AFTER a proactive approach to its batting, South West Cricket (SWC) minor premier Terang needs to be reactive ahead of next weekend’s semi-final.
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The top-ranked side will be missing two players for its semi-final clash against Noorat, with openers Tom Moloney (football) and Steve Grinter (holidays) both unavailable.

“We’ve tried to settle our batting line-up in the last couple of weeks leading into finals, but that’s been turned on its head now,” captain Ben Grinter said.

He highlighted Moloney’s form.

“Tommy’s really stepped up this year,” he said.

“He made 71 last week at the top of the order, so we’ll need someone else to step up.”

Terang will look at its options at training on Thursday night.

“Having a couple out isn’t ideal but I believe we’ve got the depth to cover them,” Grinter said.

“Oliver Fitzpatrick might come up from the middle order or Tom McKenzie could step up and open.”

As for inclusions into the team, the skipper will consider promoting the club’s youth.

“We’ve got a couple of young ones who could come up,” he said.

“Liam Balcombe is an all-rounder who has been playing under 16s and div three and Jarrod Loader has been doing well in under 16s with the ball, so he might be a chance to come up.”

Terang was preparing to defend 298 against Pomborneit in SWC’s last home-and-away round on Saturday but matches were washed out.

If games had gone ahead, the top four teams were still expected to remain the same as fifth-placed Bookaar was more than a game behind fourth spot.

Mortlake (third) could have potentially replaced Camperdown in second spot but it would not have affected next weekend’s semi-final fixture, with the pair to duel on Saturday and Sunday at Camperdown turf. Terang will take on Noorat at Terang turf in the other semi next weekend.

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