A DYNASTY has been hatched within the Bendigo Bank HDCA A grade this summer and many supporters would not have even noticed.
Hamilton CC has been brave and selected its A grade side with an eye to the future, as the club has pushed its young stars into the limelight with the guidance of the clubs most senior players.
With three veterans leading the way for the youngsters, skipper Anthony Read, opening batsman Robbie Cook, strike bowler Cam Templeton and a club board that has taken the choice to invest in their future and not look to win trophies at every opportunity, Hamilton is building the foundations for future success.
With top order players such as Tom Feely, Mitch Lang and Joel Tully all making great strides in their development this summer, the team has won four matches this summer and was in position to win a further four games but failed to grasp their opportunities when they arose.
Cook led the way with the bat, but he too failed to post 300 runs for the season, which must remain at least a pass mark for a top order batsman in this competition.
His fellow top six batsmen all managed to pass 100 runs, but now they must build upon that level and look to pass 250 runs apiece next season.
If they can all do this, Hamilton will win more matches than it loses.
The bowlers were also on a steep learning curve with Aaron Jenkins, Josh Nield and Shannon Jaeschke all gaining more than 10 wickets for the year.
Read led the way with the ball in claiming 26 wickets with a combination of pace bowling and leg spin. but it will be with his leg spin that the team will gain the most from his services in the future as Jenkins, Nield and Daniel Richardson develop more and more.
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