Young talent bolsters Bulldogs
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.