St Pat's Old Boys face challenge against Bathurst City

ST Pat’s Old Boys have a tough start to their Bathurst District Cricket Association first grade season with a game against defending champions Bathurst City at The Scots School but the Saints are eager to see how their blend of youth and experience plays out.

LET'S START: Connor Slattery and St Pat's Old Boys begin a new Bathurst District Cricket Association first grade season on Saturday. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 013116cu16s1

LET'S START: Connor Slattery and St Pat's Old Boys begin a new Bathurst District Cricket Association first grade season on Saturday. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 013116cu16s1

“It’s actually the game that you want to start the season with,” new captain Brendon Cutmore said.

“We’ve got a mix of young talent and a core leadership group and have wrangled in some experienced heads. Shane Broes is back up and we’ve brought in Luke Mackay. They add a lot of maturity to this side.”

Cutmore said the club’s depth should continue to be a strong point over 2016-17.

“We have a strong club. We won premierships in all grades except firsts last season. Pat’s are looking at development across all grades and that’s the philosophy of our club,” he said.

“We’ll be looking for a bit more consistency from our group this year. We want to compete to our full capacity and be able to walk off the field each day with our heads held high.

“We’re looking at starting young Ben Parsons in first grade and I’d expect Connor Slattery to step up with that year of first grade under his belt. It’s also exciting to be bringing Nic Broes into the first grade fold.”

Pat’s are searching for improvement this season after finishing last in the previous competition.

They will test themselves against last season’s finalists Redbacks and Rugby Union in the opening two weeks.

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