Marist open their Bunbury and Districts Cricket Association first grade title defence away to Colts in Saturday’s mouthwatering contest at the Bunbury Recreation Ground. Although a rematch of last season’s grand final, the Blues will enter the clash with fresh faces. “We’ve got a few new players,” Blues club president Brayden Clarke said. “Obviously we lost our skipper Kyle Davis, Dan Lomax, Cooper Clarke-Dehring, who will play for Rockingham-Mandurah this year and Cole Sawyer — so there’s four out of our grand final team from last year. “However, we’ll be getting two overseas players, who played alongside me in the UK, so it’ll be good for them to come over and experience a different side of things. “We’ve picked up Jaxon Sims, a young wicketkeeper-batter from Eaton, along with Corey Fagan, who is back playing full-time, and will be a handy addition.” Along with playing responsibilities, all-rounder Clarke has taken on the role of president this season and hopes his side can gain positive momentum with a win on Saturday. Colts skipper Josh Topliss is also confident his side will be competitive on Saturday, with new Peel recruit Adam France likely to cause plenty of headaches for rival batters. “I’m really excited at the depth we have again this year,” he said. “We’re really keen to see guys like Morgan Baxter, Sam Allen and Ashy (Ashton) Goodwin get more of a hit throughout the year as well.” At the Eaton Sports Ground, there will be no shortage of emotion and reflection, as Eaton and Leschenault players pause to remember the life of Bobtails master blaster Jake Rudd, who tragically died on Saturday. Both sides will fancy finishing in the top four this year and know banking wins prior to Christmas could go a long way towards achieving this goal. Fixtures First grade (Saturday, 12:30pm) Colts v Marist at Bunbury Recreation Ground, Eaton v Leschenault at Eaton Sports Ground, Hay Park v Collie at Hay Park #1.