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Laidley on rebound for clash against Centrals

WELCOME BACK: English import Alex Welsh (bowling) returns to strengthen Laidley this weekend.
WELCOME BACK: English import Alex Welsh (bowling) returns to strengthen Laidley this weekend. Rob Williams

LAIDLEY gets the chance to put last week's thrashing by Northsiders behind them when they meet Central Districts at Marsh Mark Oval in a one-day clash today.

"It's probably a bad thing," Centrals batsman Wayne Jones said of the prospect of facing Laidley following their first defeat of the season.

"They will want to get back on the winners list straight away.

"They're in fine form and playing really well."

Laidley skipper Chris Wilson didn't think there would be any lasting scars on his own teammates from the loss.

"We talked about it after the game for a while and put it down to one-of-those-days," Wilson said.

"We put it behind us.

"We just didn't get that one partnership we needed. And some of our guys probably played at balls they shouldn't have.

"We should have a lot stronger side on the paddock this week."

Wilson believes the loss may have provided some valuable lessons that will make the Blue Dogs harder to beat in future.

"You can learn a lot more from losses than wins," he said.

"In the long run, hopefully it won't be too bad."

The loss also showed the Blue Dogs can't always rely on the mercurial talents of Michael Sippel, who had his first failure with the bat in more than a month.

Centrals are almost at full strength and boast, in opener Suny Manghera, the one player who can rival Sippel for batting form. Manghera's form has coincided with an elevation to opener, pushing Jones down the order to number six.

"It means I can help the middle order out," the diminutive veteran said.

"I'm happy there and Suny is in great form. He really is an opener at heart."

Jones believes a few of his teammates will have to reach Manghera's high standards if they are to beat a Laidley team welcoming back 2010-11 player of the year Alex Welsh.

"We haven't hit top form," Jones said.

"Our batting has been good but our bowling has been a bit sus.

"We've bowled too many wides, which is not healthy. You can't afford to give them extra overs."

He is confident his team will rise to the challenge as it fights to retain second spot on the one-day ladder ahead of the Blue Dogs.

"We want to see how good we are and I'm sure they'll want to bounce back," Jones said.

"Like Northsiders, Laidley might put a bit of pressure on us to perform.

"It could be a glimpse of the one-day final."

In the weekend's other Premier League one-day matches, Northsiders host Swifts at Jensen Oval and Taipans welcome Alberton to Bruce Raleigh Oval.

State of play

Premier League ladder: Laidley 89.32, Brothers 84.17, Centrals 52.56, Northsiders 41.83, Swifts 31.88, Taipans 24.06, Alberton 6.74.

One-day ladder: Northsiders 35, Centrals 26, Laidley 20, Brothers 17, Swifts 8, Alberton 0, Taipans 0.

Topics:  central districts, cricket, laidley blue dogs, marsh mark oval


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