Forg­ing a path to­gether

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - OUT & ABOUT - MATTHEW SAL­MONS

Green­dale and South Malvern Cricket Clubs are putting past ri­val­ries aside in a player shar­ing deal to en­sure the fu­ture of both clubs.

The player shar­ing agree­ment will see Green­dale forgo their Premier sta­tus, drop­ping to the Se­nior Grade.

Mean­while South Malvern’s se­nior play­ers will move to play at Darfield’s grass turf to meet Can­ter­bury Cricket re­quire­ments. The club’s name will change to Darfield/South Malvern (DSM) to re­flect that.

DSM ju­niors will con­tinue to play at Glen­tun­nel.

Green­dale club sec­re­tary Re­gan Dal­ley said the move was for the best.

‘‘It needed to hap­pen or both clubs would have been rel­e­gated to the se­nior grade. We’ve got too many good young play­ers in this area for that to hap­pen.’’

Work on the player shar­ing agree­ment be­gan in Novem­ber, af­ter both clubs faced tough loses.

‘‘We’ll have three or four play­ers play­ing for Darfield/ South Malvern and they’ll make play­ers avail­able to fill any gaps we might have.’’

Dal­ley said it was im­por­tant to main­tain a path­way to se­nior grade, on­ward to the premier grade and be­yond for the area’s young tal­ent.

Al­though the two clubs had an his­toric ri­valry, Dal­ley said it had be­come much friend­lier over re­cent years.

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The South Malvern Cricket Club in 2014.

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