FAM­ILY COMES FIRST

Grow­ing home life sees Knight step away from Lak­ers ahead of sea­son

Wangaratta Chronicle - - SPORT -

CRICKET United Bruck.

New cap­tain-coach Josh Lawrence con­firmed that he would have Knight to lean on in the mid­dle order this sea­son.

“I was hop­ing to keep that one a bit quiet,” he said.

“Knighta is go­ing to have a year off – they’ve just had their third baby so they’ve got a bit on their plate at the mo­ment.

“Ob­vi­ously his ab­sence will leave a fairly big hole in the side but we are con­fi­dent we’ve got the tal­ent to cover him.

“We’ve got ex­cit­ing young tal­ent at the club and we also get Zach Moore back who didn’t play at all last sea­son.”

Knight is the only mem­ber of last year’s side who won’t fea­ture this year with open­ing bowler An­gus McMil­lan es­cap­ing se­ri­ous in­jury af­ter hurt­ing his knee play­ing foot­ball.

Lawrence said there was real con­cern McMil­lan had rup­tured his ACL ini­tially but was re­lieved that wasn’t the case.

“He did in­jure it dur­ing the footy sea­son but he has been given the all clear,” he said. Con­tin­ued page 22

YAR­RA­WONGA Mul­wala’s de­fence of the Ge­off Welch Cup has taken an early hit with star bats­man Matt Knight tak­ing a year off to spend more time with his grow­ing fam­ily.

Knight and his wife re­cently wel­comed their third child into the world and be­tween work and fam­ily, the star left han­der has opted to take a break from the game.

A four-time premier­ship player with the Lak­ers, Knight has played a num­ber of star­ring roles in those pre­mier­ships, in­clud­ing an un­beaten knock in the 2015/16 ti­tle win over Rovers

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