Co­bram keen for the top prize

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT - By Pa­trick Tansey

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.

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