By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
WHILE farmers everywhere are praying for rain, our local cricketers are hoping the heavens will hold up for at least the weekend.
Still only early in the season, all teams are still trying to find their feet in a competition that has so far provided a couple of surprises.
Defending premiers The Glen have lost their last two matches and will be looking for an improved performance in their two week encounter with Brothers starting at Sunvalley Oval today.
Last time around Brothers took the points, but captain Pat Laws is wary of The Glen's fight back and believes this round could be a good indicator of where the two sides sit.
"We won in the 35 over match, but the two day game is a better indication of where we are,'' Laws said.
Laws said he was looking forward to the return of leg spinner George Kiss who will play his first game of the year, while he also named new comer Mick Warden as one to keep an eye on.
For The Glen David Jefferis will be looking for a better performance with the bat after getting a first ball duck against Brothers last time.
Meanwhile out at Calliope Yaralla will take on Calliope in a 35 over one dayer.
Yaralla who were grand finalists last year, held off a determined Glen last week and, according to skipper Troy Webster, will be looking for a repeat performance.
Webster said Heath Courtney was a surprise packet with both the bat and ball last week and he was looking for another strong game this time around.
Webster said Calliope were an unknown entity, but named former Yaralla batsman Ken Wogandt as a danger.