Tamworth first-grade cricket: West Tamworth aren't getting carried away with early success

IN FORM: West Tamworth skipper Dave Mudaliar blasted 91 against Bective East last week to keep his and Wests' hot run going. Photo: Gareth Gardner
IN FORM: West Tamworth skipper Dave Mudaliar blasted 91 against Bective East last week to keep his and Wests' hot run going. Photo: Gareth Gardner

West Tamworth skipper Dave Mudaliar calls it a distraction – albeit a pleasant one

He was referring to Wests’ perfect three-from-three start to the season.

I don’t overly get too caught up in last week’s results in terms of how it affects us this week, especially for the opposition

Dave Mudaliar

As Wests prepare to face a wounded North Tamworth in a two-dayer at Riverside 1 on Saturday, new skipper Mudaliar agrees that a large part of his job at present centres on managing expectations.

He said: “I don’t overly get too caught up in last week’s results in terms of how it affects us this week, especially for the opposition. That can be a distraction.

Brad Redshaw is slated to play for North Tamworth on Saturday.

Brad Redshaw is slated to play for North Tamworth on Saturday.

“They’ve [Norths] got too many potential match-winners for us to ever sort of take the game lightly, and we’ve got to be careful we don’t read too much into the fact that we started the season well.”

In one-dayers last round, Norths were soundly beaten by South Tamworth and Wests comfortably beat Bective East. ​Mudaliar said Wests would field a “reasonably strong” team on Saturday.

He said the clash would be another “learning experience” for inexperienced first-grade bowlers Alex Cook and Stu Irwin.