It’s business time for Tallangatta as Cricket Albury Wodonga’s Provincial one-day competition gets under way this weekend.
Bushrangers captain-coach Matt Armstrong admitted the side treated last weekend’s two T20 fixtures as practice matches and are itching to get into the season proper against East Albury at Gillespie Oval on Saturday.
“It’s totally different cricket, we’ll take our positives out of that as we played some juniors and had them bat high in the order and bowled everybody their allocated overs,” Armstrong said.
“We use the T20s more as trial matches than competition for points, but we still tried to win them.
“We got into the last over in both games and lost them both, which was a bit disappointing, but there was still plenty of positives and we’re not too fussed about the T20s.”
Star import Sahib Malhotra is a huge inclusion, along with the experienced Greg McGillivray.
“He (Malhotra) was close to our leading run-scorer and one our highest wicket-takers and only played half a season,” Armstrong said.
“He got here on Wednesday and will be big for us.
We had training last (Thursday) night and he hit a couple of 120-metre sixes out of the nets, so he’s still seeing them OK.”
Armstrong said the Crows will be a tough opponent.
“They’ve got some good all-rounders and they’ve got a bit of youth, but the young guys they’ve got have got some experience,” he admitted.
“They haven’t got a heap of first-gamers, they’ve all played provincial cricket before and they should have plenty of energy.
“I guess we play an aggressive brand of cricket and try to bully whoever we play a little bit these days.”
“We’ll stick to our brand and hopefully it stacks up OK.”
In the weekend’s remaining games, defending premiers Lavington host St Pats, New City takes on North Albury, Wodonga Raiders meet crosstown rivals Wodonga, while Albury squares off with Belvoir.
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