After learning a hard lesson against competition leaders Easts in their last outing, Guyra’s first grade team couldn’t bounce back at the end of 2018 with their round seven clash against Hillgrove washed out.
The side are aiming to start the new year on the front foot as they prepare to take on a hot-and-cold Ex-Services team at Bellevue this Saturday.
Guyra’s senior cricket coordinator Adrian Cameron said the side are eager to begin the second-half of the season and are hoping to return to form.
“Everyone is pretty keen for this weekend and looking forward to getting back into it and try and get things happening again,” he said.
“They haven't played since they got a bit of a dusting off Easts so a lot of the boys are pretty keen to bounce back from that, we had that washout against Hillgrove.”
Guyra welcome back Shane Wolfenden after he suffered a knee injury in November.
“Bubby [Jason Campbell] is away this week so Wolfy will come in there. He did hurt his knee pretty bad but I am not sure where he will bat, whether he will open or come down the order a bit,” Cameron said.
“Woodsy [Mitch Woods] is back this week, Tyse [Tyson Burey] is right, Jake Ellis is there and Charlie White is there so we should be good.
Shaky starts with the bat have been a thorn in the side of the Guyra team and Cameron said they will need to start consolidating more earlier in the innings.
“We just need them to set a bit of a foundation, that is what we need this week,” he said.
“It takes a bit of pressure off the next few.”
In the Ex-Services camp, John Elliot’s comments in regards to their batting performances echoed Guyra’s.
He wants his team to spend a bit more time at the crease and back up their bowlers.
“I think our bowlers, for the last three games have gelled more as a bowling unit and held our end up but it is just the batsmen who are letting us down at the moment,” he said.
“We just need to find some consistency with the stick and put a high price on our wickets. Little things like that are what I think is the difference between winning and losing.”
Servies have shown glimpses of what they are capable of when they are at their best.
“Trust me, being the captain and having that happen is very frustrating,” Elliot said.
“I know the boys can do it, it is just a matter of doing it consistency. It is just a matter of our batsmen putting a high price on their wickets and just finding some consistency with the stick.
“With everything else we have been going alright, bowling teams out for 180 and those sort of scores, we should be hitting them, it is simple as that.”