Cricket: Bassendean hopes to recover from slow start

Bassendean Cricket Club's Simon Duca, Nicholas Brenchley and David Morris.
Bassendean Cricket Club's Simon Duca, Nicholas Brenchley and David Morris.

BASSENDEAN Cricket Club first team vice-captain Simon Duca says his team is looking to recover from a slow start to the West Australian Suburban Turf Cricket Association second grade season.

Bassendean sit bottom of the ladder with one win and three losses and face Doubleview Carine on Saturday.

The two teams faced off on November 19 in the one-day series where Bassendean came away with the win.

Duca said this weekend’s match was a “must-win” in order for the team to stay in top four and finals contention.

“The team is slightly bereft of confidence at the moment in terms of our on-field performance but the spirit amongst the group is still strong,” he said.

“We are hoping that our fortunes turn around soon starting this week versus Doubleview-Carine at Monyash Reserve.

“If we lost the season is by no means over, but we want to get back in the winners’ book and that will lift the teams’ confidence going forward.”

Duca said the main issue was the team’s batting partnerships and inability to post a good score.

“Going forward we need to see more application from our batsman and that they are prepared to bat for long time and avoid playing loose shots,” he said.

“So far we have only had one batsman make a half century this season and it isn’t enough if we are to be a highly competitive team…Ian Huntley has been the form batsman of the season so far.

“Our bowling has been a little bit better, but there is still great room for improvement.”

He said one of the highlights of the season was club legend Michael Seagar reaching 400 games in the ninth grade and becoming the club’s games record holder.