Hoping for a fresh start, they BLU it
FOLLOWING an at-times frustrating and middling 2015-16 season, Bamawm-Lockington United opened the 2016-17 summer on Saturday with a 67-run loss at home against Kyabram Fire Brigade.
BLU A grade captain Josh Cairns said while the team was keen to be back on the field, it was a disappointing result with which to start the season.
However, Cairns added that he wouldn’t have batted first if he had won the toss instead of his Kyabram counterpart Dan Kent.
‘‘We normally chase okay but it was just one of those days,’’ he said.
The Bamawm Oval surface was in good nick given it had little footy on it for some weeks, and the Fire Brigade total of 9/159 from 45 overs was, Cairns said, ‘‘extremely gettable’’.
Nevertheless, while the stick-inhand side of the XI found trouble, the BLU bowlers had a great start with Jason Turner taking 4/22 from nine overs, while Jeremy Felmingham and English import Luke Deeprose claimed two wickets each.
As Rochester Tigers president Ray George had said pre-season, the impact of international players had become a basic and beneficial way to bolster district cricket in the 21st century.
Cairns agreed when you can have close to a third of a batting order from outside Australia, difference.
‘‘Definitely for us cause,’’ he said.
‘‘Particularly with (us) not having a large amount of numbers around Bamawm.’’
Cairns considered that the addition of import players did not dampen or dilute local enthusiasm, though. Instead, it lifted the standard of the entire competition.
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it made a big it helps the bat saw the locals stagger from 8/55 to 92 all out, with only four batsmen making more than 10.
It was a combination of brilliant Kyabram bowling and poor batting from BLU.
‘‘Kyabram bowled really well but the balls were there to be hit,’’ Cairns said.
‘‘We didn’t apply ourselves long enough (and) unfortunately we never quite got started. They kept us pretty pinned down.’’