Captain-coach likes what he sees at the Reds
CRICKET: The future is bright for the Yaralla Cricket Club.
The aim is for the 'Reds' to re-establish itself in the top-tier competition and join The Glen and BITS in the Frenchville Sports Club Capricorn Challenge next season.
Reserves captain-coach Matthew Fairhall said the club has a crop of talented youngsters ready to take the next step.
One of those is Zane Robertson, whose unbeaten 54 against BRITS, on the weekend played a key role in Yaralla winning the T20 reserves competition.
Fairhall, 35, is excited about what lies ahead and the weekend's success is a small step to what the club aims to achieve.
"Us and The Glen were undefeated going into the last game and with only percentage separating us," Fairhall said.
BITS Colts upset The Glen which meant the T20 title was won by Yaralla.
"I am really pleased with our young fellas with Zane Robertson who guided us to victory on the weekend and his younger brother Jake Robertson who has been opening the batting and bowling his off-spinners pretty well," Fairhall said.
"We've got 14-year-old little leg-spinning sensation Matt Perkins who has been bowling first-change and bowling really well.
"We also have got a few classy veterans like Mick Slatter, Dan Ison, Kit Rudolph and Matt Kelly."
While Fairhall said it was disappointing not to have a team in the Cap competition this season, it was in the club's best interest to 'reset'.
"We're really fortunate that we have got guys like Bill Jones and Jack Champion who have really done a great job with the club this year and have got us going in the right direction," Fairhall said.
"We had to make the tough call and not have a Cap team which was hard and we lost a couple of good players like Harry Rideout by doing that, but it's going to put as in a better position going forward.
"Our plan is to have a Cap team come this time next year and our goal is to develop these kids and get as much time into them."
Fairhall said the youngsters are being exposed by either batting in the top order or bowling first change.
"We got and try to get as many overs into them as we can and as many runs as we can to develop them so that come this time next year we're back in the Cap Challenge where we want to be," he said.
Fairhall arrived from Victoria last season and played in various competitions at a high level.
"He can describe me as a journeyman mate and I've played everywhere all around Victoria," he said.
"I started in the country and moved to the city and played some high-level stuff there."
He played at premier junior and sub-districts seniors and has played with and against Australian players Travis Birt and Victorian players Grant Gardiner and Mathew Inness.