Cricketers keen to return to action
THIS weekend it is back to A-grade cricket, with teams starting round two of the PFD Cup today.
The four local sides will return to the Kalka fields after last weekend's second day of the first round was washed out.
In round one of the competition Frenchville stole the top position by defeating Gracemere, while the Norths and Brothers sides were forced to settle for the draw in the other match.
Recent rain appears to be a positive sign for bowlers, with Brothers' Les Berryman sure wickets will work in their favour.
"They should be good. If bowlers bowl good lines it should work to their advantage," he said.
"We have plenty of bowlers and this rain should be good for seamers."
Today Brothers will take on a champion Frenchville side, with Berryman confident his players can cause an upset.
"We are confident. You have to go in confident or else you will just get flogged," he said.
"Over the past seven years the Frenchville side has proven that if they play to their potential they will be strong, but we won't make it a walk in the park."
Brothers will be boosted by the inclusion of all-rounder Wes Barry and paceman Scott Mansfield, after the pair missed round one a fortnight ago.
Barry, the team's most consistent batsman last season, will slot back into the line-up, hoping to be a huge benefit to the side.
"Wes is a good all-rounder. He is capable of making a few good runs when we need it," Berryman said yesterday.
"We will also be looking towards Jason Batchelor and captain Murray Harch with both the bat and ball."
In his round-one outing in the PFD Cup Berryman caused havoc in Norths top order on his way to bagging three wickets.
"I did all right on my slow donkey-drop off-spin," he laughed.
With only two rounds left until finals, Brothers are ready to improve on last year's wooden spoon status.
"We came last, last season. We have definitely improved," Berryman said.
"We are hoping to make semis, with our eyes set on the second-place standing."
"If we are ranked third heading into finals we have the chance of rain ruining our shot."
First day, starting noon today
Brothers v Frenchville-Kalka 1
Gracemere v Norths- Kalka 5
Games conclude next weekend.