RSL-Whitney Cup 2017/18: Bower urges South Dubbo to cut out the bad balls against Macquarie

TOP FORM: Ed Haylock, coming off a massive hundred last week, is one of a number of in-form batsmen set to face South Dubbo this weekend. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS
TOP FORM: Ed Haylock, coming off a massive hundred last week, is one of a number of in-form batsmen set to face South Dubbo this weekend. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS

Macquarie’s batting line-up has been far and away the best in the RSL-Whitney Cup this season.

The Blues have scored 201 more runs than the next best side, Rugby, and three players have already scored centuries in first grade this summer.

On Saturday, South Dubbo takes on a Blues side which has been pummelling attacks in the opening three rounds and captain Mitch Bower said his side will be taking a fairly simple approach.

“We haven’t bought into what they’re doing too much but they’ve got a strong batting lineup and you can see that in the first few games,” he said before the game at No. 2 Oval.

“That’s something we’ve got to focus on and we’ve just got to bowl well and have the right line and length.

“We can’t give them too many bad balls because that’s what they’ve been getting and they’re good at hitting them to the fence.”

Macquarie’s Ed Haylock and Ricky Medway both scored centuries in last weekend’s massive win over Rugby while Dan Medway reached triple figures in round one.

We can’t give them too many bad balls because that’s what they’ve been getting and they’re good at hitting them to the fence.

Mitch Bower

South Dubbo has had a mixed start to the season with a strong win over RSL-Colts followed by a loss to Rugby and then a rain-enforced draw with CYMS.

Currently sitting in fourth, Bower said he’s got no concerns over his side’s form and expects the Hornets to climb the ladder in the coming weeks and months.

“We’re playing good cricket. We beat Colts and then we should have beat Rugby, we had them on the ropes, and we’re not far out of it so I’m confident we’ll still be a force and a good side this season,” he said.

Souths, along with RSL-Colts, has been hit hardest by the busy representative schedule early in the season and Bower, Will Lindsay and Henry Railz have missed plenty of club games.

While it has affected consistency on game days, one of the real positives has been the development Railz has undergone.

The young all-rounder has “come on in leaps and bounds” this season, according to Bower, and was one of the better players at the Country Championships northern pool carnival in what was his senior Western Zone debut.

“He’s grown up and got a bit bigger and stronger and he’s matured too,” Bower said.

“He’s playing good cricket and he’s one of our top players so we look to him.

“He’s the kind of player who sets an example by the way he plays.”

Play starts at 1pm.