New season brings new hopes for HDCA season
THE Hamilton and District Cricket Association 2017-18 season begins today with four one-day matches being played to get the A grade competition underway.
A lot has happened since St Andrew’s defeated Macarthur to win the Dundas Cup in March, mainly player movements with some of the league’s finest moved clubs, or, moved on.
An air of excitement comes with the inclusion of Casterton into A grade.
The Maroons won everything before them in B grade last season and there is a strong belief from inside and outside the club, that the association’s newest A grade team can be a real threat.
Pigeon Ponds carried that same confidence when stepping up last season, but early losses and key injuries meant taking a different tact. The Ponds will have learnt a lot from last season, in particular the youth brigade coming through, and with wicketkeeper and class middle-order batsman Simon Close returning home, his hard working ways should rub off on the juniors.
Heinrich Joyce, back-to-back winner of the P.F. Christie Trophy, has moved from the region, while Lachie Field, fresh off a strong all-round showing for the Victorian under-17s team, will play for Geelong Cricket Club this season.