County’s bet on new juniors

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The development of a crop of new junior players is the focus for North County’s 2017-18 Albany Cricket Association season, according to Bulldogs coach Neil Ferreira.

After going down by eight wickets to Railways in last season’s grand final, the Bulldogs will taper expectations this season as they blood a host of Great Southern Grammar students in the hope of creating a talented and youthful side.

GSG will not field any teams in the ACA this season and the Bulldogs have gained the services of a number of players from the school, where Ferreira teaches.

Ferreira said the Bulldogs were eyeing a longer term vision by including the juniors in their side.

“We’re going down the route of development for the new season,” he said

“We’re not aiming too high and we’re focusing on building our youngsters and giving them as many opportunities as possible.”

Seamers James Plowman, Boston Cavanagh and Jake Abbott are expected to provide the Bulldogs with some fresh bowling options while Aiden Willis is an all-rounder who bowls leg spin.

Ferreira said he was also hopeful of WA under-15 State Schoolboys all-rounder Harry Crane playing along with his two sons Michael and Matthew Ferreira.

The Bulldogs will be without all-rounder Harry Broomhall for the new season after he decided to move to Manypeaks, his third club in as many years.

Broomhall was a key player in 2016-17 for the Bulldogs, scoring 276 runs and taking 20 wickets.

Ferreira said the side would face some tough games throughout the season.

“We will struggle at times but we’re hoping we can start building a healthy club from the bottom up,” he said.

“We want to develop and really turn this club into one that promotes junior development.”

County have a bye in round 1 and come up against the Tigers in the first match of the season.

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