ANU Cricket Club

Despite the loss of some key players, most impact players remain at ANU. Dan Leerdam and Ben Mitchell are expected to lead the way with the bat and ball. Nick Groenewegen was brilliant in certain moments throughout the season and will be searching for consistency. Hanno Jacobs is the player to watch for the students.

First Grade Men

Coach: Ben Ryan
Captain: Daniel Leerdam
Players in: Chris Zhang
Players out: Angus Jones, Lewis Evans, Will Todd
Player to watch: Hanno Jacobs

 

Eastlake Cricket Club

Former Zimbabwean international Vusi Sibanda leads the way for Eastlake for the new season. The acquisition of young talent Tom Keller is certainly a player to keep an eye on, while Tom Henry remains the player to watch at the top of the order – he has produced some electric displays with bat in hand but will be searching for consistency this season.

The Eastlake Women will be looking to repeat their efforts from last season where they claimed both the Glenda Hall Shield and Lynne O’Meara Cup competitions. Former ACT Meteor Amy Jason-Jones takes over as coach this year while Claire Murray is their key player with ball in hand.

First Grade Men

Coach: Adam Tett
Captain: Vusi Sibanda
Players in: Tom Keller, Andrew Glover, Archie Wearne
Players out: Paul O’Malveney
Player to Watch: Tom Henry

Women

Coach: Amy Jason-Jones
Captain: Liz Edwards & Janet King
Players in: Lucy McKelvie Hill
Players out: Elizabeth Diedricks
Player to watch:  Claire Murray

 

Ginninderra Cricket Club

After making his Comets debut last season, Rhys Healy will look to continue his dominance at club level. Jak Willcox will be hoping for a return to his 2018-19 form missing most of last season through injury. Brad Thomas will look to back up his superb breakout season in 1st Grade last year with bat and ball.

Caitlin Galeano will be chasing another big year with the bat, backed up by her sister Jess Galeano with the ball. Watch out for Sophie Gould who started to find her feet with bat and ball in the women’s competition last season.

First Grade Men

Coach: Matthew Phelps
Captain: Rhys Healy
Players in: Nil
Players out: Josh Watling
Player to watch: Brad Thomas

Women

Coach: Justin Murray
Captain: Caitlin Galeano
Players in: Nil
Players out: Nil
Player to watch: Sophie Gould

 

North Canberra Gungahlin Cricket Club

North Canberra-Gungahlin are undergoing a year of change, with many players moving in and out of the club. Despite this, mainstay Harrison Jones will be hoping for another good year after taking 25 wickets at 21.60 last season. He will look for able support from Sam Taylor and Finn McGurk.

Several players have joined North Canberra-Gungahlin Women. Captain and Key Player Rebecca Maher can turn any game on its head as she demonstrated against Weston Creek Molonglo last season, scoring 99 off just 87 deliveries.

First Grade Men

Coach: Grant Forrest
Captain: Grant Forrest
Players in: Labib Mahmud, Shehan De Silva, Ryan Emmerick, Asef Attique, Ankur Siwach
Players out: Esam Rahman, Andrew Glover, Assad Vala, Kiplin Doriga, Angus Tarpey
Player to watch: Ryan Emmerick – A former junior NSW representative, Ryan joins the club from Campbelltown. The middle order bat and off spin bowler has turned heads in preseason and is set for a big year.

Women

Coach: Adelaide Jones
Captain: Bec Maher
Players in: Kirsten Burrowes, Bec Hoodless, Charlee Purvis, Erin Hogan
Players out: Maddy McGarry, Sruthi Yeruva, Kristi Lee
Player to watch: Erin Hogan - Erin joins Norths this season from her home town of The Rock near Wagga. Erin has representative experience and will bolster the top order as well as providing handy off spin.

 

Queanbeyan District Cricket Club

A perennial contender in all competitions, Queanbeyan will once again be a title threat this season. The additions of Will Todd and Esam Rahman from ANU and Norths respectively will add to an already strong team. Dean Solway will be expected to lead from the front again having scored over 500 runs last season while Tyler Van Luin was the club’s main threat with the ball, taking 27 wickets.

First Grade Men

Coach: Peter Solway & Mark Higgs
Captain: Mark Solway
Players in: Will Todd, Esam Rahman
Players out: Tom Kellar
Player to watch: Tyler Van Luin

 

Tuggeranong Valley Cricket Club

After somewhat of a re-building year for Tuggeranong Valle, former ACT Meteors coach David Drew has been recruited as the new coach for the club. Three key recruits in Josh Staines, Lewis Evans and Angus Jones will strengthen their starting line heading into the new season. 2019/20 DB Robin Medalist Shane Devoy will once again be a key player for the club while Michael Barrington-Smith continues to be one of the most underrated players in the competition, consistently scoring runs year in year out.

From the Women’s perspective, Rebecca Gordon takes the reigns as captain for Tuggeranong Valley while Elizabeth Coper-Jones has chosen to focus on club cricket this year and is a genuine match winner for the club.

First Grade Men

Coach: David Drew
Captain: Blake Ivery
Players in: Josh Staines, Lewis Evans, Angus Jones
Players out: Tom Vane Tempest
Player to watch: Michael Barrington-Smith

Women

Coach: David Drew
Captain: Rebecca Gordon
Players in: Thanushri Sumanaweera
Players out: Jamie Kneebone, Annie Toole, Tayah Hancock, Yas Welsford, Vanida Kiraly
Player to Watch:  Elizabeth Coper-Jones

 

Western District – UC Cricket Club

After claiming the ACT Premier Cricket First Grade Men’s Twenty20 and two-day competitions as well as the Club Championship by a record margin, Western Districts will be looking to repeat their impressive feats in 2020/21. Club coach Blake Dean was the most destructive batsman in the competition last year, leading the way with the most sixes across all formats, while Scott Murn is expected to excel following his promotion to vice-captain.

Western Districts have been the most successful women’s team in the competition in recent history despite Eastlake claiming both titles last year. Cherie Taylor remains a constant threat with the bat while the additions of the talented Diedricks sisters will be a good addition to the squad.

First Grade Men

Coach: Blake Dean
Captain: Joe Cooke
Players in: Luke Powell
Players out: Josh Staines, Blake MacDonald
Player to watch: Scott Murn

Women

Coach: Clinton Lillepruun
Captain: Alisa Clark
Players in: Elizabeth Diedricks & Catherine Diedricks (Eastlake)
Players out: Amanda Baker, Stacey Goode
Player to watch: Grace Kuchlmayr

 

Weston Creek Molonglo

A side always difficult to beat at home, Weston Creek Molonglo will be looking for a successful start to the season when they face Western District in the opening round. Boasting both of last year’s top two competition run scorers, Robbie Trickett and John Rogers, Weston Creek Molonglo will be hoping their key players can repeat last year’s early season form. Blake Faunce and Zak Keogh are talented youngsters to keep an eye on as they look to establish themselves in an experienced team.

Weston Creek Molonglo Women are a very talented and youthful squad, led by captain coach Kelly Rowlings, who is looking to make a big impact this season after suffering injury setbacks last year. 15-year-old Grace Lyons will be a constant threat, proving why she is one of the leading female talents in the region.

First Grade Men

Coach: Greg Quilliam
Captain: John Rogers
Players in: None
Players out: None
Player to watch: Robbie Trickett

Women

Coach: Kelly Rowlings
Captain: Kelly Rowlings
Players in: None
Players out: None
Player to watch: Grace Lyons