We take a look at some of the match ups, provide some of the ins and outs of respective teams and preview the players to keep a close eye on this season.
Ginininderra vs Eastlake – Kippax, Saturday 10am
Captains: Rhys Healy (GCC), Paul O’Malverney (ECC)
Coaches: Matthew Phelps (GCC), Adam Tett (ECC)
The reigning Douglas Cup champions are the team the competition is chasing this summer. Having lost some bowling stocks in the offseason they will be looking for the players to fills some big shoes but their batting line up of Healy, Misic, Faram and Watling will be ready to set bigger totals to defend with willow in hand. Eastlake will be looking to bounce back after a somewhat challenging season in 2018/19. They have had a taste of finals cricket and will be looking to go one better this year.
Player/s primed for a big season: Rhys Healy (GCC), Praveen Mathai (ECC)
North Canberra Gungahlin vs Queanbeyan – Keith Tournier Memorial Oval, Saturday 10am
Captains: Chammod Herath (NCGCC) and Mark Solway (QDCC)
Coaches: David Marjoribanks (NCGCC), Peter Solway (QDCC)
The squad at North Canberra Gungahlin looks similar to 2018/19 but have lost the promising Josh Low-McMahon to Weston Creek Molonglo. After a disappointing 2018/19 campaign they will be looking to start the season with a bang against the Blue Baggers this weekend. Queanbeyan have been bolstered by the inclusion of Brad Smith from Goulburn who was very economical in zone representative cricket in 2018/19. This young line-up will be better for the experience from last season and are expecting big things from be Tyler Van Luin with bat and ball who took over 40 wickets last season.
Player/s primed for a big season: Esam Rahman (NCGCC) and Tyler Van Luin (QDCC)
Tuggeranong Valley vs West Districts – Chisholm, Saturday 10am
Captains: Shane Devoy (TVCC) and Callum Taylor (WDCC)
Coaches: Greg Lemin (TVCC), Blake Dean (WDCC)
Arguably the game of the round. Tuggeranong will boast a team without a Floros for the first time in many years after Jason, Benji and Tim moved to Queensland. The remainder of the team looks similar to last year with the inclusion of several high performing 2nd grade players from last year. Shane Devoy will again lead with Bat and Ball for a competitive Tuggeranong team. Western Districts have been bolstered by the inclusion of Scott Murn from ANU. He will balance out a very strong all round team with his solid contributions with bat and ball. Wests will again be competitive via the performances of DB Robin medallist Ethan Bartlett who dominated the competition in all formats with bat & ball in 2018/19.
Player/s primed for a big season: Nikesh Joseph (TVCC), Nic Broes (WDCC)
Weston Creek Molonglo vs ANU – Stirling, Saturday 10am
Captains: John Rogers (WCMCC) and Daniel Leerdam (ANU)
Coaches: John Rogers (WCMCC), Ben Ryan (ANU)
A tough assignment for the young, talented ANU side first Up. Weston Creek Molongolo field the strongest and most experienced team on paper with Rogers, Trickett, Bloomfield, Medhurst and Myburgh with plenty of big game experience and influencing many games last season. They will be boosted with the inclusion of up and coming batsman Josh Low-McMahon. An exciting ANU side will be looking for the young guns of Felix Ford, Angus Jones and Angus Tarpey to stand up with their captain, Leerdam, against a potent attack. ANU are bolstered by the return of Ben Mitchell who returns from Sydney Premier cricket for this season and Randall Starr, former ACT Comets player. Having blooded a number of young players last season, ANU will be keen to make their mark on the competition this year.
Player/s primed for a big season: Josh Low-McMahon (WCMCC), Daniel Leerdam (ANU)
The first grade competition promises to be fierce in 2019/20 as the players vie for the opportunity to gain selection in the ACT team which will compete in the Australian Country Cricket Championships for the first time in many years. Good luck to all players and teams across all grades who commence their season on Saturday!