Friday, November 7th, 2014

Worcs Opener Oliver Aiming For Geelong To Bounce Back This Weekend

Geelong City skipper Richard Oliver is looking for his side to bounce back from the two day setback against Geelong West after admitting they were "outplayed in all departments."

City will be looking for their fourth win in five games when they start another two-day game in the Geelong Cricket Association Division One at home to Newtown and Chilwell tomorrow with the match being concluded on November 15.

Worcestershire opener Oliver said: "While it was disappointing to lose to a team that hadn't won a game yet this season, whereas we hadn't lost one, it was hard to have any complaints.

"We were confident that we could bat our overs and comfortably overcome 240. That didn't quite work out and we succumbed to 150 all out in 60 overs which was hugely disappointing, particularly our modes of dismissal for a line up with a fair bit of depth.

"We lost five blokes to catches in the ring and I missed a straight one lbw. They held all their catches and to be fair to them they outplayed us in all departments.

"So we move into our game tomorrow knowing improvement is needed without pushing the panic button.

"The weather has been good, the wicket looks good, and we play our oldest rivals Newtown, in an eagerly anticipated contest at Shark Park.

"It sounds like they will depend on their newly appointed captain-coach, Marc Carson, who has had an impressive career opening the bowling for Geelong in Premier Cricket.

"They've also got their new recruit, wicket-keeper-batsman Daniel Lawrence from the Essex academy, who has started off like a train in the GCA this season with two centuries in four rounds, with a highest score of 191."

Oliver is putting in plenty of work Down Under although he admits his spin did not go as he hoped against Geelong West in his brief spell of bowling.

He said: "My Saqlain Mushtaqs have taken a step back this week as I reverted back to my medium pies from the bakery end, a move well received by the City faithful following my three overs for 24 at West last week.

"Coupled with the gym work and groundsman duties, it's fair to say I was tired this morning following last nights two hour net session with the boys!

"But I can't complain and hopefully I can lead from the front for the Sharks tomorrow as we bid to make it four wins from five games in this round of matches."