SALE CITY will continue to promote its youth as it looks to further progress up the ladder in season 2013-14 of Sale-Maffra cricket.
While Brad Rodgers has departed for Lucknow, the Lizards have managed to retain the majority of last year’s senior list.
Jarryd Floyd will captain the first grade side, which will be boosted by the inclusion of Englishmen Scott Howarth and Ben Tyler.
An all-rounder, Tyler has previously played for the club while Howarth adds another fast bowling option to the Lizards attack.
Floyd recruited the pair while visiting brother Lachie, who played in England over the off-season and is also expected to form part of the Lizards attack.
“Jarryd watched them play and he said, these are the blokes that I want in my side,” club secretary Ray Floyd said.
Floyd said the club would field a first grade and second grade side, with the possibility of a fourth grade team depending on numbers.
“The club outlook is to have seniors in the afternoon and juniors in the morning; that’s our philosophy,” he said.
“We don’t want to fill (our fourth grade side) with 12 and 13-year-olds, so if we don’t get the numbers, we will give away the bottom side.”
Floyd said the future of club looked bright, with its junior teams predicted to be strong again.
“We have a young leadership group to look after things on and off the field,” he said.
“The 21 to 22-year-olds, they are the future of the club for years to come and will have input into what happens at the club.
“Our juniors will be strong again. We are just getting a bit jack of other clubs looking at our juniors and poaching them, after all of the hard work and support.”
COLLEGIANS will also look for further development of its youth in its push to play finals cricket.
President Jim Collins said Mark Nichols had been reappointed captain-coach, with things looking positive both on and off field for the coming season.
“We’re looking good with numbers for four teams,” he said.
“We held our fundraiser, the Calcutta, last night (Thursday) and everything is going well.”
Collins said the club would aim to further develop some of its talented youngsters that featured in first grade last year, while also hoping to develop the likes of Mitch Thacker and Jesse and Ben Collins for first and second grade cricket.
“We want to develop those guys and really make it a family club,” he said.
“We’ve probably got six to eight young kids coming through, and we will be hoping Ben Hurley and Sam Morelli can be the mainstays to work with those guys.”
Boosted by English all-rounder Michael Cafferkey, Collins said the club would be aiming to play finals cricket.
“We want to build on our results from last year,” he said.
“We lost games we probably shouldn’t have, but also won games we didn’t expect to.
“So we will be aiming for more consistency and pushing for finals cricket for sure.”
SALE will also look for more consistency as it makes a push towards playing finals.
Improving last season to win five games, Sale will be hoping for more consistency from its younger players as they make a push towards finals cricket.
Ian Wrigglesworth will again lead Sale’s young first grade team, with young Englishmen Nico Watt returning to play for the club for a second season.
Watt, an all-rounder who vice captains his English cricket club Wigton, recently scored his maiden century in the North Lancashire and Cumbria Cricket League. He was also more than handy with the ball, picking up 34 wickets throughout the season with his leg spin bowling.
As well as playing cricket for the young Sale team this summer, Watt will also be sharing his time and cricket knowledge with the club’s juniors. He has taken the role of assistant coach for Sale Cricket Club’s under 14s and will also lend a hand to the club’s under 11s, 12s and 16s.
“I am very happy to be back at the Sale Cricket Club and I am grateful to all those who made it possible for me to come back” Watt said.
“I can’t wait for the season to start and I’m looking forward to what will hopefully be a successful season for all at the Sale Cricket Club.”
A FIRST grade semi-finalist last year, Maffra will be hoping for a strong showing in all grades this season.
President Fiona Thackray said the club would field four senior sides, along with three junior teams.
John McLaverty and Kevin Lanigan remain secretary and treasurer respectively, with Rob Rowley and Fred Engellenner vice-presidents.
“We have a strong committee and strong support within the club,” Thackray said.
“The feeling is positive, for all grades.”
Thackray said the club was hoping for further development of its junior players, with a core group of senior players who have been at the club since junior level to lead them.
“We are hoping our juniors get some good opportunities in our senior grades,” she said.
“Some of our older juniors, we are hoping for big results from them.”
A big wicket taker last season, Ben Durrant has relocated to Melbourne and will not return to play for the club.
BOISDALE-BRIAGOLONG will be hoping to build on its finals appearance last year, with Daniel Cameron returning to the club after four seasons at Maffra.
President Daniel Murphy said the club had recruited well, with the addition of keeper-opening batsman Cameron along with an English import.
Mick Roberts will again coach, while Dylan Bolton remains captain for the Saints.
“We also have some young players coming through, such as Tom Langshaw, and Louis Howard, who will play A grade all year,” Murphy said.
“We have some new players, we have picked up a few other players in our lower grades so we have recruited well.”
The Saints will also field second and fourth grade sides.
Murphy said the club would be hoping to build on its finals appearance last season.
“I think the aim for us will be a grand final (appearance),” he said.
“We will certainly be hoping to improve.”
ROSEDALE-KILMANY will be looking to take the next step and play finals cricket under new captain Brad Scott.
President Rohan Mayne said Sam Lucas-Laws had crossed from Sale City, while the club also hoped to attract an English import.
“We are hopeful of getting an English lad out again, but there is still some water to go across before that is signed off,” he said.
“The guys were disappointed missing out last year and hopefully they can go one better this year and get in there.”
Ian Freshwater will lead the Warriors’ second grade side, while Cam Mayne will captain the thirds.
Mayne said the club was looking for many of its younger players to step up.
“We have a young group in A grade,” he said.
“Our oldest is 28 so hopefully they can get it together and go well.
“We are also expecting the likes of Tom and Isaac Love and Tim Dessent to come through.
FINISHING runner-up last season, Stratford will be hoping to go one better.
Sam Anstee has been appointed coach, while Travis Millar will take the first grade captaincy for the first time. The club has also secured the services of a batsman in import Ben Shepparton.
President Neil Tatterson said the club also had a good mix of youth to complement its experienced players.
“We’re looking pretty good, we haven’t lost too many I don’t think,” he said.
“We have some good young ones coming through.
“Taylor Tatterson, Jack Rietschel and Zac Penn are good young players; they are three teenagers who would feature I would imagine.
“Simon Waixel has been appointed our under 12s coach and it’s going to be a major focus to get our juniors up and running.”
DESPITE losing a few key players, reigning premier Bundalaguah will still be expecting to play finals cricket.
Aaron Lynch will play at Lucknow, while Joel Powell will take most of the season off to focus on building a house and English import Michael Jones will not return.
Matt Dowsett will again lead the first grade team.
Despite losing a few key players, Bundalaguah have some strong players from last seasons second grade side that will be more than capable of stepping up.
President Robert Smart said the club was tracking well, with numbers to field four teams this season.
Sale City first grade captain Jarryd Floyd invited Scott Howarth and Ben Tyler to play with the club after watching them play in England while visiting brother Lachie, who is also home to play with the club.
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