Colts’ fo­cus still on youth

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - CRICKET By CAM POT­TER

LAST year’s grand fi­nal­ists will con­tinue the de­vel­op­ment of their young core as City Colts prepare them­selves for the 2017/18 sea­son.

With the loss of Cam Not­tle to Greta and both Ja­cob Beat­tie and Hay­den Mur­ray to ACL in­juries the fo­cus on youth is more im­por­tant than ever.

The de­vel­op­ment of play­ers like Fraser El­lis, Ollie Wil­lett, Mitch Gig­gins, Will Creed and Dy­lan Adams is cru­cial.

“We need to keep im­prov­ing, we had a good year last year in mak­ing the grand fi­nal, but only one team can take out the prize; win­ning isn’t the be all and end all,” City Colts cap­tain and coach Kent Braden said.

“We want to build a suc­cess­ful and sus­tain­able cul­ture.

“An­other year of A grade cricket last year will al­low us take an­other step this sea­son.”

In more pos­i­tive news for the Colts, Jay­den Vescio will re­turn from an ACL in­jury, while Mitch Glover and Nick Steb­ny­ckyj have come on board.

LEAD­ING THE WAY: Kent Braden will once again take the reins as the Colts’ cap­tain this sea­son.

“Nick will be able to fill the spin role I tried my hand at last year,” Braden said.

“Glover will be a longer term prospect, he has had trou­ble with his hips and back.

“There is no pres­sure on him, it’s just good to see him back play­ing cricket.

“Jay­den com­ing back is huge for us, he will be given time to find his feet after com­ing back from an ACL and with an in­ter­rupted pre­sea­son be­cause of soc­cer.”

As who is burn­ing up the pre­sea­son train­ing track, Dy­lan Adams has taken his cricket to the next level ac­cord­ing to Braden.

“Dy­lan is bowl­ing at the same level he was at the end of last year,” he said.

“For some­one who took over 30 wick­ets last sea­son, to be at this level is great news for us.

“He has just gone from strength to strength and I am ex­pect­ing big things from him.

“Fraser El­lis and Ollie Wil­lett have both had footy in­ter­rupted train­ings but they’re look­ing good as well and their pro­duc­tiv­ity should go up again.”

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