SPRING is in the air. And while much of Melbourne is in the grip of football finals fever, Andrew Walton is preparing for another busy summer with Prahran Cricket Club.
On the back of one of the club’s most successful season’s last year – it was the first time in 30 years the top three grades all made finals – Walton is backing the same group to again deliver success.
‘‘We informed the players at our presentation night that we’re not actively recruiting for the coming season,’’ Walton says.
‘‘With the performances of our younger players coming through, they’ve been able to establish themselves as quality senior players, so we said ‘over to you guys, you deserve a chance’.’’
Some of those promising youngsters include Jack Taylor, who at 17 has already tasted first 11 cricket, and Adam Hutton who is part of Victoria’s under-19 squad. Both are chances to break into the team which lost Brendan McGuinness, who is coaching sub-district club Oakleigh, and opening bowler Paul Sealey, who retired.
‘‘Last year we were able to make the finals in all formats of the game, so that’s a goal again,’’ Walton says. ‘‘Given the way the draw’s structured this year with T20’s coming back into the competition for points, and given that we’ve been undefeated in T20 over the past two years, we’d like to think that will be an advantage to us.’’
The club changed it’s traditional pre-season and attended a training camp in Queensland, playing a series of T20 and one-day games against Brisbane grade clubs, something Walton describes as a great success.
‘‘The standard of competition we played against was exceptional and the conditions were wonderful,’’ Walton says.