Skipper backs Redbacks to find top form

Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times

Hay Park and Marist will put their Twenty20 finals chances on the line on Saturday morning when they meet at Hay Park.

The Redbacks were forced to settle for a draw with Dalyellup Beach due to poor pitch conditions, before they were handed a hefty defeat by Eaton in the afternoon.

Marist suffered a tough loss to Dalyellup Beach on the same day and a loss in round three could spell the end of their campaign.

Hay Park has recruited well in the off-season, adding Nottinghamshire County Academy batsman Charlie Home as well as WA Country all-rounder Patrick Butler and Fijian under-19 bowler Jack Charters.

With captain Jono Whitney and fellow WA Country star Ashley Sbizzirri in their side, the Redbacks have a powerful batting line-up which failed to produce the goods on Saturday, scoring just 97 runs from their 20 overs.

Whitney said despite the loss he was pleased with his team’s efforts.

“We have a lot of new faces who are trying to find their feet,” he said.

“It was good to have those new guys get a good run in.

“We weren’t too disappointed.”

Whitney said he backed his team against anyone but knows Marist and Collie would be tough opponents on Saturday.

“Collie have re-entered the competition and will be looking to make a statement,” he said.

“We always have good contests against Marist and I am expecting the same on Saturday.

“We do not focus too much on the opposition.”

The Redbacks will have the home turf advantage, playing both of their games on the first deck at Hay Park.

“Considering the time of year, the pitches at Hay Park were exceptional,” he said.

“It is good to bat on. It didn’t (the ball) do a lot at the weekend.

“You can hit through the line really.”

The Blues will host Leschenault in the afternoon game at Forrest Park North, while Collie will open the day with a tough contest against Eaton at the Eaton Sports Ground.

Colts will look to keep their undefeated season alive with a game against Dalyellup Beach at the Recreation Ground before having the bye in the afternoon.

The Settlers will finish the day by hosting Eaton at the Dalyellup College providing the pitch is playable.

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