Crudeli has faith in young squad

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser
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Newly appointed Albany Cricket Association first XI captain Nathan Crudeli has backed his relatively young squad as serious contenders for a 15th Boan Cup when the senior country week cricket tournament begins in Perth on Sunday.

The ACA has won the Boan Cup, awarded to the winning team of the A-section, on 14 occasions since it was introduced in 1920 but the Whalers have failed to make the final in the past three years.

The Whalers will field one of their most inexperienced first XI teams in recent history as they look to better last year’s performance of finishing third in their pool and missing a place in the final.

Harry Broomhall, Brendan Crudeli, Josh Duane, Tim Edmunds, Brendan Grogan and Craig Tonkin have all made way from last year’s team with top order batsman Matt Walters, English all-rounder Jujhar Johal and youngsters Aidan Dallimore, Aubin Spurr, Ted Batchelor, Michael Ferreira and Harry Crane the inclusions.

Despite a host of young players stepping up for their first XI debuts, Crudeli said his side were happy to prove the critics wrong with their performances over the next week.

“We are a young, exciting team that will be busy in the field,” he said.

“They are all ready for it and will get their opportunity to impress.

“In saying that, we’ve still got a decent amount of experience and we will rely on that throughout the week.

“Hopefully Nathan Dovey can carry on his terrific local form and I think our bowlers will win us games.

“We have three to four handy seamers and a couple of good spinners.”

Spinner Jujhar Johal will play a key role with the ball for the Whalers.
Camera IconSpinner Jujhar Johal will play a key role with the ball for the Whalers. Credit: Albany Advertiser

The format this year has changed slightly, with teams playing three pool matches before finals on the last two days.

The Whalers face Geraldton on Sunday morning at Burrendah Reserve before tackling West Pilbara at RA Cook Reserve on Monday and then Peel on Tuesday.

“You’ve got to win the first game, you are always chasing if you lose that first one,” Crudeli said.

“I want us to be on the money in the first game and carry that momentum through the week.

“I’m really excited about being captain and I’ll be looking to get myself some scores and wickets on the board to help the team.”

Albany will also field teams in the B-section and E-section of the annual tournament.

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