Arron Russell resting after his hundred last week
DUNNE WAS MY SAVIOUR - RUSSELL
Shaughan Dunne's recognition of a young Arron Russell's talents in the backyard was the making of him as a batsman. Now Dunne's endorsement at the start of the Swan Helena season seems to have helped blow the winds of cricketing fortune in Russell's direction as he emerges as the apparent answer to the dual Swan View batting problems of the last season.
Amid countless quotable lines about Dave Catania, Matthew Dimasi and Brendan Wilken, among others, Dunne had posited the view that Russell stood a far better chance of ensuring solid innings for Swan View's batting this season than the younger left-hander Kiaren Lever. While Dunne's emotive use of "crucifying" to outline the risk of keeping Lever at five in B Grade grabbed most of the initial attention, his supportive words about Russell seem to have mirrored the thinking of the B Grade Captain Matthew Dimasi.
Promoted to B Grade to bat four after David Pease at Hartfield while Lever will be shuffled down to No. 6. Last week Russell set about his task grandly, and by the close of his innings he had all but guaranteed his B Grade berth by batting most of the day in the company of Brent Stein. This allows Lever to avoid the perils of the new ball and also bolster a middle order that stumbled at times in the earlier part of the season.READ MORE
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