Walkerston ‘family’ keeps growing as young depth comes in
WALKERSTON’S “big family” just keeps adding quality to its mix, much to the chagrin of its cricket rivals.
When Scrubby skipper Luke Kennedy said his team would have to rely on its depth this season, he had full confidence the players at his disposal would be able to do the job.
And though still early doors, the signs are promising.
In just his second A-Grade start, youngster Maison Staas was given six overs to prove his bowling wares and did not look out of place at the weekend.
Staas went for 27 from six overs, adding a middle order scalp as Scrubby rolled the Sharks for 118.
“Maison is one. He’s played two games now and done really well,” Walkerston all-rounder Jakob Frerichs said.
“He also contributes a lot in the field.”
Riley Jackson and Jacob Christensen are two more youngsters who have been given first grade starts this season and continue to impress in second grade, ready to be called on when needed.
Frerichs believes Scrubby has the right blend of youth and experience to help guide the next generation through their early senior seasons.
“We’ve got a lot of … handy junior players coming through – a couple have made their debuts this season and done very well,” Frerichs said.
“A key thing for us is we’ve had a core group of the past couple of seasons now.
“We’re basically a big family and we get behind and support each other.”
The batting all-rounder believes depth will be as important this season as ever, with 2020 shaping as one of the most even Poole Cup campaigns in recent memory.
“There are four teams who will really be pushing for it,” Frerichs said.
“Every game is really important.
“But in saying that, you look at a team like Pioneer Valley, beating Norths in the T20s, which shows it’s all about which team shows up on the day.”