Blayney’s plan to stop the dots

BLAYNEY captain Jameel Qureshi wants fewer dot balls when his side is batting and many, many more when they’re bowling.

It’s a simple game plan, but one that becomes inevitably tougher when teams are thrown into the typhoon-like atmosphere of Twenty20 cricket, the kind of conditions Qureshi’s Blayney boys have encountered in this year’s Royal Hotel Cup.

Up against the defending premiers Orange City tonight in a Super Sixes encounter that will have a huge impact on the semi-final seedings, Qureshi believes it’s crucial his side improves its running between the wickets and reduces the number of dot balls against his team at Wade Park.

“The boundaries will come,” he insists.

“It’s the dot balls in between them that we need to work on. I think we’ve got to work on rotating the strike, turn those dot balls into singles and twos ... just our running between the wickets.”

Qureshi believes his side’s bowling and fielding has been its strong point over the course of the Twenty20 season so far.

That won’t change tonight, with the loss of Dave Rogerson and Simon Ewin negated by the return of unorthodox left-arm quick James Stanbridge for the Twenty20 clash.

Fresh off an inspired victory over Cavaliers, Orange City skipper Matt Findlay, too, believes his side must look to minimise the dot balls in the Warriors innings with the bat.

“We can’t afford to be defending 100 again,” he said, with City defeating Cavs by one run earlier this week after hitting 8-103.

“We need bigger scores, which revolves around strike rotation. 

“We play out too many dot balls and we pay for it when we only get mediocre totals.”

Findlay added Blayney would likely go into the game favourites.

“Blayney seem to be the team most suited to T20 cricket,” he said.

“They’re a real danger team, they’re young, enthusiastic and willing to learn from guys like Jameel and Imran (Qureshi). 

“They’re particularly strong between the wickets, it’s virtually hit and run for them. They put pressure on with the bat and in the field. 

“Blayney are the only team that have beaten us in this form of the game, based on that and form I think it’s only fair they go in favourites. 

“I think we can expect a very tough game of cricket.”

Kick-starting tonight’s Super Six double header, Kinross tackles the winless Molong from 5pm.  Blayney and City tussle from 7.45pm. Both games are at Wade Park.

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