New kids on block face off on turf

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Mt Barker captain Jeremy Wood is confident his side can keep building on their performances as they prepare to tackle Royals, the other side who joined the A-grade competition this season, at Turf West on Saturday.

The Bulls were buoyed by their bowling effort against defending premiers Railways last week as they removed them for 129 but fell short with the bat to be all out for 97 in reply, and Wood believes his side will continue to improve as the season progresses.

“I think we let an opportunity slip with the way we batted against Railways,” Wood said.

“We bowled well but I think we can still bowl a bit better and sundries cost us in the end.

“I’m pretty excited by what we can produce in the next couple of months, we’ve got guys who haven’t really played on turf so we have a lot to learn but there is plenty of upside there.”

This Saturday, in round 5 of the Albany Cricket Association A-grade season, the Bulls come up against the Lions for the first time since the pair joined the competition.

Wood confirmed they would be without Todd Hammond and Jason Jones through work commitments and expected a tight match against the young Lions.

“Royals are quite a danger side, they beat Collingwood Park and got close to Denmark,” he said.

“The competition is pretty close, you can’t take any side lightly.”

The Lions will welcome back opener Cohen Chapman on Saturday, leading to a likely batting order reshuffle but skipper Jack Hastie backed his young chargers to challenge again for a win.

“Both clubs have shown that we can really mix it with the better teams and that’s great to see from the two newest teams,” he said.

“Drop catches or a couple of good balls is all that is separating the competition as this stage and it’s great for the competition. Mt Barker will be another great test for our young guys who have shown thus far the extra responsibility doesn’t faze them and the boys are thriving in their roles.”

Hastie was confident batsman Digby Nuthall (averaging 34) and Matt Wolfe (30.5) could continue to set the tone at the top of the order.

In the other fixtures, the Tigers host Manypeaks at Turf North and the Magpies will be aiming to string consecutive wins together when they play North County at McLean Park.

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