Blue Dogs have sniff of treble glory after latest win

Craig Jesberg seen here bowling for Laidley against Eastern Taipans.
Craig Jesberg seen here bowling for Laidley against Eastern Taipans. David Nielsen

LAIDLEY has edged closer to achieving an impressive feat after beating Brothers in their Twenty20 clash at Mark Marsh Oval on Monday.

The Blue Dogs are already assured of a semi-final berth in the two-day competition, have qualified for the one-day final and are one win away from a guaranteed spot in the Twenty20 semi-final series.

"We're pretty assured of finals in all three comps, which is pretty good I guess," Blue Dogs skipper Chris Wilson said.

"There's a lot of different factors.

"We've got a pretty settled side this season.

"We've only used 13 or 14 players.

"Jezza (club coach Craig Jesberg) is another big influence.

"He's brought a lot of professionalism to the club."

On Monday Laidley batted first and reached 138, with Dan Wilson making 30 and Frank Neser 25 not out.

"We try and stagger the batting order," Wilson said.

"So there is one guy to work the strike over and one more aggressive batter."

Batting deep also helps.

"We've got so many all-rounders, with Mick (Sippel), Welshy, Dan and Anthony (Wilson)," the skipper said.

"We bat all the way to 11."

It was a good score on a wicket that is gaining renown as a "raging turner".

Laidley, with tweakers Alex Welsh, Byron Cubit, Jack Wood and Dan Wilson, were in a perfect position to exploit it and Brothers could only manage 97 in reply.

"We've played a few games now and field three or four spinners every game," Wilson said.

"It takes a lot of turn.

"It's hard for the new batsmen to score runs when the wicket's turning."

Topics:  chris wilson, craig jesberg, laidley blue dogs, mark marsh oval, twenty20 cricket



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