Young guns step up

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Bridgetown Cricket Club will be looking to retain its Warren Blackwood Cricket Association title.
Camera IconBridgetown Cricket Club will be looking to retain its Warren Blackwood Cricket Association title. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

The Warren-Blackwood Cricket Association will hit the pitch for its opening weekend this Saturday.

Association president Meryon Montgomery said he was excited to see young talent continue to emerge.

“There are a few young players who made a bit of a step up last year and I’m looking forward to see if they can continue their progression this year,” he said.

Montgomery said he thought that Bridgetown would be hard to beat this season and were the form side going into the competition.

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“Based on what we saw last year, Pemberton and Forestry will be wanting to challenge that and I wouldn’t put it past the other sides if they can get a bit of a run on” he said.

Reigning champions Bridgetown will play Boyup Brook at home, and will be looking to start their title defence well against last season’s wooden spooners.

Bridgetown club president Darren Tassos said his club was keen to get the season under way.

“It will be good to finally play some sport, not having any footy this year, so I think all the guys are pretty keen to go again, although a few of us are getting a bit older,” he said.

A successful title defence would see Bridgetown claim their fifth title in a row.

“You’re never confident of winning, you’re confident in your own ability to play well and whether that’s good enough, I guess we’ll find out,” Tassos said.

“Getting to four in a row is hard work, getting to five in a row is a pretty special feat — to get to five you’ve got to make sure you really take your opportunities.”

In the weekend’s other fixtures, last year’s runner-up Pemberton will host Manjimup at home while Forestry host Northcliffe at Collier Street.

Montgomery said anyone wanting to play cricket should contact their local club.

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