Spiders back with the bat

SCOTT Montgomery is hoping Howlong’s batting has turned the corner.

The Spiders earned the right to play Yackandandah in a sudden death final after running down reigning premiers Mount Beauty at the top of the Kiewa Valley last week.

Howlong reeled in the Power’s 201 with six overs remaining.

Montgomery said it was an even contribution down the order.

“We were able to get the runs without Josh Warren-Marmo getting off the mark,” he said.

“All year we have been struggling to bat out the 70 overs but last Saturday we got the runs and were probably looking at scoring 230.

“And that is what we will have to do again.

“If we can set a defendable target we have the bowling attack to win the game or do a bit of damage if we bowl first.

“But Yackandandah has been the benchmark all year — Mick Walker is a danger with the bat and ball, while Jack Best and Graeme Martin have also been in good touch with the bat.”

Montgomery said he wasn’t reading too much into the weather forecast.

“I think they have scal- ed back the rain a couple of times already this week,” he said.

“It might rain but then again it might be that we play through the weekend without interruption.

“I haven’t played at Yackandandah for five years so I’m not sure what to expect out of the pitch.

“It has a reputation for having a bit of grass, being a bit slow, but so does our home ground.”

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