Franklin confident his kids can step up

IT’S been a tough season for the Greta Cricket Club A-grade team.

It has been the whipping boy of the WDCA, having gone winless in the first eight rounds of the season.

But despite those results, Greta captain Jarrod Franklin is confident that his team has the ability to turn things around.

“It’s been a tough year results wise,” Franklin said.

“Our batting pressure just hasn’t been there and we haven’t posted big enough totals to defend,” he said.

“There have been some games where we haven’t been competitive and other games where we’ve been unlucky not to get a win.”

Franklin’s team may be young but some of those youngsters are coming into ominous form.

“I think we have five guys under 22, so we have quite a young side,” he said.

“A few of the guys have been playing the North East Country Cricket week representing Wangaratta and have done really well.

“Nick Pell has been the leading runscorer for Wangaratta in the under- 17 grade, so hopefully he can continue that good form into our next match.”

Greta will come up against Rovers United at the W. J. Findlay Oval today in a game that could go either way.

Rovers have managed three wins throughout the season, their last coming against local rivals Wangaratta Magpies in a T20 match just before Christmas.

Rovers captain Jacob Schonafinger said he wanted to keep Greta winless for at least another week.

“I can’t imagine any team going winless for a season, but we’re just hoping to keep it that way this week,” Schonafinger said.

“We’ve had mixed results against Greta over the past few years, so we certainly won’t be taking them lightly.

“Our team has been in a similar position before, going a long period without a win, but if we play the way we’ve been training we shouldn’t have too many problems.

“We’ve had three sessions since the new year so everyone is up and about for this game.”