Tamworth first grade cricket: West Tamworth skipper Dave Mudaliar preparing for tough test against South Tamworth

Charging in: Stewart Irwin gets some elevation as he delivers for West Tamworth in the opening round against North Tamworth. Photo: Gareth Gardner
Charging in: Stewart Irwin gets some elevation as he delivers for West Tamworth in the opening round against North Tamworth. Photo: Gareth Gardner

“Another chance to learn where we are.”

That’s how West Tamworth skipper Dave Mudaliar is viewing his sides clash Tamworth first grade clash with South Tamworth at No.1 Oval on Saturday.

Last season’s semi-finalists are still finding their way after losing several of their stars but showed some promising signs in beating North Tamworth in the first round.

“We’re still early in the season but to get the first win was great,” Mudaliar said.

How, or whether the consecutive washouts has affected the momentum they built from that he isn’t sure.

“We’ve just got to go out there and start again,” he said.

“That’s the key to every game of cricket, putting the last game behind you.”

He readily accepts that they are underdogs against a Souths side that rolled defending premiers Old Boys in the opening round.

“We’re by no means the favourites,” Mudaliar said.

“We go into this game against a strong unit.”

A strong unit all round, personally he rates Souths as the toughest side to bat against.

“They’ve got strong partnerships with the ball and have been together for quite a while,” he said.

He is pretty happy with the side Wests have. The only loss from the team that played the first week is Alex Cook.

Asad Iqbal will take his spot with the ball. 

Mudaliar has been quite impressed what he’s seen from him in the nets.

“He bowls nice medium pace, just pushes them through nicely,” he said.

He pointed to their fielding as where they could improve, but that is only a minor thing.