The Deni Rhinos will return to the pitch tomorrow when they host bottom side Finley for day one of their Murray Valley Cricket Association round 10 match at Memorial Park.
After last week’s washout, causing the Rhinos to settle for a draw against Cobram-Yarroweyah United, the Deni side will be looking to secure a first innings win quickly.
Despite their far superior ladder position, with his side sitting third, Deni coach John Arthur expects the two-day clash to be quite interesting.
‘‘Both sides have essentially had a week off from cricket with last week’s rain, so it’ll affect us all.
‘‘We fell to 3/3 early against CYU which will give Finley a huge boost of confidence.
‘‘We’ll need to get back to the basics this week and ease our way in when batting.
‘‘We want the top order to get a decent amount of time at the crease.’’
One player who will look to fire is Rhinos’ import Zeniffe Fowler, who has struggled at home with returns of zero and one from his two innings at Memorial Park.
‘‘Zeniffe will be hungry for runs after last week,’’ Arthur said.
‘‘The beauty of cricket is that you could be one innings away from scoring a century no matter how few runs you scored the week before.
‘‘We’ll need blokes like Zeniffe, Dean Edge and Ash Germano to settle things at the top order.
‘‘No team can afford to lose early wickets so I’d expect they will bounce back.’’
When looking at the opposition’s biggest threat, one name comes to mind for Arthur.
‘‘Russell Stockdale is a really handy above speed leg spinner,’’ he said.
‘‘He fires the ball in with plenty of turn and can be difficult to bat against.
‘‘He’s also a big hitter with the bat.
‘‘Stockdale generally looks to go at a run a ball minimum so if we can knock him over early before he gets his eye in then that will set us up well.
‘‘Andrew Hogan, Dylan Rotherham and Anthony Bradley have been impressive with the ball in recent weeks so if they can keep that up we should do well at containing the Cats.
‘‘But we’ll need to pick up on our fielding if we want to get wickets.
‘‘We had a strong start to the year in the field and it’s dropped off a bit.’’
The Rhinos’ Division One side will also be at home when they take on Barooga tomorrow.
In the Under 14s, the undefeated Rhinos will also host the Hawks for day one of their two-day match tomorrow.