Tigers’ top order needs to fire in pursuit of big target

RUN MACHINE: Jordan Peacock at the crease for Dubbo last Saturday. The in-form opener will be a key for Newtown this weekend.
RUN MACHINE: Jordan Peacock at the crease for Dubbo last Saturday. The in-form opener will be a key for Newtown this weekend.

Nullifying the twin threats of Daniel Medway and Angus Cusack will be high on the agenda when Newtown takes to the crease on day two of their RSL-Whitney Cup clash with Macquarie on Saturday.

Thanks to the unbeaten 142 scored by Daniel Medway last Saturday, the Tigers will take to No.2 Oval needing 324 for victory.

And they may be forced to chase down the target without skipper Mat Skinner, who suffered a knee injury playing soccer on Thursday evening.

It means more pressure will be placed on the likes of Dan Holland, Wayne Dunlop and Jordan Peacock, but Skinner is confident his troops can still make a fist of the chase.

“Depending on the game situation I may not bat, or if I do I suppose it gives an excuse to try and hit out and not do much running,” he said.

“We’re going to need one of our top order guys to stand up and make a big score, like Dan Medway did for them last week, if we’re going to chase it.

“But we have guys that can do it so I still rate our chances. Jordy Peacock and ‘Dunners’ can make big scores and we need others to bat around them.

“A lot of Macquarie’s bowling will revolve around Medway and also Angus Cusack so we’ll try to rotate strike and nullify the damage they do, and then look to target their other bowlers.”