Merrivale players Jeremy Burgess (left) and Brad Knowles are looking forward to next week’s match against Woodford after Saturday’s game was washed out.THE weekend’s wet weather kept Warrnambool and District Cricket Association (WDCA) players indoors but West Warrnambool plans to venture outdoors for the remainder of the season.
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The Panthers had been training indoors on Tuesday nights but captain-coach Andrew Robb said his squad would move the sessions back outdoors to Davidson Oval, where it also trains on Thursdays, as it prepares for the 2011-12 finals series.

“We have been training indoors on Tuesdays but we’ll probably go back outdoors from now on because we’re leading up to the finals,” he said.

“We’ll be able to get some centre wicket practice in.”

All division one WDCA final home-and-away round matches have been scaled back to one-dayers next weekend after Saturday was a washout.

Robb said that second-ranked West Warrnambool would ideally have liked to duel ladder leader Nestles in a two-day match.

“Leading into finals you want to because that’s what finals are,” he said. “But there’s not much you can do about the weather.

“It just comes down to wins now, that’s basically what it is.

“There’s no second innings points, so it just comes down to if teams win or lose.”

If Robb’s side defeats the Factory, who have already claimed the minor premiership, at Davidson Oval next weekend, the Panthers will hang on to second spot.

“If we win, we keep second and if we lose, we could finish third or fourth or we could still finish second,” the skipper said.

“We don’t want to be relying on other teams, though. We want to look after ourselves.”

Merrivale and Woodford, who sit third and fourth respectively, will take a similar approach into their round 12 clash next weekend.

A loss to the Eels or Tigers could be costly, as a win to Allansford over Dennington could see the Gators claim one of their spots.

Brierly Christ Church has its last chance to record a breakthrough win when it tackles Russells Creek, while this season’s division one newcomers Port Fairy and Wesley CBC will be looking to finish their seasons on a high when they meet at Walter Oval.

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