Roos wel­come im­port

Wanneroo Weekender - - Front Page - Mark Don­ald­son

ROOKIE coach Joel Charles is hop­ing to pro­duce some magic for Wan­neroo in WA Premier Cricket with the help of two for­mer pro­fes­sion­als and a ris­ing County bats­man.

The Roos’ WA Premier Cricket sea­son launches on Satur­day against Fre­man­tle, with for­mer premier­ship cap­tain Charles look­ing to im­prove on the team’s 12th-place fin­ish in 2016-17.

Wan­neroo has se­cured the ser­vices of 19-year-old English first-class bats­man and na­tional U19 cap­tain Max Holden from County side Mid­dle­sex.

Holden, who will open the bat­ting, has played 11 first-class matches at an av­er­age of 42.11.

He was most re­cently on loan to Northamp­ton­shire.

In a fur­ther boost, Wan­neroo has had for­mer Test fire­brand Mitchell John­son coach­ing its bowlers, while for­mer South African pro­fes­sional H.D. Ack­er­man has taken on the bats­man in what Charles la­belled a “huge bonus for us”.

He said John­son was likely to play some T20 matches for Wan­neroo and could play the last two one-day matches before the two-day com­pe­ti­tion be­gins at the end of the month.

“He’s been re­ally good for the young blokes, he’s come down at least once a week, some­times twice, and has been there for about three hours… he is re­ally in­vested in it,” he said.

The side has also wel­comed back tal­ented pace­man Jack Cat­trall from Clare­mont Ned­lands.

Charles said Cat­trall had not been get­ting enough overs at the Tigers given he fin­ished the sea­son with the com­pe­ti­tion’s best bowl­ing av­er­age and strike rate.

He fin­ished sev­enth in the num­ber of wick­ets taken.

“He bowled prob­a­bly 10 overs a game and when you’re tak­ing that num­ber of wick­ets, you’re prob­a­bly think­ing you’re not get­ting enough op­por­tu­nity,” Charles said.

Chris­tian Smith will take over from Chris Quelch as the side’s cap­tain.

Young gun Matthew Spoors will look to take his bat­ting to the next level hav­ing signed a rookie con­tract with WA.

Charles was look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge of his first coach­ing stint.

The of­fer came as a sur­prise, with his only men­tor­ing ex­pe­ri­ence com­ing from a bat­ting de­vel­op­ment pro­gram he re­cently ran with the ju­niors.

“That was my first foray into proper coach­ing and I re­ally en­joyed it, so when they asked me to do this, I jumped at it,” he said.

“I had to do my level two ac­cred­i­ta­tion, which I did at the end of July, and off we go.”

Wan­neroo faces Fre­man­tle away on Satur­day, with the Port Boys los­ing much of their top WA tal­ent to the do­mes­tic one day se­ries.

English im­port Max Holden puts one away.

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