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Junior focus for Souths, Easts night comp crusades

Dylan Cleaver will now become a senior member of the South Services night cricket team as they look to develop their burgeoning juniors.
Dylan Cleaver will now become a senior member of the South Services night cricket team as they look to develop their burgeoning juniors. Matthew Elkerton

NIGHT CRICKET: South Services will continue their 2016-17 plan of nurturing junior talent within their ranks as they combat GDSC Easts in round two of the Cleavers Mechanical Night Cricket competition from 5.45pm at McKittrick Park tonight.

Night cricket captain Tom Kroehnert says the competition under lights provides the perfect opportunity for the club's emerging youngsters to be exposed to top quality cricketers.

"We have to bring the young fellas in to give them a crack," he said.

Kroehnert says if the side can focus on developing their juniors into class cricketers, winning matches would soon follow.

"We want to develop these young blokes, if we can do that we will definitely be competitive this season," he said.

"We go into the competition with no expectations - we will just play it by ear."

Their round two opponents GDSC Easts are planning a similar junior tactic, bringing youngsters up through the ranks while basing their outfit on a nucleus of six first grade players.

"We want to have those same six or seven first grade blokes in the team while we bring these young guys up around them," Easts selector Ben Hill said.

"Young guys like Jacob Ellis and Jackson Grieve who have played night cricket before will now take on bigger roles in the side."

Round 2 Teams

South Services: L Sullivan, D Cleaver, R Green, B Sevil, J Peady, T Kroehnert (C), M Dalton, C Cleaver, B Scott, Z Wheatley, J Amos, J Kelleher.

GDSC Easts: A Latham (c), T White, A Spies, R Spies, J Ellis, J Grieve, T Cropp, P Slattery, R Hebbard, J Martin, H Cameron, B Johnson.

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