Cricket: Lake Mac go all-out attack in new Regional Bash rivalry RIVALRY: Lake Mac Attack captain Adrian Chad and Newcastle Blasters wicketkeeper Ben Balcomb at Waratah Oval on Friday. Picture: Josh Callinan
RIVALRY: Lake Mac Attack captain Adrian Chad and Newcastle Blasters wicketkeeper Ben Balcomb at Waratah Oval on Friday. Picture: Josh Callinan
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“We’ve got it all to play for and I think all the guys are really keen for it. Hopefully we can put on a good showingand go through.”
Following a disrupted fortnight with uniform delays and washed out fixtures,Lake Mac mustdefeat the now out-of-contention title holdersthis weekend in order to draw level with unbeaten pool leaders Central Coast Rush.
Top spot would then be decided on net run rate, calculated on both runs scored and conceded as well as overs faced and bowled.
Central Coast, who accounted for both Newcastle and the Hunter Hitmen at Harker Oval on Sunday, have a net run rate of 1.63.
Lake Mac, who also eased past Hunter, are sitting at 1.44.
This means the Attack need to improve their net run rate by at least 0.2 in the upcoming T20 encounter.
“I don’t think it [the equation]really changes our tactics too much because we were always going in to win and win well, we neverplay to just get across the line,” Chad said.“We’ll be playing the same sort of cricket –looking to be aggressive with both bat and ball, doing the simple things right and hopefully come out on top.”
Thiswill be the first time the Attack and Blasters have played against each other.
“It would be nice as the new kids on the block to maybe dethrone the victors from last year,” Chad said.
“But we just see it [two teams in Regional Bash] as an opportunity for guys from an extended group to put their best foot forward for things down the track like NSW Country Championships and the [Newcastle] Steel.”
Lake Mac pairMatt Willett and Dan Bailey were part of Newcastle’sgrand final XI last year.
Elsewhere and Coffs Coast have already advanced to the semis while 2016-17 champions the Orana Outlaws, Illawarra Flames and Central West Wranglers meet in Bathurst this weekend.
The Sloggers host the ACT Aces, Border Bullets and Murrumbidgee Rangers in Wagga Wagga on October 27 and 28.
Finals day at the SCG is scheduled for December 2.
LAKE MAC ATTACK: Adrian Chad (c), Daniel Arms, Matthew Bench, Daniel Bailey, Rahul Bakshi, Aaron Bills, Daniel Chillingworth, Jed Dickson, Ryan Fenning, Griffin Lea, Nick Watkins, Matthew Willett, Dylan Robertson.
NEWCASTLE BLASTERS: Nathan Price (c), Brad Aldous, Ben Balcomb, Zac McGuigan, Josh Claridge, Jonty Durrheim, Nick Foster, Josh Geary, Rhys Hanlon, Nathan Hudson, Peter Lojszczyk, Jacob Montgomery, Toby Gray.