AN excruciatingly long Bathurst District Cricket Association first grade off-season will finally come to a close this Saturday for Centennials Bulls when they face defending champions Rugby Union.
A back-to-back helping of byes prolonged the Bulls cricket-less days and the team will be hungrier than ever to get on the field and show what they can do.
Bulls will be see reduced minutes from key players Aaron Seymour and Josh Toole this season but welcome several exciting Lithgow recruits to the club.
Returning captain Andrew Brown didn’t mind the extra waiting time.
“It’s been a long wait but in that first week we had a few players out so it was probably a good thing that we had the bye,” he said.
“A know a lot of the boys are itching to get going again.”
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Having added Ryan Gurney and Chris Redding to their lineup the Bulls have continued to stock up on Lithgow talent after adding Mick Hutchinson and Joel Redding to their squad.
Hutchinson and Redding provide strong options with ball and bat respectively.
They will be thrown into the deep end against the defending champions who posted a big win over St Pat's Old Boys in the round one grand final rematch.
A know a lot of the boys are itching to get going again.Andrew Brown
Brown believes Rugby will be a good test for both the new and returning Bulls players.
“I don’t think they’ve really lost anyone. If anything they’ve picked up a few more so I think they’ll be right up there again at the end of the year,” he said.
Rain meant Bulls and Rugby only played once last season.
It’s not a two-day fixture Bulls will want to remember in a hurry. With only 143 to chase Bulls were rolled for 56.
Bulls will seek an improved performance when Saturday’s play at George Park 1 starts from 1.30pm.