Taipans poised to reel in target to sound warning
EASTERN Taipans captain Nathan Fisher hopes a win over Swifts today will earn his team some of the respect lost following the off-season exodus of some of the club's big name players.
The Taipans go into day two of the match in a strong position needing just 56 runs to grab first innings points, which would be the club's first competition points of the Premier League season.
Fisher said the key to dropping a perceived "easybeats" tag was to play "good team cricket", something the Taipans did well last weekend to bundle Swifts out for just 109.
"We bowled really good lines and we backed that up in the field and took some really good catches," Fisher said.
"It's pleasing to see that what we've been saying about the players we have being able to do the job is now showing through.
"If we can all put individually but more importantly come together as a team then we'll show everybody we aren't going to be as easy to beat as they think.
"I'd be extremely disappointed if we can't knock off the 50-odd we need to win.
"If we can get the first innings win early, we'll definitely chase an outright win."
The key to Taipans' solid form is a "team first" philosophy that begins with a solid effort in the field.
Fisher said both old and new players to the club were backing up their bowlers with solid fielding efforts.
"If you can get rid of players early by taking good catches, then it puts you on the front foot straight away," he said.
"Thommo (Dan Thompson) is good in the field and so is Toddy (Todd Turner) who has also been looking good in the nets.
"Thommo took some great catches in the field and that just built the confidence of the whole team.
"Toddy played for us a few seasons ago and now he's back from overseas and we're hoping he has plenty of runs in him as well.
"All round it was a good fielding and bowling effort and now we have to back it up with the bat."
Taipans resume this morning at 3-54 but have plenty of batting to come including impressive left-hander Andrew Doyle.
"We bat very deep so I'm backing us to get the points," Fisher said.
"If we can get a win, there'll still be knockers that say it was only against Swifts.
"But we aren't really worried what anyone else thinks, we will just keep working on being the best team we can be."
Ipswich Logan Premier League
Round 4, day 2
Centrals v Brothers at Mark Marsh Oval.
- Taipans v Swifts at Strollers.
- Alberton v Laidley at Eagleby.