Suns’ skipper keeping the faith

STRATHDALE-Maristians’ captain Linton Jacobs believes the greatest chapter in the Suns’ Bendigo District Cricket Association dynasty may still yet to be written if they can dig themselves out of their current hole.
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Linton Jacobs

Having won five of the past six premierships –and not having missed a finals series since 2004-05 – the BDCA has become accustomed to the Suns sitting at the pointy end of the ladder.

Certainly not languishing in ninth position without a win more than halfway through November.

But that’s the unfamiliar position the Suns find themselves in as they prepare to take on Huntly-North Epsom at Sunline Plastering Oval on the back of three losses in a row for the first time since the 1990-91 season when they were winless.

“It’s certainly not panic stations from our end at the moment,” Jacobs said on Friday.

“It’s not a work-ethic or hunger issue, it’s probably more an individual thing where we just don’t have players executing their skill and performing to their ability,particularly with the bat.”

It’s clearly with the bat that has been the Suns’ Achilles Heel so far.

In their losses to Eaglehawk, Sandhurst and Kangaroo Flat they have been bowled out for scores of just 136, 130 and 157.

Those games have included collapses of 8-56 against the Hawks; 7-77 against the Dragons; and 8-67 against the Roos, who they lost to for the first time in seven years last week.

Of the 30 wickets the Suns have lost, only four have been for scores of more than 30, while 12 have been for under five.

“We’re doing as much work as we can during the week and we’re talking about it, but it all comes down to getting it done on a Saturday,” Jacobs said.

“If we can’t begin to turn it around with the start we’ve had then we’re going to be struggling to get anywhere near the finals.

“But make no mistake, we’re up for the fight and it may well could prove the greatest chapter in our book if we can get ourselves up and going from here and give ourselves another crack at it at the end of the season.

“However, all we’re focusing on is these next couple of weeks against Huntly and just trying to get that first win on the board.”

The pressure on the Suns and their slow start was further compounded this week when it was announced by the BDCA that last month’s round one that was called off because of September’s wet weather won’t be re-scheduled, which cuts the season back from 13 to 12 games.

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