BEAUTY POINT V LEGANA
BEAUTY Point will begin the defence of its TCL A-grade premiership from last season when it takes on Legana tomorrow in the first round after a rain-delayed season start.
Beauty Point captain Jason Savage said the club had covered its losses from last season having recruited Riverside all-rounder Beau Hills, Westbury bowler Alex Wadley and batsman David Phundt who joins the club after a year off.
Former Mowbray second grade captain Leigh Bishop will be another addition in the coming weeks.
"It will be good to get started but the extra two weeks have given us a bit more time to get organised and have a bit more training and practice," Savage said.
"I think we will be of comparable strength to last season and we expect a good test against Legana who have had a bit of a change of the guard and have picked up a few as well and are always very experienced."
LEGANA captain Matthew Wells said the Durhams looked forward to the challenge of playing the reigning premier on its home ground.
"It will give us a good gauge of where we are at early in the season and we are looking for Cory Taylor, Sam Howe and Dylan Sharman to build on last season's performances for the club."
Wells welcomed back former dual-premiership player Brendan Walker after a two-year absence saying his all-round abilities would be a great asset for the club.
He said Gary McCarron will have a change or role beefing up the middle order as an experienced campaigner and bowling- wise former premiership medium- pacer Michael Dunn will lead from the front as vice-captain.
Mark Gleeson will also get his chance to impress with the ball after earning his spot following consistent performances in A-reserve over previous seasons.
HADSPEN V TREVALLYN
HADSPEN takes on Trevallyn in its season-opener with coach Tom Walker expecting a tight contest against their traditional rivals.
Walker said his team would be similar to last year with a couple of new faces including wicketkeeper-batsman Troy Clark, from Legana.
"I'm going in pretty confident and if we do all the basics we should be thereabouts," he said.
Trevallyn captain-coach Damian Whybrow said his side was looking forward to the season start after a good pre-season and a practice match against Legana last week.
"All of our bowlers did well and our batters and it gave me a look at some of our new players so it was a really good hit-out and it's an exciting time for the club this year," he said.
"Hadspen are a bit of an unknown but have picked up a few and Tommy Walker who will be handy for them opening the bowling but at the end of the day we just have to worry about our own game."
Whybrow said recruits Michael Hall and Glen Gleeson had settled in well as had Shaun Cooper, another opening bowling option.
UNI-MOWBRAY V LONGFORD
UNI-MOWBRAY has been hit by player unavailability with up to eight players likely to be missing for its opening round clash with Longford at University Oval.
Shane Evans will not play, Richard Austen is out injured and Jack Whelan is another among those missing due to work.
LONGFORD will field a strong side under captain-coach Stuart Prewer with the Tigers dedicating the game to former club captain, coach and life member Ken McWilliams who passed away recently.
Prewer said Dean Stephens would miss but the bulk of the team was available with right- arm off-spinner Robert Moore another recruit, originally from Westbury, but returning after a few years off.
DIGGERS V ACL
DIGGERS host ACL at Hagley with captain-coach Andrew Fitz hopeful of a first-up win and planning to add a couple of more recruits in the coming weeks.
"At the moment we've got a good bowling side and reasonable batting with a few all-rounders who aren't recognised batsmen but who can score runs," he said.
"Mark Sowden our opening bowler is one of the best in the comp, I've been impressed with the Davie brothers from George Town and Dave Tulloch at the top of the order is an aggressive player who I'm looking to get us off to a good start each week."
ACL captain-coach Sean Barry said the club had retained the nucleus of last year's side but would be without a few experienced players in Scott Bennett and Harry Claridge for the first few weeks.
They have picked up Burnie batsman Ryan Gates who will be a valuable addition and Nathan Barry as a wicketkeeper-batsman.
Barry said he will be relying on Nick Filce with the bat and Ben Stonehouse with the ball this week.