Shamrocks keen to play two-day game

WESTBURY'S top-order batsmen are keen to get into the two-day format for the first time this season against George Town at Shaws Oval starting tomorrow.

Shamrocks coach Adrian Tudor said the undefeated NTCA ladder leaders were keen to focus on batting for longer periods of time and building partnerships.

``It's a game we're looking forward to purely because they are playing the Greater Northern Cup final the day after - something we're not in - so we're keen to do well against them,'' Tudor said.

``I know all of my top order are looking for big scores.''

``Jonathan Chapman and Wes Ripper could be in doubt and all of our private school cricketers have school commitments so we won't be at full strength.

`` But we've managed to fill holes this season and I'm sure whoever comes up will be able to do the job for us.''

GEORGE TOWN coach Rohan Pooley said it was a tough fixture for his team as it tries to cement its spot in the top four.

``We need to be at our best to compete against Westbury and to push for our spot in the top four with Riverside and Launceston chasing us - but we're looking forward to the challenge,'' Pooley said.

Pooley said he didn't expect state under-19 representative Gabe Bell to be available with a question mark also over the experienced Scott Driessen whose wife is due to deliver the couple's second child this weekend.

Pooley was happy with the Saints' form in last week's loss to South, missing two of its bowlers, but said there was room for improvement especially in the field where they dropped Chris Hay and Mackenzie Barker who both went on to big scores.

MOWBRAY and SOUTH LAUNCESTON clash in a memorial match in honour of former coach and curator Ian Young at Invermay Park.

South Launceston coach Ben Austen was hoping for a more competitive performance than when his side was bundled out for 80 the last time they met in a one-day game.

Austen said he hoped his side had improved and could show better form.

``They exposed us last time and we'd certainly be looking at a better effort this time around,'' he said.

South will be without Casey Young who is in New Zealand and Nathan Philip will be unavailable in the second week with Tasmanian second XI duties.

Austen said his bowling attack had been good but was yet to hit its best form.

Eagles coach Clinton Reid said his side was looking forward to two-day cricket and expected a tougher contest this time.

``They've got a young and talented batting line-up and I'm sure will improve on their last performance and two-day cricket is a different story,'' he said.

``Whoever adjusts the quickest on Saturday will set themselves up.''

James Storay is set to return from state duties to boost the Mowbray attack.

RIVERSIDE plays Launceston at the NTCA Ground with both sides looking for more consistency from their batting line-ups.

Blues captain Rob Artis said their batting let them down again last week, which had been an ongoing problem during the season.

``We're working hard to improve it and hopefully we can get some result this week and we're looking forward to some two-day stuff now,'' he said.

Artis said his attack would be boosted by the return of strike bowler Alex Saunders after a few seasons studying and playing in Hobart.

Matthew Shipp will miss with injury.

LAUNCESTON captain Rowan Smith said he was looking for improvement on last week's effort with the bat.

Smith was hopeful batsman James Whiteley would return to the line-up.fu15166pt UNIV INTO HELIOS; Starts in UNIV, breakback goes to helios, loops on breakbacks.NTCA ROUND 13 TWO-DAY GAMES 

 Mowbray v South Launceston

Westbury v George Town

Launceston v Riverside

 George Town's Scott Simmons in action last week in his side's loss to South Launceston. Tomorrow the Saints take on Westbury.

George Town's Scott Simmons in action last week in his side's loss to South Launceston. Tomorrow the Saints take on Westbury.


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