MAKING RUNS: Wanderers will be without key player Hayden Lanza this weekend when they take on Souths at Sheahan Oval.
MAKING RUNS: Wanderers will be without key player Hayden Lanza this weekend when they take on Souths at Sheahan Oval. Linden Morris

Big games ahead

STANTHORPE'S cricket pitches will see another busy weekend this weekend.

The first round of Twenty20 under lights is set to take place at CF White Oval between Wheatvale and Valleys.

Valley's spokesman Damian Anderson said the team was looking forward to the clash.

"We are looking strong for [tomorrow] night," he said.

"It will be fun and fast with lots of fours and lots of sixes.

"Our young fit team will actually work well for Twenty20, with all the running around they will have to do."

On Saturday afternoon CF White Oval will get its second workout for the weekend, when Valleys back-up and take on RSL.

Anderson said the usually well-rounded Valleys would be lacking some depth this Saturday.

"We are missing a lot of our experienced players this weekend with work and trips away and such,'' he said.

"Five of our main players will be out, so we will be relying on our youngsters."

Anderson said he expected a good game.

"RSL are looking strong with their opening bowler Ross Lupton back," Anderson said.

"We played them earlier this season, and they gave us a touch up, and last time we were short of players as well.

"We will have a very energetic and young and fit team, but experience will be our weakness.

"I'm expecting RSL to rely heavily on Lupton, Duane Lihou and captain Todd Brady leading the way. They could post a bit of a total on the back of those three."

Souths is set to take on Wanderers up the hill at Sheahan Oval.

Wanderers captain Tim Harslett said his team would be down a very valuable man this week.

"Hayden Lanza is out so that is a kick in the guts for us," he said.

"Last time we played Souths they beat us fairly convincingly, but hopefully our guys will be able to step up to the plate.

"As long as we start taking the catches, that will improve our prospects - we dropped some pretty critical ones last week.

"Everyone is cheerful and getting a good go, and we are improving as a team.

"You don't win premierships in November."

Harslett said Souths had depth, and that Wanderers would have to be playing well if they wanted to bring home the win.

Both games start at 12.30pm and players are asked to arrive early.

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