Maimed Lions ready to bounce back

Moe will face another test this week in their Energy Australia Yallourn Cup match against Trafalgar on the hard deck at SS Hire Oval.

Beaten last week by Morwell, the Lions are still missing a few players including Chris Johnson who may not be back for several more weeks.

Pressure will be on Andrew Philip and Rob Phoenix to score enough runs for Moe to win this one.

Philip showed his versatility against Morwell when he was the surprise wicketkeeper in the absence of Dale Walshe.

 Trafalgar is keen this year and have worked hard to become more competitive. 

Graeme Rankin’s experience will be missed after announcing his retirement at the end of last season.

They have the talent to trouble Moe and with a bit of luck could end up with a win.

Morwell was jubilant after beating the reigning premiers Moe last week and face an inexperienced Newborough Bulldogs outfit.

The Tigers had several promising youngsters in the team with Jesse Giardina from Mirboo North taking on the important role of wicketkeeper. 

In the under 18 Gippsland Cricket League match against Traralgon on Sunday he scored a fine 57 and Tim Dowe opened the batting and made 20.

Another of Morwell’s recruits Sam Bhaumick batted well and Brendan Brincat is in fine form with both bat and ball.

Newborough Bulldogs Aiden Vesty and Nathan Simpson did well with the bat last week but the batting fell away after that. 

Unless the Bulldogs can get a few more first graders they may find Morwell a bit too strong this week.

Yallourn North beat Newborough Bulldogs last week but did not have the bowling power to dismiss all ten batsmen.

The Bombers have a tough task this week when they take on Mirboo North at home.

Mirboo North are reeling after their poor showing against Latrobe and need to lift in all areas.

They have the players capable of doing that, including Brett Pedlow, but still miss United Kingdom import Richard Ford who has yet to land in Australia this season.

Liam Smit, Jimmy Grande and Dale Banks will shoulder most of the bowling duties and Banks in particular looms as a danger man for the Bombers.

Jeremy Butler is in early form and Shane Galea is capable of some quick runs. 

Despite playing at home, Mirboo North may be too strong this week