CAPTAINCY isn't usually an opening bowlers' domain, but St Michaels skipper Dave Garness is confident he has the support network around him to juggle both roles.
But his main hope for Saturday's important clash against Kooringal is he won't be relied upon to be the top run scorer batting at no.11.
Looking to leap up the ladder after finishing bottom last summer, St Michaels made 9-188 in their season opener against Lake Albert.
But the Bulls prevailed after amassing 3-121 off 25 overs before rain stopped play.
St Michaels and Colts are both looking for their first win of the season, and it shapes as vital for St Michaels given they play heavy hitters Wagga City and South Wagga the next two weeks.
Garness finished unbeaten on 32 as he and Nathan Corby put on an unbeaten 61-run last wicket partnership in round one.
But six other batters made between 14 and 20 runs, and Garness wants someone to go on with the job and make a match-defining innings.
He said himself and Wagga City recruit Angus Grigg also bowled too short early against Lake Albert, which is another area they'll look to rectify.
"Our batters will have to stand up a bit more and take on some responsibility," he said.
"In a perfect world I shouldn't have to bat. But I'm happy to be able to contribute and it got us to a decent total anyway.
IN OTHER NEWS
"It's good and bad, I guess. Plenty of blokes got starts but we're very disappointed no one went on with it.
"We scored a decent total with all those starts, but no one grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck.
"I have to take some responsibility too, we just bowled a bit too short and gave them too much freedom to score.
"Going into this week we just have to reset and pitch it up and see how that goes."
Garness doesn't feeling juggling captaincy with being a bowling spearhead will be a major issue.
"Nothing much has changed. I've always had a role to play in previous years anyway alongside Beck (Frostick, former captain) last season," he said.
"It wasn't too hard, getting your fields right was a bit tough but I'm lucky I have some experienced blokes around me who give me a hand."
The Colts went down to South Wagga in their season opener.
Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content:
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.