Young ta­lent bol­sters Bull­dogs

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A WIN­LESS Bar­ron River team will be well-placed to nab its first points of the Cricket Far North 40-over com­pe­ti­tion when it re­turns to Crath­ern Park to host Ather­ton this week­end.

The Bull­dogs find them­selves in a lonely spot at the bot­tom of the lad­der af­ter drop­ping the first three games of the sea­son, but cap­tain Jor­dan Ful­ton said they would be look­ing to atone for their lack­lus­tre start when they re­turned to their home wicket.

“It will be good to get back to Crath­ern (Park),” he said.

“It’s been a good ground to bat at so far this sea­son and it will be a lot bet­ter for us than go­ing up the hill and play­ing on their wicket.”

Ful­ton said the team would be bol­stered by a crop of young crick­eters who were “full of con­fi­dence” af­ter note­wor­thy in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances at last week­end’s North Queens­land Cham­pi­onships in Mackay.

He said a spe­cial per­for­mance with bat in hand would be cru­cial to the team’s chances of top­pling Ather­ton, and ear­marked Cricket Far North un­der-18 rep­re­sen­ta­tive player Dy­lan McDon­ald as a po­ten­tial stroke­maker who could step up to the oc­ca­sion.

Wick­et­keeper McDon­ald re­turns from an im­pres­sive out­ing at the North Queens­land Cham­pi­onships, where he made sev­eral handy mid­dle­order con­tri­bu­tions, in­clud­ing an ag­gres­sive 32-off-28 to help Far North Queens­land se­cure vic­tory against Mackay.

“(Dy­lan) scored 60-odd in his last out­ing for us, so hope­fully we will be able to get some runs out of him again,” Ful­ton said.

“(Cricket Far North un­der-18s rep­re­sen­ta­tive play­ers) Adam (Trewin) and Kis­han (Met­zel­ing) will be com­ing back with some con­fi­dence as well. I’m sure they’ll be want­ing to put some runs up.”

While the match could be con­sid­ered a must-win for the Bull­dogs as they search for their first scalp of the sea­son, the game is also a cru­cial fix­ture for Ather­ton, who, with a loss to Bar­ron River to­day, could fall to equal-last on the lad­der.

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