Ready to go for new Le Hunte cricket season

Kyancutta will be out to defend its Le Hunte Cricket Association crown when the first ball of the 2017/18 season is bowled this Saturday.

Last season Kyancutta finished top of the pile before storming to a 168-run victory in the grand final against Waddikee-Warramboo.

The two teams, along with Wudinna and Western Districts, are fine-tuning preparations for the new season.

Association president Wade Shepperd said the top two from last season should be around the mark once again.

“Footy seems to have just finished and now we are straight into it again,” he said.

“Last season Kyancutta had a pretty good team and were up there along with Waddikee-Warramboo, while Western Districts and Wudinna were evenly matched but struggled against the higher teams.

“I think it should be a good year and think it will be similar to last year with the top two doing well again.”

Shepperd said he expected Kyancutta to lead the way.

“My prediction is for Kyancutta to do well,” he said.

“They have pretty good games with Waddikee-Warramboo but they have a little more polish.”

After impressing with the bat last season to lead the run tally across the league with 531 runs, Jordan Stutley is expected to do well for Kyancutta, while Zac Fitzgerald is another to look out for.

“Jordan Stutley is an Eyre Peninsula representative and along with Zac Fitzgerald are the two main guys,” Shepperd said.

“Both can bat and Zac is good with the ball too.”

Tyler Chapman led the scoring for Waddikee-Warramboo last campaign with 356 runs, in addition to 18 wickets.

That was the third-highest number of wickets, with only team-mates Asher Sampson with 21 and Martin Grocke, 20, claiming more scalps.

“Chapman is a very good player for Waddikee-Warramboo, while Grocke and Asher Sampson are good bowlers,” Shepperd said.

He picked up-and-coming players Mackenzie Best, a left arm bowler, and Josh Horgan – 13 wickets last season – as players to watch from Western Districts, while Wudinna stalwarts Darryl Marshall, Scott Allen and Viv O’Brien are expected to be important figures for the team once again.

Shepperd said there should not be an issue with A grade numbers, although lower numbers in the juniors mean games will be at one location per weekend and teams split up on the day.

The first round sees Kyancutta host Western Districts at Kyancutta, while Waddikee-Warramboo welcomes Wudinna to Warramboo.

The juniors will be at Kyancutta to start the season.

Le Hunte’s opening Henderson Shield match is away to Port Lincoln on December 16, before hosting Far West in Wudinna on January 20.