RSL-Colts captain Chris Morton has called on his squad to step up and carry the load ahead of its two-day clash against South Dubbo, which starts at No.1 Oval on Saturday.
With all-rounder Greg Buckley and wicket-keeper batsman Jason Ryan both on duty with the Western Zone squad at Wagga Wagga, Morton said it was crucial others do their bit to cover for the absence of the in-form duo.
Colts will go into the match as heavy favourites to defeat Souths, who are yet to win a game in 2012/13 but the RSL skipper believes there is no room for complacency among his players.
“We’ve got three guys out this week with Greg and Jason on rep duty and Matt Saul on holidays,” Morton said.
“The first two have carried a lot of the batting load for us so far and Greg has doubled up with the ball, as has Sauly.
“We need a few of the other boys to take up the load this week because we are missing some form players.”
For the first time in seven seasons, Colts aren’t carrying the load of being defending Whitney Cup premiers.
But they haven’t lost their hunger for success, tasting defeat just once so far this season and coming off a last-start win over last year’s grand final conqueror Rugby.
With rain in the air over the past few days, Morton is keen to win the toss and build on a good bowling performance from last week.
“Against Rugby our bowling was the best it has been this year,” Morton said.
“The boys did a really good job and I’d like to think I can win the toss on Saturday and send Souths in because the covers haven’t been on the wickets and it will be difficult.
“They have guys like Tim Berry and Michael Daly that could be hard to handle on a wet deck so the idea is to definitely have first use with the ball and get them on the back foot.”