MORTLAKE may be entering its South West Cricket finals clash with Pomborneit as favourites but according to skipper Todd Lamont the game will be closer than it seems.
The Cats are set to take on the Bulls in the first versus fourth clash at Camperdown’s S.A Wright Oval, with Lamont wary of the opposition.
He acknowledged that he was still yet to “get a good gauge” on Pomborneit despite Mortlake defeating the Bulls twice this season, aware their opponent was yet to field their best side against them.
“We probably got them (Pomborneit) on a couple of bad days, but they have played good cricket throughout the season,” Lamont said.
“They had players missing both times we played them, but we know they have some good batsmen and some good bowlers up the top that we will need to see off.”
The Cats once again finished on top of the ladder, losing just two games for the year, which also included victory in the Sungold Twenty20 Cup in January.
That achievement pleased Lamont, who said his side had kept things simple ahead of the season.
“It’s good (to make finals), it was our goal at the start of the season, so to make finals again and finish on top is really positive,” Lamont said.
Lamont said his side’s form had been good throughout the season given that he was unsure of how the side would go.
He said that the introduction of youth into the side had him feeling a bit unknown about how the year would transpire, but was pleased with the impact of his younger players.
Isaac Wareham, Oliver Mahncke, Jack Lehmann, William Kain and Lauchie Higginson all received opportunities in the top grade, with Wareham, Mahncke and Lehmann all playing more than 15 matches each.
Alongside this, Lamont said some of the club’s more experienced players had stepped up across the year, which pleased the skipper.
“I’ve been happy with our form this season considering I didn’t know what to expect at the start of the year with quite a young side,” he said.
“But we’ve had Tyler Schafer come back into some really good form across the year and Clinton Baker has also hit form recently, which has been good for us.
“Overall, I’m happy with how our season panned out considering we didn’t know how it would unfold.”