Come­back scut­tled

Char­ring­ton’s first grade run is a one-off

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BAR­RON River Cricket Club first grade coach Ryan Char­ring­ton will line up in the team’s first eleven to­day, but don’t call it a come­back.

Char­ring­ton in­sisted that while he was look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a hit with the boys, he would merely be “fill­ing a void” as the Bull­dogs hosts Norths at Crath­ern Park.

“I played quite se­ri­ously two years ago, but had a full knee re­con­struc­tion at the start of the year, so I’ve just been hav­ing a cou­ple of hits here and there just when the body holds up,” said Char­ring­ton.

“There’s a cou­ple of young fel­las in sec­ond grade that prob­a­bly de­serve a go, but they’re bowlers and they’ll come up (to first grade) and might get one or two overs.

“It’s bet­ter for them to stay in sec­ond grade where they can bowl their eight overs and get a fair go.

“I will prob­a­bly bat around seven or eight and prob­a­bly only bowl if needed to.”

He said Bar­ron will gain an early ad­van­tage if they can send Norths in to bat first.

“(Norths) chase re­ally, re­ally well and that’s some­thing we’ve picked up on,” he said.

“If we can get them to bat first and keep them to 150-180, I’m con­fi­dent we’ll be able to chase that to­tal down with how we’ve been bat­ting over the past cou­ple of weeks, ex­clud­ing against Mul­grave last week.”

He be­lieved Baron’s bowl­ing at­tack had the play­ers to re­strict Norths’ in-form bats.

“Jordy (Jor­dan Ful­ton) is one of the best bowlers in the comp and do­ing a great job as cap­tain this year,” he said.

“All the young fel­las re­ally re­spect and look up to him.

“Jack Gard­ner is an ab­so­lute su­per­star in the mak­ing and is bowl­ing re­ally quick.”

With just one 40-over win from seven games, Char­ring­ton said it was an un­for­tu­nate record for a team that had been “do­ing ev­ery­thing right”.

“They’ve all got the right be­hav­iours – they’re train­ing hard with the team and in their own time – but it’s just the way the swords have fallen, we just haven’t got enough Ws in the col­umn.”

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