Cobram keen for the top prize
Cobram Cricket Club is looking to usurp rival Barooga Cricket Club from the Murray Valley Cricket Association throne this season.
It will this weekend begin its quest against last year’s grand finalist, Deniliquin.
The Tigers are under new leadership this season, with allrounder Adam De Cicco stepping up to the role of captain, while James Daniel will be his deputy.
Cobram president Paul Hyde said De Cicco was an obvious candidate for the job and had settled into the important position well.
‘‘He’s looking really good at the moment.’’
‘‘I believe he’s a natural born leader and I’m expecting him to do really well in the role,’’ he said.
From last season, the Tigers have lost key batsman Ash Saunders, who has retired due to work commitments, and tweaker Nic Hoban.
It is still up in the air whether all-rounder Tyron Baden pulls on the whites again.
‘‘He trained last week but you just don’t know with him.’’
‘‘He says he’s retired and not going to play but that remains to be seen,’’ Hyde said.
The Tigers will have a strong South African flavour this year.
New recruits Wian Van Zyl and Ewald Roberts flew in from Johannesburg last week just in time for round one.
Hyde said both players were targeted to address specific needs in the Tigers’ line-up.
‘‘They both played in England last year and are both allrounders, they’re both young blokes,’’ he said.
‘‘They’re both 21 and pretty capable batsmen and reasonable with the ball.’’
‘‘One is a medium pacer and the other is a spinner,’’ he said.
Looking at the rest of the competition, Hyde expected his boys to be around the same mark again this year; they finished fourth last season. They considered last year’s premiers and crossriver rivals Barooga to be the team to beat again.
‘‘They (Barooga) will shape up fairly well again but I think we will be thereabouts as well.’’
‘‘We’ve got some good young cricketers in Izac Artavilla and Lachlan Hyde and guys like that and a few up-and-comers,’’ he said.
‘‘We will promote the kids because they’re obviously our future.’’
Gearing up: Cobram Cricket Club’s Darcy McCormack and new captain Adam De Cicco are raring to go for the new Murray Valley Cricket Association season.