Centrals all-rounder Nick Vellacott did his job with the ball against Strollers/Raiders last week. Today he may get the chance with the bat in an evenly poised game.
Centrals all-rounder Nick Vellacott did his job with the ball against Strollers/Raiders last week. Today he may get the chance with the bat in an evenly poised game. David Nielsen

Centrals eye upset win

CENTRAL Districts may be out of the finals running but they could yet post a return on their 2010-11 season investment against Strollers/Raiders at Mark Marsh Oval today.

Centrals are in a strong position at 0-62 in reply to Strollers/Raiders’ 241.

Openers Wayne Jones (27no) and Jason Verrall (29no) resume today and Centrals hope their rock-solid top-order can get them to within sight of victory. “We’ll play our own game,” Centrals captain Jason Verrall said.

“If they bowl a bad ball, we need to put it away.

“We’ll try not to lose early wickets in the first hour.”

Strollers/Raiders skipper Craig Cumming did not bowl last weekend following his inspired 113, but Verrall expects him to be firing from the start today.

Getting through Cumming, fellow quick Mark Lehmann and spinner Glen Lauchlan, who enjoyed success with the ball last time the two teams met, will go a long way to giving Centrals an upset win.

While they have the ability to do so, learning how to win the tight games is proving elusive.

Yet despite their obvious ability, Centrals are yet to make the transition to a consistently successful side.

“It is disappointing but we are progressing very well,” Verrall said. “We’ve been competitive nearly every match this season.

“We’ve just got to learn how to win in the tight situations.

“Our opening bowlers Nick (Vellacott) and Rhys (O’Sullivan) are both 19.

“We’re just lacking that one other strike bowler to bowl a good long spell in a day.

“We’ve got teams on the rope but just can’t put them away. If we held our catches or things went our way in a few matches, it could have been a different season.

“We are putting it together now and hopefully we can keep the same sort of team next season and in future.”

Meanwhile, Northsiders are in pursuit of quick wickets as they chase an outright win over Swifts at Bob Jensen Oval. Swifts resume at 5-95, chasing Northsiders 7-270 declared.

Swifts’ total was based around Shane Jackwitz’s 56 not out, though Jackwitz is unavailable to play this weekend.

An outright win would put Northsiders close to top spot on the ladder, even if first place Laidley beat Brothers on the first innings.

Laidley resumes at 1-33 chasing Brothers’ 134 at Ivor Marsden 2.



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