Cricket club keen to get runs on the board

Kalamunda Reporter - - News -

KALAMUNDA Cricket Club’s com­mit­tee is work­ing hard to move the club for­ward and build up its se­nior ranks fol­low­ing a drop in num­bers.

Sec­re­tary David Arm­strong said ju­nior cricket had al­ways been the strength of the club and it wanted to build suc­cess­ful ju­nior teams that would tran­si­tion into se­nior cricket.

“Se­nior cricket is ob­vi­ously a fo­cus as well, with a new coach and a cou­ple of se­nior play­ers re­cruited for the com­ing sea­son,” Arm­strong said.

“Roshan Ju­ran­ga­p­a­thy is the coach and he has played for Sri Lanka in the past.

“The rea­son for the changes is the loss of a num­ber of se­nior play­ers and com­mit­tee mem­bers from when I first started at the club in 2010. This turnover is the re­al­ity of com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

He said the com­mit­tee was also try­ing to over­come losses as a re­sult of the Kostera Oval re­de­vel­op­ment, which cost it a full sea­son of home games and a month of the past sea­son.

“The com­mit­tee hopes to achieve a de­gree of sta­bil­ity, an ad­di­tional se­nior team and for both ju­nior and se­nior cricket to re­ally thrive at the new Kostera Oval,” he said.

“We are also hope­ful of play­ing two games at the fa­cil­ity in the medium term.”

Arm­strong said the club had been pro­moted to sec­ond-grade Sub­ur­ban Turf and fifth-grade Pre­mier­ship from last sea­son.

He said the suc­cess en­joyed by all three sides last sea­son was a morale-booster af­ter the sea­son away from home.

The club cur­rently has three se­nior teams and hopes to add a fourth in the long term.

Peo­ple can sign up to play cricket on­line at http://play­cricket.com.au/club-fin­der/club-de­tails?id=2055.

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Kalamunda’s sixth-grade side were the 2016/17 cham­pi­ons.

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