Marist to have clearer view after Beavers clash

George GoodwinSouth Western Times
The Blues were in terrific form last weekend.
Camera IconThe Blues were in terrific form last weekend. Credit: Justin Fris

Marist looked impressive during the opening round of Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association’s T20 matches on Saturday.

However, Saturday’s opening 45-over home clash against the Eaton Beavers could give the Blues a true indication of their pre-season progress.

The Beavers looked good on their home turf against Colts last weekend, with Jamie Martin shining with the bat.

With input from experienced trio James Hillery, Clint Hewson and Liam Renton, the Beavers again look to be a tough proposition this season.

The Blues missed the finals last season, but have picked up a couple of useful recruits including Dalyellup Beach all-rounders Corey Fagan and Dan Lomax.

At Hay Park East, the Redbacks host Leschenault, with both sides tipped to field strong sides.

Leading the charge for the hosts will be English all-rounder John Richardson, who is fresh from a sound season in the Liverpool and Districts League in the UK.

While back home, Richardson snapped up 47 wickets at an average of 9.85, along with his 667 runs.

Ahead of the clash, Redbacks president Steve Florance is upbeat about Hay Park’s chances.

“We are looking forward to success in the First Grade this season,” he said. “Especially with the nucleus of last season’s side returning, which will be bolstered by the recruits.”

Florance is likely to open the Redbacks batting with new recruit Richardson followed by skipper Jono Whitney and the talented Michael Tassone.

The Green Caps, who finished in the top four last season, had mixed fortunes last week, however they are tipped to be contenders.

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