Devel­op­ment of tal­ent key for sea­son

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport - Tari Jef­fers

THERE will be a fo­cus on fos­ter­ing young tal­ent in the War­ren Black­wood Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion this sea­son.

The 2017/18 cricket sea­son kicks off the week­end of Oc­to­ber 21/22, when the as­so­ci­a­tion’s seven teams will start their bat­tle for the top of the lad­der.

In ad­di­tion to watch­ing promis­ing young tal­ent de­velop, as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Meryon Mont­gomery said there were many things he was look­ing for­ward to this sea­son.

“I’d like to see if Man­jimup, Forestry and Pem­ber­ton can break into fi­nals ac­tion,” he said.

Reign­ing cham­pion Bridgetown Cricket Club is look­ing to re­peat last year’s per­for­mance and bring as many juniors and re­turn­ing tal­ent through the sys­tem as pos­si­ble, ac­cord­ing to club spokesman Dar­ren Tas­sos.

“I think we got a glimpse of Tom Sher­well’s tal­ent in the fi­nals last year so we are look­ing for­ward to him con­tin­u­ing on from there,” he said.

“Former Don­ny­brook-Black­wood Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion lead­ing wicket taker Hugh Mitchell will be re­turn­ing to bol­ster the bowl­ing stocks, adding to Kym Gar­diner, Mitch Cloth­ier and Si­mon Dun­can, to give cap­tain Shane Glancy plenty of po­tency with the ball. “The ex­pe­ri­ence of 200-gamers Matt Tas­sos and Shane Glancy will pro­vide plenty of bat­ting depth in the mid­dle or­der.”

Mont­gomery said de­spite chal­lenges of teams’ age­ing play­ers, the com­mit­tee was pos­i­tive about the fu­ture of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

“It’s about en­cour­ag­ing younger play­ers to step up and take on lead­er­ship roles,” he said.

“I’m also want­ing to see much more co­or­di­na­tion with the ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion to en­sure that you get play­ers to tran­si­tion into the se­nior com­pe­ti­tion.”

Tas­sos said from Bridgetown’s per­spec­tive in be­ing in­volved with the WBCA for only two sea­sons, there was a strong and proud cul­ture within the as­so­ci­a­tion.

“In par­tic­u­lar, tak­ing 30-plus crick­eters to Coun­try Week from a sev­en­team com­pe­ti­tion, I think that’s out­stand­ing,” he said.

“I think it’s a great com­pe­ti­tion and we at Bridgetown are happy to be part of it and hope­fully make it stronger still.”

There will also be a T20 com­pe­ti­tion held on De­cem­ber 16 and 17.

Boyup Brook, Bridgetown, Din­gup, Forestry, Man­jimup, North­cliffe and Pem­ber­ton cricket clubs are all still wel­com­ing play­ers.

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