Big cricket season ahead after early roadblocks
DESPITE encountering a couple of significant stumbling blocks in the lead up, Wangaratta and District Cricket Association president Justin Triffitt is looking forward to an action packed summer.
The WDCA’s A grade competition has been reduced by two teams, from 11 down to nine, following the departure of Corowa to Cricket Albury Wodonga and the merger between Benalla Bushrangers and Benalla Violet Town United.
“That definitely made things tricky going into this season,” Triffitt said.
“With Corowa’s move, we would have liked them to have stayed, but there is no animosity there – we had good discus- sions with them beforehand.
“And the merger was a bit of a last minute thing.
“Benalla Violet Town United was on the verge of collapsing, so a merger was the best solution for them.
“So we’ve had a few challenges, but the positives have outweighed
ROVERS United Bruck has landed a major recruit ahead of the upcoming Wangaratta and District Cricket Association season, signing towering English spinner Joe Thomas.
Thomas, who measures in at 6’7”, is a left arm orthodox spinner and already has plenty of experience under his belt at the age of 21.
Rising through the ranks at home club Great & Little Tew CC in the Home Counties Premier Cricket League, Thomas enjoyed his best season playing first XI in 2017, finishing with 37 wickets at 14.22, with a strike rate of 29.19.
He also played in the Minor Counties Cricket Championship with Oxfordshire and has taken the wicket of New Zealand Test batsman Jeet Raval.
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Among the positives has been the reintroduction of the A reserve grade for this season.
“We ended up with 16 teams in B grade last season playing in two conferences,” Triffitt said.
“The powerhouse clubs the had two teams and they were playing against one another in the finals, so we wanted to get away from that.
“By bringing back A reserve we can have a more even competition at every grade, and it also gives us a stronger pathway towards A grade cricket for the players coming up through the ranks.”
WICKET TAKER: Joe Thomas (far right) celebrates a wicket back home in England playing for Great & Little Tew CC.