Power trip will not intimidate Spiders

HOWLONG captain Scott Montgomery believes the road trip to the upper Kiewa Valley holds no fear for the Spiders.

The qualifying final clash is a replay of the low-scoring affair between Howlong and Mount Beauty in round two almost five months ago.

On a less than perfect wicket, the Power bowled the Spiders out cheaply before a six-wicket haul for Curtis Biggs delivered the home team an unlikely victory.

“Mount Beauty has one of the most dangerous batting line-ups in the competition,” Montgomery said.

“The key wickets will be (Ashan) Ranaweera and (Sam) Drury, but there are plenty of others that pose a danger and they are a pretty handy bowling unit.

“But the pitch is traditionally a pretty good deck and if it is even on both days I’d expect it will be a pretty good contest.”

The Spiders are coming off a solid win over Barnawartha-Chiltern, where Josh Warren-Marmo (57) and Curtis Biggs (54) did the damage with the bat.

Montgomery expects the pair to be the key to his team’s performance today and tomorrow.

“Marmo is a gun bat and is close to our top scorer after only five games with the club,” he said.

“Biggs is one of the quickest bowlers in the competition and he showed last week he can bat a bit too.

“Pete Hancock is another who has a bag of wickets this year — he just hits a spot, moves the ball both ways and batsmen tend to think he is easy to hit.”