PEOPLE haven’t had a great chance to check out Centennials Bulls this season and in the eyes of City Colts captain Matt Stephen that makes them a team to treat with caution in this Saturday’s Bathurst District Cricket Association first grade match.
Colts are looking to build off last round’s win over St Pat’s Old Boys when they play Centennials at home on Loco Oval but know they will need to be at their best against a team who are chasing points in a hurry.
Stephen, who comes back into the team after vice-captaining Western at the Country Championships, is interested see what Bulls bring to the table.
“I’ve been lucky enough to play with the Gurney boys [Ryan and Joel] in the Regional Bash. There’s Browny [Andrew Brown], who doesn’t too much away with his batting and is great at the top of the order,” he said.
“They’ve got Nashy [Jem Nash] bowling and Percy [Raveneau] but outside of that I don’t know too much about them.”
It’s that C word – consistency – that continues to plague the Colts.
While they picked up the win over Pat’s it was a result that ended up being much closer than it should have been due to a mid-order collapse.
One thing that’s certain to lift the spirit of the side is the naming of in-form batsman-keeper Jaden Ekert to the Bathurst representative side.
The top order batsman has notched up back-to-back innings of 107 and 70.
Ekert will join fellow Colts man Dan Casey in Bathurst’s President’s Cup opener against the Blue Mountains on Sunday.
Stephen was thrilled to see Ekert given the nod.
“It’s great and he deserves it,” he said.
“He’s been scoring runs and scoring them well. He deserves his opportunity there towards the top of the order and I’m sure he’ll take it with both hands and give it his best shot.”
Paceman Jacob Bognuda will be another welcome addition to the Colts lineup.
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