St Michaels’ first foray into two-day cricket didn’t end well, but key batsman Beck Frostick is hoping the side has learned a lot since then.
Saints were forced to follow on against Lake Albert in December, but this time come into the longer format clash with South Wagga with winning form.
They’ve won two of their last three matches including a crucial victory over the Bulls to resume the season last week.
The loss was to the Blues, but the Englishman believes the side is better equipped now.
“I think we’ve learned a loss from the last two-dayer and it’s important we learn what to do,” Frostick said.
“A lot of mental toughness that goes through you for 80 overs as you can be good for 50 and the next 30 you just switch off and that is the inexperience of not playing two-day cricket.
“Now we’ve had that game under our belts we know we can’t switch off when we are in the field and let them score runs freely.”
Frostick has been in fine form with the bat.
He’s scored 471 runs at 47.10 this season with five half centuries.
He’s struck four in his last five matches and is hoping the longer format can see him convert the half centuries into bigger scores.
“I’ve got a bit more time now to rethink once I get to 50 what my next plan is,” Frostick said.
“In the 40-over game once you get to 50 you’ve got to keep scoring runs a bit quicker as there is not much time, but with these two-dayers it gives me a lot more time to think and have a clear plan on how I want to go about things.”
Coach Justin Ward is also thrilled with his contribution.
"Beck is nearly at 500 runs for the season already and I think he is doing extraordinarily well,” Ward said.
Frostick, the return of Dave Garness and the arrival of Brendan Gale have been real highlights so far for the Saints.
Their win over the premiers has them one point outside the top four and a return to finals is a real focus for Frostick.
“We’ve underachieved all season, massively, and if we don’t make the top four by the end of the season you can count the season as a bit of a failure,” he said.
“We need to be up there for sure.”
Coming out from England to play this season, not having sight screens on grounds was one thing Frostick has had to adapt to, but he’s enjoyed his time in Wagga.
If results go their way the Saints can move into the four after this round, but it’s not going to be a tough challenge taking on the ladder leaders who became the first team to down Wagga City last week.
After Lachy Skelly took nine wickets against them last them last time, Ward is wary of the damage South Wagga’s spin bowlers can do.
"They’ve been going really well, been scoring plenty of runs and their spinners have been going a great job,” he said.
"It will be a good test for us, I think we've struggled a bit with spin over the year so far - in the two-dayer Skelly got us a fair bit - so we've obviously got to be weary of Sykes, Willis and Clunes.
"It will be interesting but we get Tommy Williams back for us, which will good, and he'll be handy for us with the ball."