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Determined Flatts not lying down

Flatts Victoria are determined to put a frustrating league season behind them and bring some excitment back into the Eastern County Cup tomorrow.

The First Division side take on holders Bailey’s Bay at the Sea Breeze Oval in the final round of a competition that has been hit once again by the absence of St David’s.

Flatts have been limited to just four league games this season because of problems with landlords St David’s failing to prepare wickets in time for their games.

Then last weekend when they finally thought they were going to get to play they discovered the Bermuda Cricket Umpires Association had opted to send officials to a Commercial League fixture rather than to their match against Somerset, and that game was cancelled too.

On the face of it Bay should win this weekend’s game quite comfortably, but Flatts came agonisingly close to beating Cleveland last year and coach Rahji Edness said his team are determined to make a fight of it tomorrow.

“Things haven’t been going too good leading up to this game because we’ve been unable to play due to field being unprepared for about two or three weeks,” he said. “But we’re doing what we can do, getting ready for the match and we’re looking to bring the Cup back to Flatts.

“Given our performance from last year we were a stones throw from winning, and we’re going with that same attitude, it’s pretty much the same team, and this year we’re looking to close the book.

“We’re going to put our best foot forward and hopefully things go our way this time.”

Southampton Rangers duo Dwayne Leverock and Ryan Belboda are once again likely to be in a side that includes Somerset’s Cup Match bowler Kevin Hurdle, Regino Smith, and skipper Kijuan Franks.

Flatts’ main problem tomorrow is likely to be a lack of time in the middle, and while Edness said it had been frustrating season all his players could do was keep their heads up and keep plugging away.

“In cricket you need a lot of games, and that’s just the unfortunate part but we have a young group that needs the games, it’s been frustrating,” he said.

“County is on the day and the game has been suffering and we’re looking to give the spectators what they want. Sometimes it looks a little grim but you still try to grind out, make a game of it, keep your heads up.”

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Published August 12, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 12, 2011 at 9:37 am)

Determined Flatts not lying down

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