Pressure on young Vikings to stand up
ALEXANDER Thomson captain Cameron Henderson has backed his young team to fill the void created by the loss of departed star all-rounder Sean Tindale heading into today’s one-day clash with Corio.
Tindale’s departure back to England left a gaping hole in the side’s line-up, with 544 runs and 51 wickets vacating Highton Reserve.
But Henderson remains optimistic.
“At this stage we’re backing our younger players to step up,” Henderson said. “We’ve got a large number of quality young cricketers, and although Sean was a super cricketer and we’re certainly a weaker side without Sean in it, this year we are able to give some exposure to some of our younger players.”
Despite Tindale’s loss, the Vikings have kept largely the same XI that featured in GCA2 last season, with hopes younger players like left-arm seamer Brodie Coon can use their natural progression to keep the side competitive and complement more senior players like Henderson and all-rounder Michael Cox.
“The team that you pick at the start of the season very rarely finishes in the same shape, and there’s certainly a couple of guys in the seconds that are more than capable of playing senior cricket,” the Vikings skipper said.
Henderson believes last week’s outing against GuildSaints was good to get out of the way early, with his side ca- pitulating to 125 all out inside 40 overs, before skittling the Saints for 51 in a bowler friendly contest.
“Following our innings I was a little concerned, but you can’t judge a game until both sides have batted,” he said.
“It was pleasing to bowl them out so cheaply, so we took a positive out of being able to do that but by the same token we’re under no illusions we need to make more runs and giving our bowlers the best opportunity to win games.”
VETERAN: Michael Cox