Changes aplenty as Tigers eye history

Tayler NealeAlbany Advertiser

Railways’ quest for a historic fifth straight premiership has been strengthened with the inclusion of star batsman Mitch Green ahead of the Albany Cricket Association A-grade season, which starts on Saturday.

The Tigers add the former WACA Premier Cricket competition player, who scored 591 runs for Rockingham-Mandurah last season, including 151 against Midland-Guildford, after a dominant 2016-17 season that culminated in a record-equalling fourth straight flag.

Tigers captain Zane Marwick said Green would provide a significant boost to the side’s batting department.

“Mitch brings plenty of experience and knowledge to the team and he’ll bat up the order and score some runs for us,” he said

Collingwood Park (2005-2009) are the only other side in ACA history to have won four straight premierships and Marwick said his side was aiming to create history.

“Every team goes into the season wanting to win and we’re no different,” he said

“It’s going to take a lot of hard work right throughout the season but we’re hopeful we can bring it all together.”

The Tigers will have to fill the void left by opening batsmen Brendan Crudeli, who averaged 40.14 runs a game last season, and all-rounder Jeremy Wood, who is set to play with his home side Mt Barker after a year with the Tigers.

Brothers Tom and Matt Wolfe have moved to newly promoted Royals, while wicketkeeper Jack Steel is another loss for the Tigers.

Marwick indicated the departures provided opportunities for some of the squad’s lesser-known players to step up. “With all the outs we’ve had it gives blokes on the fringe a chance to step up and play some senior cricket and really take their chances,” he said.

The Tigers also bring in young spinner Aubin Spurr and promoted batsman Alan Pietersen.

“Aubin will bowl a lot of overs and hopefully take some wickets in the middle,” Marwick said.

“Alan will bat through the middle order for us.”

The Tigers take on Collingwood Park in round 1 on Saturday.

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