Baa Baas play Hillgrove

REDEMPTION: Brad Rafferty's Barbarians will be aiming for their first win when they take on Matt Schaefer's Hillgrove on Saturday.

REDEMPTION: Brad Rafferty's Barbarians will be aiming for their first win when they take on Matt Schaefer's Hillgrove on Saturday.

The Barbarians will have to overcome a soaring Hillgrove – who annihilated Guyra in round one – to secure their first win of the season when the two sides collide this Saturday.

The Baa Baas fell to Easts in their opening game of the season and will aim to step up against the premiers. 

“We probably didn't play last week with the greatest bowling attack I suppose you could say, not to take anything away from the boys that did bowl but it wasn't the best bowling attack and we were a bit slow in the field,” Barbarians captain Brad Rafferty said. 

“We will try and make a few changes here and there and get some speed in the field and some more bowlers.” 

Hillgrove’s bowlers ripped through Guyra have them all out for just 57 but Rafferty is confident his batsman can stand up to the task. 

“I think we'll go alright,” he said. 

“I don't think it was so much our batting that let us down, it was just pretty ordinary conditions.” 

The Baa Baas quickly made themselves a reputation last for stealing a game from their opponents when all seemed lost. 

Teams have learned to expect the unexpected when it comes to the Barbarians and Hillgrove captain Matt Schaefer believes it will be the same case in the round two encounter. 

“They're one of those sides that can take it away from you really quickly and one individual piece of cricket can really turn a match,” he said earlier this week. 

“We won't underestimate them and we will just go out there and try to play our best cricket.”

Sean Skinner was one of the standout bowlers against Guyra but will miss this week’s game. 

“We have Jack Carey coming in for Sean Skinner so that is likely going to change how we approach the game,” Schaefer said.

“Now we will only have one quick and a couple of medium-paces and then we will have an extra spinner coming in.”

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