Grand final hopes rest on early wickets

THE grand final fate of Taroom-Wandoan Cricket Club is in the hands of openers Jeff Capell and Steve Newton.

Capell said the two openers held the key to victory for his side which would take on Jandowae in Saturday's Chinchilla and District Cricket Association Premiership decider in Chinchilla.

Capell said batting had let down the side in recent games, with the middle order seeming to collapse if the top three fall cheaply.

“The openers need to stay in and take the shine off the ball,” he said.

“The top order needs to make a stand.

“We've got to do the job,” Capell said.

The opener said all of the team needed to contribute in different ways, especially as the side will be without captain and all-rounder Cameron Phillips.

Capell said Jandowae were a similar side which could collapse if early wickets were taken.

“Both sides will use similar strategy.

“Whoever gets early wickets will win.”

He said Taroom-Wandoan frontline bowler Don Lethbridge had to tie down Jandowae's batsmen or take early wickets. The opener nominated Michael Gall and Cameron McGuire as key wickets for Taroom.

Capell said Jandowae's main spearhead was young bowler Paul Kruger, whom he and Newton had to see off before the middle order could take advantage.

Taroom-Wandoan are defending champions, but had their first loss at home in two seasons in a massive upset at the hands of an undermanned Jandowae last month.

In that game, Jandowae, with only nine players, bundled out Taroom for just 114, with only Brad Wheller (25) and number 10 batsman Scott Tennyson (18) showing any resistance in a poor batting display.

Adrian Myring (4/35) and Andrew Nauschutz (2/30) were the destroyers, tearing through Taroom's brittle batting.

Jandowae, despite some fight from the Taroom bowlers, won by five wickets.

The top order needs to make a stand

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