Waddikee/Warramboo expected to dominate new Le Hunte Cricket Association season

CHAMPIONS: The victorious Waddikee/Warramboo A grade side following last season's grand final. Picture: Jean Spence
CHAMPIONS: The victorious Waddikee/Warramboo A grade side following last season's grand final. Picture: Jean Spence

The Le Hunte Cricket Association's four teams are ready to begin another summer of cricket, with the 2019-20 season starting this Saturday.

Players from Waddikee/Warramboo, Western Districts, Wudinna and Kyancutta are putting in final preparations ahead of the opening round as the WaddiBoos look to retain their crown.

Waddikee/Warramboo dominated the A grade season last season and completed the job in the finals to down Western Districts in the decider, while the B grade side made it count at the business end of the campaign with a grand final victory against Wudinna.

Association president Wade Shepperd said the players were ready to get out to the middle once more, and he expected the WaddiBoos to remain the dominant force.

"Preparations are done and the teams are ready to go," he said.

"I think [Waddikee/Warramboo] will be the team to beat again, but it could be pretty similar to last year and it should be a good season coming up.

"Western Districts made the grand final, but I think Kyancutta and Wudinna will also be around the mark - it was a pretty good competition last year and not a lot in it, the next three teams should be pretty close."

Mr Shepperd, a Western Districts player, said there would be no major changes to the structure of the competition, which runs through to a March 21 grand final at Wudinna and will consist of both A and B grades.

He said WaddiBoos captain and all-rounder Tyler Chapman, plus leg spin bowler Lubin Stringer would be players to watch out for from the champions.

Mr Shepperd said teammate Angus Gunn - an all-rounder - and Julian Gosling would be out to impress, while Jordan Stutley and Ty McKenna hope to make runs for Kyancutta.

He said Wudinna could look to the batting prowess of Steven Westlake and Darryl Marshall to propel the team forward.

Le Hunte will also be taking part in the Henderson Shield during the season.

Having recorded a win and a defeat in the 2018-19 edition, Mr Shepperd hopes to see Le Hunte make a splash in the tournament.

"We hope to be competitive and are looking to be around the mark once again," he said.

"We may struggle with a B grade side, but the A grade should be good."

Round 1 sees Kyancutta and Wudinna meet at Kyancutta, with Western Districts hosting Waddikee/Warramboo at Minnipa.