A new-look DDCA season begins with a round of T20s in Hay tomorrow. Teams are expected to play two games each.
The 2013/14 Deniliquin District Cricket Association season begins tomorrow with a round of T20 matches at Hay.
All four teams - RSL/West Diggers, Hay, Juniors Combine, and RSL/West Cannons - will make the trip north for the opening round.
The following two weekends will also be T20 games, with the T20 finals to be held in Deniliquin on November 2.
Here is how the teams are shaping up so far:
The list: Brad Todd, Chris Pyle, Brodie Bennett, Colin Thompson (c), Ash Germano, Rob Resuggan, Chris Maher, Davey Leetham, Troy Leetham, Broden Larcombe, Steven Scott, Jack Godfrey, Mitch Jefferies, Kevin Gittens, Sean Owen, Phil Burn, Tang Williams, Nick Palmer, Brett Rose and Michael Norman.
Gains: Mitch Jefferies, Ash Germano, Davey Leetham, Troy Leetham.
Losses: Trevor Briggs, Justin Parker and Shane Gittens.
Last season: Struggled for most of the season and took out the wooden spoon. Showed glimpses of brilliance here and there.
This season: Will lose a handful of players to the Rhinos each week and will rely on its younger players to stand up. Briggs has gone to Northern United (the combined Mathoura and Bunnaloo side), but the return of Troy and Davey Leetham will hold the Combine in good stead.
The list: Oliver Maddison, Josh Whelan (c), Jake Barnett, Nick Howe, Jake Cavallaro, Beau Close, Eddie Draffin, Jack Tyndall, Ash Morris, Tom Edwards, Mark Panton, Nick Glowrey, Mick Barnett, Lachie MacDonald, Oliver Draffin and Mitch O’Brien.
This season: Were formed to save the DDCA and boast a list laced with potential. Players like Maddison, Morris and Oliver Draffin are capable of matching it with the best batsmen in the competition, while Whelan, Eddie Draffin, O’Brien and Edwards can be damaging with the ball. Will no doubt be rusty to begin with but should get better as the season goes on.
The list: Dean Edge, Ben Holmes, Scott Wall, Ian Bunyan (c), Conrad McGinty, Jesse Thompson, Luke Arandt, Jodie Hicks, Jacob Watkin, Glen Caldow, Ben Aylett, Billy Auldist, Mick Harrington, Blake Aylett, Scott Dickson, Zac Molloy.
Gains: Scott Dickson.
Losses: Mick Howard and Jason Bunyan.
Last season: Were strong in both competitions last season, with the A-graders dropping out in the semi finals and the B-graders losing the grand final.
This season: Club great Howard will be sorely missed and Edge will play for the Rhinos most weeks, but Hay should still be a strong force in the new single tier competition. Star teenager Jodie Hicks will be one to watch.
The list: Pat Keane (c), Brenton Loudon, Tim Hillier, Andrew Hogan, Brian King, Matt Robinson, Scott Checkley, Anthony Bradley, Boddie Arthur, Ted Eason, Daniel Nisbet, Scott Howard, Ben Nisbet, Kyle Ives, Peter Lewis, Rick Parkes, Sandeep Reddy, Mark Rourke, Matt Johnson, Jonty Tubb and Ben Irwin.
Gains: Matt Johnson, Jonty Tubb, Ben Irwin.
Losses: Mitch O’Brien, Oliver Draffin, Brayden Hall and Ranji Oliver.
Last season: The A-graders stormed through the season to collect the minor premiership before crashing out in the finals yet again. The B grade side, on the other hand, dominated the competition to easily win back-to-back premierships.
This season: The Cannons have a long list but a large portion of their best players will line up for the Rhinos each week. Opening batsman Keane will lead the side, which has picked up left-arm bowler Johnson and young pair Tubb and Irwin. The loss of Draffin and O’Brien to the Diggers will sting, but the Cannons will still be the stronger of the two RSL sides.
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