Armidale wants the big scalp

ARMIDALE skipper Andrew Brownlie believes his side can end the Tamworth dominance in this season’s War Veterans Cup on home soil tomorrow.

The Armidale City allrounder is confident his side can topple the unbeaten competition leaders at New England Mutual Armidale Sportsground tomorrow and earn a berth in the February 16 WVC Final.

“Both sides are missing some key players,” Brownlie said.

“Whoever Tamworth puts  on the paddock though will more than competitive. 

“They have a lot of depth down there.

“We’re missing a few guys too.”

Chief amongst those is young opening bat Michael Dawson.

“He’s been smashing them over in New Zealand (with the Emus),” Brownlie said.

“He’s a great young cricketer. We’re also missing Schafe (Matthew Schaefer)  but we still have some pretty good players.”

One of those is opening bat Dean Moore.

“He’s been scoring 40s all season – been consistent,” Brownlie said. “He’s probably due for a big one.

“Ben Welch has been scoring heaps of runs too – he  scored good half centuries against Narrabri and Tamworth before Christmas. 

‘And Karl Triebe was in good form with the ball too.

“I’m fairly confident we’ll go well.

“We’ve had a good break over Christmas so everyone should be fresh.

“I had a few niggles too, so it was good to have a break.”

He said the postponement of the Armidale T20 from this month was unfortunate for the Armidale players looking to have a few hits in the middle and rid themselves of a few cricketing cobwebs.

“I’m glad its only going to be about 33 up here and not the 39 or so down in Tamworth,” he said.

ARMIDALE: Andrew Brownlie (capt), Jared Graham, Dean Moore, Ben Welch, Hugh Reckord, Angus Reckord, Lochlan Elks, Matt Preston, Andrew Skinner, Karl Triebe, Sam Uphill, Scott Brennan.

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