COMBOYNE Tigers welcome back Tom Rienstra and Tom Salter tonight as they try to knock over Macquarie Hotel and book a place in the Saturday’s twenty20 decider.
The two Toms can swing a bat, and will be hard to stop if they can fire at Wayne Richards Park.
Salter was looking forward to getting back out to the middle. He scored 52 in the first innings of Comboyne’s match against Port City Leagues Magpies, but he’s been in form in the shorter version of the game, too.
“I’ve been making a few runs [in T20s],” he said. “I’ve had a few starts, 30s and stuff.”
Salter is also handy with the ball. He’s been rolling his arm over with a few medium-pacers at the death to try and dry up the opposition’s runs.
“Andrew [Comboyne captain Andrew Glover] has been bowling me at the end of the innings. It has seemed to work,” he said.
But Glover was looking forward to the pair’s contribution with the bat.
“They’re both good batsmen,” he said.
Macquarie will miss keeper and senior team member Gordon Scott for the match, and possibly the rest of the season.
Scott injured a shoulder playing an inter-district over-35s match on Sunday.
Macca captain Michael Pelley was tossing up who to throw behind the stumps on Tuesday.
The options were to bring up Jack Page from second grade, or give the gloves to Josh Hyde.
“He’s dabbled in a bit of keeping,” Pelley said of Hyde. “But it’s difficult to weigh up to who toss in to a big game.
“Jack’s a good keeper.”
Scott’s leadership of the younger players will be missed. He’s a handy batsman, too.
“But if we need him in a T20, we’re in a lot of trouble,” Pelley said.
The match is also important in the context of the competition.
A win can allow Macquarie to skip away from the chasing pack, while Comboyne needs a victory to keep in touch with the top four.
The match kicks off at 6.15pm.