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East Albury coach Dylan Weeding says he would change his decision to bat first against Wodonga Raiders, which he did due to CAW’S heat policy.East Albury coach Dylan Weeding admits he would definitely change his decision to bat first after failing to gain an outright win over Wodonga Raiders
Nanjing Night Net

The Crows picked up only 12.36 points for the first innings win, while St Patrick’s grabbed 17.29 to jump into the top six after posting an outright win over New City.

There’s been four outrights this season and, in all cases, the losing team has batted first.

“Oh definitely, we probably made the decision to bat day one onthe back of the extreme heat policy being enforced,” Weeding said.

“It was meant to be 43 degrees, so we thought if we bowl and bowl them out cheaply, and then chase it down, we could only play maybe 40, 50 overs of cricket.”

The Crows declared on 7-211 after 66 overs, and then had Raiders teetering on 3-14 after day one.

But Lindsay Kerr batted superbly in making 50 as Raiders lasted 55.5 overs, and he then delayed the Crows’ attack by top-scoring again with 25 in the second innings.

“He looked good, he was a very good bat,” Weeding said.

“He basically took it away from us, we didn’t bowl poorly or drop any chances.”

The Crows remained sixth, but given seventh-placed Tallangatta now faces Raiders, and will start odds-on to gain an outright, the pressure is on East to produce something similar against second-bottom New City.

“We’d love an outright, but at the end of the day, we’ve just got to win well,” Weeding said.

“We don’t want to try and get caught up in chasing a big result and not getting there, and fall over at the last hurdle.

“It could go against us, we might win and not get that many points and still miss out if results go against us.”

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