MEREWETHER’S Sam Gilmour said Dubbo’s batsmen would need to overcome the fear factor to handle his Lions fast-bowling partner Mark Cameron on Thursday.
Merewether play Dubbo in the quarter-finals of the SCG Country Cup at Baker Oval, Wyong.
Dubbo beat fellow western NSW sides Bathurst and Parkes to make the final eight.
But Gilmour said Dubbo could expect a step up in class when they faced Cameron, who is a former NSW and Australia A quick.
‘‘I don’t think they would have faced anyone like that since [Dubbo-bred NSW seamer] Don Nash was out there,’’ Gilmour said
‘‘It’ll just be the length, I think. They wouldn’t have seen anyone of his consistency either.
‘‘The pace will be a big enough issue, but then there’s the consistency as well.’’
Cameron received a phone call from Sydney Sixers captain Brad Haddin a fortnight ago inquiring about joining the Big Bash League franchise.
But there have been no further developments and Cameron appears unlikely to don the hot pink this summer.
Gilmour has been one of the biggest benefactors of Cameron’s return to Newcastle district cricket.
In seven matches Gilmour has taken 23 wickets at 15.52 to be fourth on the competition’s wicket-takers list.
‘‘He’s been a massive influence with my action, by telling me to put that there, and it’s made a huge difference to how I feel,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m bowling a lot more consistent this year.’’
Cameron has taken 20 wickets at 8.80, but Gilmour said many more scalps deserved to be credited to the man they call ‘‘Scud’’.
‘‘There’s the fear factor when he’s bowling to them, so they look to score a few runs off us,’’ he said. ‘‘If we’re putting it in the right areas, we’re getting the wickets.’’
Gilmour will miss today’s match because he is at the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
He will return for tomorrow’s semi-final if Merewether progress.
Last year, Merewether lost the final to Queanbeyan when ACT ripped through their star batting order for 168 in 38.3 overs. Queanbeyan passed the target eight wickets down in the 28th over.
‘‘I just want to get back there,’’ Gilmour said. ‘‘I think the excitement of the whole day got the better of us last year and a lot of us want to get back there and make amends.’’
Merewether’s possible opponents in the February 3 final could be Newcastle rivals Hamilton-Wickham, who are seeded No.1 and face Coffs Harbour today at Woongarrah Oval, Warnervale.
Despite a hat-trick of minor premierships in district cricket, Hamwicks’ trophy cabinet has been devoid of final silverware since they belted Merewether by 161 runs in SCG Country Cup final in 2009-10.
‘‘At the start of the year we placed a pretty big emphasis on this and virtually every other trophy that was available this year,’’ Hamwicks skipper Kirk Mullard said.
The team had had some good seasons but had ‘‘lacked a few trophies’’.