Fierce clashes expected from four

2014-10-02 00:00

ONLY four teams are involved in the Mascor Midlands Country District Cricket League starting on October 12, yet competition is expected to be fierce.

The four sides — Eston, Richmond, Mooi River and Noodsberg — have formed the core of the league over past seasons and defending champions Eston have no intention of losing their grip on the trophy.

They are under the leadership of veteran Scott Hosking, who has a more than handy outfit to control. One player to watch is lanky fast bowler Mark Boast who has been putting in the yards during the off-season, working hard in the nets, ready to add pace and hostility to Eston’s attack.

Mooi River will provide strong opposition as current 20/20 league champions plus they have a new skipper in Pug Pelser. He has great support from Dan Greene and Travis Butler, veteran districts players, who will prove invaluable in trying to wrestle the league title from Eston.

Noodsberg have Anton Burger in charge who enjoyed a superb season last time around. If he continues in the same vein, his example could spur his troops to greater heights and achievements.

Scuffers Vaughn-Davies will add value to the Noodsberg batting, his booming cover drives over cow corner sometimes the difference between winning and losing.

Richmond will be guided by Hendrik Marais, who leads for the first time but he has the support of one of the league’s evergreen characters in Paul Howells who has been groundsman, selector, cook, barman and player for the club.

Recent seasons have been a little bleak for Richmond but they are due to come good and this could be their time.

Mascor PMB have come on board as league sponsors for the second year, contributing toward all balls, the hiring of grounds and awards at the end of the season.

Cricket in the Midlands is still played with spirit and camaraderie, with the players enjoying each other’s company after a tough day out in the middle. With only four teams in the league, a Midlands team are not represented in the Inland Premier League, but rest assured, country districts cricket is alive, strong and well.

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