CAN BAT, CAN BOWL: Newtown’s spin ace Greg Briggs at the crease, but today his Newtown captain Will Lindsay will be looking for him to get wickets against South Dubbo at No 2 Oval.After being sent in last weekend and posting 289, Newtown will be out to take wickets today on the second day of their clash with reigning Whitney Cup premiers South Dubbo at No 2 Oval.

Newtown captain Will Lindsay will be looking at all his bowlers to put their hands up to take the wickets.

“We’re without a frontline seam bowler this round due to Jeremy Dickson being away and Bob Powyer injuring a bad shoulder, which means that the others will have to go the extra yard,” Lindsay said.

“However with runs on the board it’s a great opportunity for Sam Devenish to have a long bowl and hopefully produce the form that has seen him picked and perform in the Amaroo Cup side.

“Sam has the ability to hit the seam and do a bit with it and hopefully he can grab a couple of wickets with his medium pacers.”

Lindsay will have the services of Matt Finlay and Aaron Etcell to open the bowling with Devenish to back them up.

As well he has spin trio Glenn Shepherd, Greg Briggs and Michael Kempston at his disposal which will give Newtown plenty of variety.

Veteran Briggs – who will bid farewell to Dubbo cricket at the end of this season – has been one of Lindsay’s trump bowlers this season and today he will be looked on again to bowl his fair share of overs.

“Greg is as keen as ever and he’s the type of bowler who always wants the ball in his hand and believes he has the ability to break any partnership,” Lindsay said.

“I’m sure he’ll be eager to bowl as early as possible.”

Briggs has a wonderful strike rate this season with 18 wickets at the cost of 242 and can’t be taken lightly.

Souths will start the day at 0-9 with captain Jarrod Simpson (5) and Jeff Shanks (3) at the crease and Lindsay believes there are many key batsmen to the South Dubbo innings.

“Souths have the ability to chase down the 289 we set them last week quite easily,” the Newtown captain said.

“If we let the likes of Simpson, Rod Morrison, Shane Skinner and company get on top of our bowlers early then they will be well in it.

“Really they are no different to any other bats in Dubbo in the aspect of providing chances and we (as a team) have to be ready (as fieldsman) to take any opportunity that comes our way.”

The experienced Morrison is one batsman who can set up the South Dubbo innings.

“Morrison had a late start to the season due to suspension but he always produces runs against us and I’m sure he’ll be hoping, with a long stay at the crease, that he can show signs of the form that helped him to a 100 before Christmas,” Lindsay said.

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