Captains rise to occasion

Fresh and familiar faces will step up as the captains of this year’s Highlands first grade cricket teams.

The captains met their new teams when cricket season commenced on October 7.

This year’s first grade captain for the Robertson-Burrawang Club is Mitchell Wright.

Wright said he looked forward to seeing new players reach their potential during the season.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing a few younger guys stepping up this season, and putting a complete performance together with bat and ball,” Wright said.

“Our goal is taking home the silverware in March.”

Grant Pike will return to his position of first grade captain for Wingello Cricket Club.

Pike said while the team had a lot of strengths such as its bowling, there was always room for improvement.

“Our bowling is our strength,” Pike said.

Our goal is taking home the silverware in March.

Robertson first grade captain Mitchell Wright

“I’ve been captain for the last four seasons working with a good bunch of blokes with lots of potential. It’s disappointing that we haven’t reached [our potential] yet.

“We need to get into the grind this season.”

The Wingello team has picked up two new batsmen including Scott Woods and Warwick Tremain. 

This year’s Bowral Cricket Club first grade captain is Chris Weller.

Weller will lead a new combination of players for the Bowral team, with plenty of fresh first grade talent in the mix.

“We have lots of younger kids coming through the ranks,” he said. 

“I’m looking forward to seeing how they step up to first grade cricket, and seeing these young kids develop.”

Weller said he hoped to see the team achieve bigger and better things in this year’s competition.

“We ended up finishing second last year, we’d love to go one better this year,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to seeing them get really competitive.

“Our key strength is bowling. We’re a batter or two short, depending on availability. If we get those guys [the batters], we’d be an all-round team.” 

Joel Gorring will take his place as the Mittagong first grade captain this year.

The team has two fresh faces on board, and has committed to building on the skills the core team developed last year.

“We’re building our strengths in first grade,” Gorring said.

“We’re no longer struggling for numbers. We’ve kept the core group.

“We’re aiming to finish on top at number one.”

While Mittagong did not come away with the result it wanted last weekend, it came out with a sense of determination for the rest of the season.

“We had a pretty good start to the season,” he said. “I’m unhappy we didn’t win, but there are lots of positives. “We’re looking forward to getting into the weekend grind, and trying to play these teams.”

Cricket will continue for juniors and seniors on October 14.