Taieri Cricket player-coach Dwayne Weir hopes a change in
format will bring a change in fortunes for the struggling
Taieri has managed only three wins from the season so far,
but Weir believes the start of the declaration format
presents a fresh start.
Batting had been the club's Achilles heel this season and the
club again struggled during the weekend, as it crawled to 81
all out off 40 overs against University-Grange in the first
round of the declaration competition.
Taieri put up a fight, but University-Grange eventually got
home with four wickets to spare.
Weir said the players hoped to put their struggles behind
them and the declaration format provided the perfect
''It allows bowlers to have a bit more of a spell,'' he said.
''You can work into a decent bowling partnership.''
It allowed the club's bowlers - its strength - to work for
wickets rather than push for them by ''not giving away silly
extras and sitting back and letting it happen'', he said.
It also provided an opportunity for the club's batsmen to
''With the longer format, guys can bat within themselves,
make good decisions and bat for longer,'' Weir said.
''If they can start to do that, we should come out on the
right side of the ledger.''
That opportunity starts this weekend against North East
''As it stands, we are at the bottom of the table and
everybody's trying to pick us off as the easy win and we have
to work really hard not to give that away,'' Weir said.
''We have to keep working hard but there's no lack of spirit.
''We have let down our Mosgiel and Taieri community and we
think about that regularly. We need to ... show we have a lot
of heart and respect for our community and hopefully two or
three wins [shows that].''