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Cats licking lips as they put different spin on things

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October 13, 2017

Simon D'Elia returns to Mooroopna's side tomorrow after missing round one.

Paul Marshall is hoping a change in pace can help his side open its Haisman Shield account tomorrow.

Mooroopna’s co-captain thought his bowling attack was too predictable in its loss to Kyabram under lights in round one, but the inclusion of spinner Simon D’Elia will go a long way to fixing that issue.

‘‘We were very one dimensional with a team full of medium pacers, so having Simon in mixes it up,’’ Marshall said.

‘‘It gives us the ability to attack with the quicks and contain with spin, so having him is very important.’’

The Cats will relish the opportunity to play at home once again, with Marshall bullish about his side’s chances against the Northerners.

‘‘We felt we certainly batted pretty well last week, but unfortunately we were shown up by an awesome innings by Kyle Mueller (100 not out), so we’ll be going in confident,’’ he said.

‘‘The pitch was fantastic last week and it will be no different on the weekend, so hopefully we can post a big score with the bat and bowl consistently and quite frugally with the ball.’’

The Jets are also looking to bounce back from an opening round defeat, and coach Steve Allen said his charges were ready to do so.

‘‘We’re keen to amend, last week was just one of those days,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ll be looking to be patient early, build an innings and form partnerships with the bat.

‘‘With the ball we need to be more consistent and try to build pressure.’’

Touted recruit Ryan Sidebottom is no chance of lining up against the Cats, but Allen was hopeful he would eventually find himself terrorising Cricket Shepparton batsmen.

‘‘He’s on his way back, he won’t play this week. Obviously he’s just finished a very long season in England and hasn’t indicated when he would be right to play,’’ he said.

‘‘But we’re hoping he will play some cricket with the Northerners.’’

Joel Brett and Ben Pedretti are unavailable this weekend, with decisions on who will replace the pair yet to be made.

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