BRUCK skipper Adam McNamara says his side has turned the corner and is ready to launch a serious assault on the Wangaratta and District Cricket Association premiership.
The 2010-2011 premier is just six wickets shy of victory against Rovers United at W.J. Findlay Oval today, a win that would see seventh-placed Bruck put pressure on the top four.
McNamara is confident the sleeping giant has awoken after it made 8-225 last week and then took four late wickets to have Rovers spluttering at 4-18.
“I said to the guys before the game on Saturday that it’s pretty disappointing where we are on the ladder,” McNamara said.
“We’ve got a pretty handy side so hopefully Saturday was a bit of a stepping stone for us to move our way up.
“We’ve got Whorouly and Beechworth in our next two games before Christmas so if we can win both of those we’ll be back on track a little bit.”
Bruck will have to win this match without two veterans today — McNamara and Vance Curran are unavailable — but another returns in Mark Higgs.
For Rovers, Rodney Jackson (five) resumes at the crease with Callum Nankervis (three).
Bruck used only three bowlers last week — Jon Hyde, Alex Marklew and Dylan Wilson — with Hyde and Marklew getting four wickets between them.
McNamara is confident his bowlers can back up the performance.
“The bowlers have done a pretty good job this year,” McNamara said.
“Hydey and Alex have been bowling really well.
“We are in a pretty good position at the moment.
“The pitch is pretty hard to bat on, it was good to get a few runs and a few wickets last week.”
McNamara said he had never seen a younger Rovers side.
“A few of us said before the game that we didn’t know any faces,” he said.
In other games, City Colts are chasing 173 for victory at Beechworth; Wangaratta Magpies are 1-10 chasing 180 for victory at home against Whorouly; Corowa is 0-26 in reply to Rutherglen United’s 171 at Barkly Park and Yarrawonga-Mulwala already has first innings points at Myrtleford.