Cricket resumes in February

LOCAL cricket enthusiasts will no doubt be anticipating the resumption of play on Saturday, February 6, when Staggy Creek will take on competition leaders Campbell & Freebairn Rebels and RSM will battle it out with the Royal Rats.

Of the five A grade teams entered in this year’s competition, the Rebels are on top of the ladder with 50 points, followed closely by Staggy Creek on 48, so both sides will be looking for a big win for different reasons.

CONCENTRATION: Inverell Cricket Association president and RSM batsman Steve De Gunst watches the ball closely.

Square and Compass sit in third place with 42 points, and a long way down the ladder in fourth are this year’s newcomers RSM with 25. The Rats have 11 points and the wooden spoon at this stage.

RSM and Inverell representative captain Lachlan Binnie said Staggy Creek and Campbell & Freebairn were the two strong sides in the competition.

“They’ve fought the grand final out for the last few years I think,” Binney said.

“This year Square and Compass have come up from B grade and they have been competing well. They’re a young side.

“We started the RSM side this year, a heap of young fellows. So we weren’t expecting too much, but we’re getting better and better every week. Our time will come. It’s hard starting a new side.”

Binnie said senior cricket clubs were now trying to connect with the junior cricketers to a greater degree.

“This is the future of Inverell cricket. And we haven’t been doing it for the last few years. We’ve just got this huge gap between some older fellows and the young fellows, so we’ve got to start building a little bit of a stock, I suppose,” he said.

That attempted reconnect makes this season’s statistics interesting because although Eric Higgins and Shaun Rynne hold the top spots on the best batting average ladder, with 123.00 and 83.50 respectively, the best batting figures do reveal younger talent reaching the crease.

No surprises with the top scorers so far, with Ross Chilcott (128) and Shaun Rynne (108) leading the pack.

They are, however, followed by young Sage Cook and Declan Drake, both with impressive top scores of 96 runs.

Thomas Scoble has been no slouch with the bat either. He managed a 71.67 average from only four matches, and has notched up a total of 215 runs for his team.

With the ball, Jaidon Tasker leads the best bowling figures with his spell from the first round, when he bowled eight overs to take six wickets for 14 runs with three maidens.

Tasker’s average of 6.80 is enough to see him at fourth position on the best bowling average ladder. Alexander Smith (3.8) narrowly leads the bowling averages from Ben Ellis (4.00) and Matthew Reynolds (5.60).

If that junior-senior disconnect Binnie mentioned has indeed grown, then hopefully it may not be as wide as perceived.

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