Wendouree has taken a big step towards addressing its bowling woes, adding a former Vic Country quick to its lineup for the new season.
Tom Batters joins the Red Caps from Bendigo United where took 46 wickets at an average of 18.2 over the past two seasons.
Batters previously played Victorian Premier Cricket for Essendon and Melbourne Uni and represented Vic Country at the 2018 Australian Country Cricket Championships.
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He also played in the Victorian Country Cricket League East v West All Stars series last summer, taking a five-wicket haul in each of the two games.
Joining Batters at the Red Cap this season is the returning Austen Prendergast.
The left-arm quick took 41 wickets over four seasons with the firsts before moving to Melbourne.
With last season's leading wickettaker Tom Le Lievre (26 wickets) crossing to Mt Clear, Wendouree captain Ryan Simmonds was wary his side had to step up with the ball.
"It's definitely no secret that over the past few years that we've relied pretty heavily on our batting," he said.
"We've had to look to improve our bowling and that's something we've taken a focus on this this pre-season."
Simmonds said the Red Caps would have to approach their bowling differently heading into another one-dayers only season.
"It's about making sure you have really clear plans," he said.
"It's not like two-day cricket where you can just have someone bowl 20 overs on the trot. You've got to be really specific."
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