Pres­sure on young Vik­ings to stand up

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT - JOSH CON­WAY GCA3

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

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