Recruits lift Pies’ prospects for fi­nals

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Tayler Neale

Den­mark Cricket Club have bol­stered their chances of play­ing fi­nals in the Al­bany Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion A-grade com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son with the ac­qui­si­tion of two tal­ented recruits.

For­mer Perth Scorchers devel­op­ment rookie Hay­den Col­lard will open the bowl­ing for the Mag­pies while English re­cruit Ju­jhar Jo­hal is ex­pected to boost the team’s bat­ting stocks.

Col­lard is a right-arm pace­man who has rep­re­sented WA in the Im­parja Cup and played for Dow­erin in the Wyalkatchem Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion last sea­son.

Mag­pies cap­tain Dan Rob­son said Col­lard would in­ject much­needed speed into the side’s bowl­ing at­tack.

“Hay­den will be a good ad­di­tion with the bat and the ball and we’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to hav­ing him on board,” he said

“He’ll add some real strength to our bowl­ing de­part­ment and pro­vide us with some gen­uine pace, which is prob­a­bly some­thing we lacked a lit­tle bit last year.”

Jo­hal, 18, is an English im­port of In­dian de­scent who hails from Birm­ing­ham and is part of the Worces­ter devel­op­ment academy.

Rob­son in­di­cated the young tal­ent would open the bat­ting.

“Ju­jhar will be our open­ing bats­man and he can also bowl some spin for us too,” he said.

The Mag­pies lose all-rounder Adam Falls for work rea­sons while for­mer open­ing bowler Brad Ste­wart will not play for the sec­ond straight sea­son be­cause of an on­go­ing knee in­jury. Left-arm swing bowler Matt El­lul has re­turned to the Mag­pies af­ter spend­ing the winter in Eng­land.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing last in the 2016-17 sea­son, the Mag­pies are bullish their off-sea­son ad­di­tions will push them into con­tention for fi­nals, ac­cord­ing to Rob­son.

“We showed last year we can be com­pet­i­tive — we beat Many­peaks a cou­ple of times and we showed some good signs,” he said

“Adding some ex­tra pol­ish to our bat­ting and our bowl­ing stocks will al­low us to push for fi­nals.

“We need to fin­ish right up there and then we can push fur­ther — we fin­ished third a cou­ple of years ago so we’re not far off.”

Pic­ture: Getty Images

Hay­den Col­lard

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