RAINBOW’S premiership defence got off to a dream start at the weekend but the team will be tested against Nhill on Saturday and Sunday.
The reigining premier enjoyed a 124-run win against neighbour Jeparit on Saturday, with all-rounder Brett Jensz showing the form that saw him nab last season’s MVP award.
Rainbow will need Jensz to be at full force again at the weekend when his side faces the Tigers, who also had a big first-up win.
A sharp Nhill bowling attack had Winiam on the ropes early in the first round, but Tigers bowler Aaron Cramer said it was batting that would be the key against Rainbow.
“With this week being the only game we play Saturday-Sunday, a key would be to win the toss on Saturday and bat first,” he said.
“On back-to-back days you can get pretty tight playing so batting first will be a key and I think whoever wins the toss will bat first and look to post a big score.”
But Rainbow’s Brett Jensz said this was not the case, with several of the team’s players unavailable to take the field on Saturday.
“We’ve got six players away and I think I’m one of the only ones who comes back for Sunday,” he said.
“It’s hard to comment on how the game will go because of that but we’ll probably want to bowl first because we’ll get a couple of people back into our line-up on Sunday.”
Jensz said the Rainbow players supported the idea of a two-day fixture being played in one weekend but was unlucky that the game coincided with other commitments.
The other West Wimmera fixture sees Kiata in action for the first time this year.
The Highwaymen will play Winiam at home as they look to get their season off to a good start.
The Wolves will also be keen to redeem themselves after going down to Nhill. Shannon Launder was the lone Winiam batsman to produce a score of more than 20 and only three Wolves cracked double-figures for the day.
They will face a depleted Kiata attack, with Nathan Alexander set to play in the Grampians Cricket Association this year.