Fin­ley with­draw from Premier Divi­sion

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The up­com­ing 2018/19 sea­son will mark the first time in 12 years that Fin­ley won’t be play­ing in the Premier Divi­sion in the Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket League.

The club will only play with a Divi­sion One and Divi­sion Two side, how­ever will field a stand alone Un­der 16s side.

Last year the Un­der 16s side com­bined with Tocumwal and Jer­ilderie, with some Jer­ilderie crick­eters still a part of the Cats’ squad.

Fin­ley will be with­out for­mer cap­tain Chris Shaw, Daniel Hib­berd and Matt Wil­son in the up­com­ing sea­son, who have all joined the Tocumwal Premier Divi­sion side.

The Divi­sion One team is ex­pected to be a younger side with a cou­ple of vet­er­ans mixed into the line-up.

Cap­tain Rus­sell An­der­son said the club de­cided to take a step back from Premier Divi­sion to pro­vide bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties for the younger player.

‘‘We haven’t won a game for two sea­sons and that’s not great when it comes to main­tain­ing play­ers.

‘‘As a club we felt mov­ing down to Divi­sion One would be bet­ter for these kids to en­joy their cricket, give them an ex­po­sure to win­ning and help their con­fi­dence.

‘‘We will even­tu­ally re­turn to Premier Divi­sion but I ex­pect us to play in Divi­sion One for at least an­other two years to see where we’re at,’’ An­der­son said.

The key play­ers for the Divi­sion One side will be Ian Armer and Ad­nan Ma­lik plus de­vel­op­ing play­ers Darcy Webb, Cougar McGrath, Dun­can Clarke and Cameron Isedale.

An­der­son added it’s hard to asses how the club will go in its first game against Katunga on Satur­day.

‘‘It’ll be a bit touch and go as the sea­son was brought for­ward a week and there will be a few play­ers miss­ing, but we will field a side.

‘‘Be­cause we didn’t have a Divi­sion One side last year I can’t say how we’ll per­form un­til we’ve come up against the com­pe­ti­tion.’’

Fin­ley will travel to the Katunga Recre­ation Re­serve for its first round 40 over match at 1pm on Satur­day..

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