IT’S time to dust off the pads, pack your kit bag and hit the nets.
The Upper Hunter Cricket Association is gearing up for an action-packed season, with nine teams expected to vie for the crown in 2017-18.
And, it all starts from Saturday, October 7.
In 2016-17, the Warriors Cricket Club upstaged Aberdeen 2 in the decider, which went down to the final over.
Whether they can do it again is the million dollar question.
“We’re hoping to defend our title – and aiming for the three-peat,” Mac Dawson said.
“But, it’s going to be tough.
“I think we’ll see a good standard of cricket this season.
“We will be keeping a close eye on the Bulls, Rouchel, Aberdeen and new side Belltrees Bushrangers.”
Despite the Warriors’ success in recent years, Dawson admits the team is far from owning the “favourites” tag in 2017-18.
“We’re going through a transition stage,” he said.
“We’ll be a mix of seniors and juniors.
“Apart from the old heads such as Josh Noble, James Smart, Scott Lyne, David Riley and myself, we’ve got a young captain in Wil King, Jack Pennell, Joel Bates, Liam Moore and Bailey Black.
“It’s important to blood youth these days – to make sure cricket’s strong in the area for a long time to come.
“We need to ensure the development of the game.
“If we can build up the junior ranks, that’s a good start.
“Plus, we’re always looking for new players.
“Luckily, a lot of local businesses have thrown their support behind the club this season, including Scone Sports Store, Ausure, Regional Australia Bank, Dawson & Dawson, Sawyers Air Conditioning, Mitchell Spinks Electrical and Scone Spare Parts.”
If anyone is interested in joining the Warriors, phone Mac Dawson on 0432 746 716 or Wil King on 0457 158 931.