Lake Albert out to make most of their second chance

Scott Billington will be 12th man for Lake Albert in the preliminary final against Wagga RSL this weekend.

Scott Billington will be 12th man for Lake Albert in the preliminary final against Wagga RSL this weekend.

Lake Albert is looking to make their second chance count taking on Wagga RSL for a place in the grand final this weekend. 

The minor premiers are coming off a seven-wicket loss to South Wagga and need to find winning form again. 

They've lost their last two matches, both to the Blues, but hopes his team can bounce back in the preliminary final at Robertson Oval this weekend.

“The whole reason you try and finish on top and win that minor premiership is so you can have bad day, get away with it and have a second crack,” Smeeth said.

“Hopefully we’ve had our bad day and now it is time to put it all together in the same game and play to our potential.

“We certainly feel like if we play a good game of cricket then we can get through”

Smeeth is focusing on batting after being bowled out for 135 last weekend.

“We haven’t scored enough runs for the whole season to be honest,” he  said.

“The bottom line is the batsmen have to score more runs.

“We were 7-44 last week and ended up getting up to 130 so if someone in the top six can go on and make a score, and we have a couple of people contribute, and the tailenders bat like that then there is no reason why we can’t get a big score.

“We have certainly showed we can defend low scores, or at least have a crack at defending low scores.”

After their two-day clash was wash out late last year, the two sides haven’t meet since round one.

Smeeth thought the October victory was quite comfortable but is wary of the Bulldogs bowling attack.

However with Jake Hindmarsh expected to miss the match at Robertson Oval through injury it could be another plus for the Bulls.

“Nick Grant is a really, really good bowler, one of the best fast bowlers in the league and rumour has it Jake Hindmarsh isn’t going to bowl this week so that is a huge bonus for us,” Smeeth said.

“They have some useful bowlers as well and two or three guys who are in pretty good form with that bat at the moment.

“We have to get through the new ball and see how we go.”

Lake Albert will make one change for the clash.

After being unavailable last week, Josh Coyte comes back into the team with veteran paceman Scott Billington to be 12th man.


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