Molong players forced to bail out

THE necessary rescheduling of last Friday’s Royal Hotel Cup Super Sixes games to tonight could potentially throw Molong’s Twenty20 campaign into disarray.

Last Friday night’s double header reverted to the alternative date due to wet weather, and the Wednesday night scheduling has caused several changes to a strong Molong squad.

Molong will lose at least four regular players for tonight’s clash with 2012-13 runners up CYMS at Wade Park, including skipper Trent Frazer, with Brett Wykes set to take over the leadership.

Despite the less than ideal situation, Frazer was looking for the positives ahead of the clash.

“It’s a good chance for us to give some younger guys a run,” he said.

“Even though we lose a few, we knew the game would be replayed on a Wednesday. We would have liked a bit more notice, especially considering we need to back up for Friday night as well.

“In the end the rescheduling is unavoidable.”

Molong was expected to field a blockbuster team last Friday night several players who were unavailable before Christmas set to return and despite naming a reasonably depleted line up, Frazer is confident his troops can get the job done.

“Our bowling shouldn’t be affected too much,” he explained.

“Batting depth might be a bit of an issue, but I’m sure someone will stand up and do the job. There’s plenty of firepower so it might just be a case of someone steadying the ship at the other end. We don’t know much about CYMS, except what you read. We know they’re a handy team, and not taking anything away from them, having little knowledge should be an advantage for us, especially the younger players who could get intimidated by players, or reputations.”

CYMS skipper Hugh Le Lievre said his team’s approach won’t change, regardless of Molong’s line-up.

“I didn’t play, but from all accounts they beat us in the preliminary rounds last year,” he said.

“We know they have plenty of good hitters, and tight bowlers, so regardless of whether they have a few out or not we still have plenty of respect for them.”

Molong versus CYMS is the second game of tonight’s double header, starting at 7.45pm.

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