happens when we hit finals.”

Klein-Boonschate remains unsure whether he will play any role in Wodonga’s finals campaign.

Since first feeling soreness in his lower back against St Patrick’s on November 9, the paceman has battled to shrug off the complaint.

He was yesterday cleared of stress fractures.

He hasn’t played since bowling nine overs against Tallangatta on January 11.

“I didn’t think about it too much at the start, but it wasn’t going away and was just lingering,” he said.

“It’s something we will just have to weigh up.”

Klein-Boonschate, who crossed to Wodonga with James Tonkin this season after playing in Lavington’s premiership last year, said it had been a bitter pill to swallow.

He has taken nine wickets at 28.89.

“It’s been tough,” he said.

“I have found it hard not being a part of it.

“It hasn’t been my best year with my back and other niggles, but I’m trying to stay involved and do what I can.

“We have spoken about doing coaching or mentoring with the bowling group if I can’t get back.

“I’ll do anything I can to help.”

Wodonga has managed to cover the absence of Klein-Boonschate mainly through the consistent form of Byron Hales and the availability of James Saker.

Saker has managed to successfully juggle with his Ovens and Murray football commitments with Lavington while Tonkin is proving the surprise packet with 19 wickets with his spin.

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