Greg Burton will take the new ball for CYMS for the last time in tomorrow’s Whitney Cup clash against Colts. The Cougars will keep their semi-final chances alive if they can record another win.He took five wickets against RSL-Colts in one of his first outings and in his final Whitney Cup match, Englishman Greg Burton is looking for another big haul against the competition leaders.
Burton flies to London on Tuesday having played the first half of the season with CYMS, who are eight points off third place.
Sadly, Burton hasn’t been able to find work since arriving and while money is becoming scarce, wickets haven’t been.
The opener is well in the running for Dubbo’s bowler of the year award with 17 scalps to his name.
“It’s probably the best I’ve ever bowled,” Burton said.
“I enjoy playing on the hard and fast wickets out here compared to home.
“I was really enjoying myself.”
The frustration for CYMS is that they’ve rarely had Burton bowling in tandem with New South Wales Country representative Daniel Hughes due to injury and representative commitments.
Meanwhile, young quick Lucas Payne is battling a back injury that will keep him out of tomorrow’s match.
“Daniel’s got such great control and accuracy,” Burton said.
“He just needs to pitch the odd one up and I’m sure he’d take more wickets.
“He’ll actually be living down the street from us when he comes over to England for a season, so that will be good.
“I’m teeing up a team to go into when I get back, because they’re already training over there for the summer. I’ll be straight back into it when I get home.
“Then maybe I can come back next season. I know Dan (Shepherd) is looking at coming back again next year.”
Shepherd, who has been on the fringe of first grade, is Burton’s likely replacement.
Looking back on his time in Dubbo it’s hard to go past the five wickets he took against Colts and the 50 he made on debut.
“It was great getting five wickets against Colts, but just the enjoyment of playing with the boys has been the main thing,” Burton said.
“I’d have to say that having watched Jaspal (Bansal) make his century on the weekend was something special.
“Before he cramped up he was knocking the ball around for ones and twos and it was a joy to watch.
“Then when the cramps hit him, that’s when he opened up and really started to pile the runs on.”
CYMS face a confident Colts team that continued their good form on the weekend.
The Cougars then play Macquarie, Newtown and Rugby in two-day matches leading into the semis and would have to win three out of their last four to qualify.
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