First home game for Carps

James Sullivan batting for the A Grade Carps last season.

The Narrandera Carpheads cricket teams will play against the Leeton and District Ferrets this Saturday, with the A grade game starting at 3.30pm and B grade to kick start the day at 1pm.

Both games will be played at the Marie Bashir Park in Narrandera, so the Carpheads cricketers would love to see all local cricket enthusiasts down at the Park to support the A and B grade teams.

Narrandera A grade’s big inclusion in the A grade line-up this weekend is premiership winning wicketkeeper Kurt Jensen.

Carps’ A grade captain Brent Lawrence said it was wonderful to have Jensen playing this weekend given he had been through so much over the past three to four weeks since the passing of his dad Nic.

“To show our support to Kurt and his family we will be wearing black arm bands and having a minute’s silence at the conclusion of the B grade match just prior to the start of the A grade game at 3.30pm to remember Nic and all that he has contributed to the Narrandera community and our cricket club,” Lawrence said.

“Unfortunately I’m out this weekend due to work commitments, so Jono Doyle will captain the A grade team in my absence.”

Lawrence said it was impossible to read into each team’s form too much so early on in the season but historically Leeton and District had a strong rivalry with Narrandera and he was certain that competitive spirit would be present again this weekend.

“They are coming off a loss as well so will be keen to get their season back on track,” he said.

“I think all players in our comp have been calling out for some changes to the competition format for a number of seasons now so the addition of more Twenty20 games can only be a good thing in terms of wider participation in cricket in Leeton and Narrandera.

“The Twenty20 format is also a great way for B graders and young players to make a more comfortable transition into making the step up to A grade cricket,” Lawrence concluded.

B grade captain Dave Kroek agreed that it was exciting that the Twenty20 format had been introduced this year, as well as the A/B grade double headers that will happen throughout the year.

“We had lots of changes from the end of last year, with five or six of our side having played mostly B grade last year.”

“It was good to see Connor Vearing make his A grade debut and Haydn Emerson playing his first game for our club last weekend, with both contributing positively in the field,” Kroek said.

Kroek took 4-12 from his four overs as Yanco fell to 6-46 in last weekend’s A grade match. He said it was always good to win the first game and the Carps were looking forward to their first B/A grade double header at the Park this Saturday.

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