Keith Wyatt looks to a new proud cricketing future for Murwillumbah at Rabjones Oval.
Keith Wyatt looks to a new proud cricketing future for Murwillumbah at Rabjones Oval.

Wyatt new coach for M'bah cricket

MURWILLUMBAH Cricket Club has been hit for six in a disappointing opening to the 2009/10 LJ Hooker League season.

The stalwart Tweed District outfit looks a shadow of its former self.

The club is yet to register a win, and its players are quickly earning the unflattering reputation of whipping boys.

Now the club, like the first-graders, need somebody to pull them out of their slump.

Enter Level 3 coach Keith Wyatt as club co-ordinator for the coming 12 months. Wyatt’s role will be to assist MCC in becoming a force in local cricket once again.

“The club has started the season poorly and is keen to reverse the current form and image,” Wyatt said. “The club has a strong junior base with many playing in south-east Queensland and northern NSW representative teams, but the senior guys are letting the crop down.”

Among the many items on Wyatt’s agenda will be assisting the rejuvenation of the first-grade squad.

“The LJ Hooker League presents a great opportunity to lift the profile of the game and players in the region,” he said.

“The competition is the biggest in regional NSW.

“Murwillumbah and Pottsville alike have to work at being competitive for their club and competition.”

Murwillumbah is making that effort now by addressing the issue and appointing a co-ordinator.

“Simply put, until now the first-grade squad just hasn’t been working. They are not working hard at training and not working together on the pitch,” Wyatt said.

“There are some keen youngsters in the squad, but they rely heavily on direction from the few seniors.

“Stalwarts Aaron Chapman and captain Matt Parker have been competitive, and with a proper training regime things can turn around.”

League officials are now insisting that to play first grade, players must attend a team training session once a week, consisting of a net and fielding session.

Players must also be at the ground at least 40 minutes prior to a match and be prepared to take part in a team warm-up.

“If players do respond to the challenge, Murwillumbah can again be competitive,” Wyatt said.

“The option of course is to call on the ranks of other talented juniors for a premature rise to first-grade ranks.”

However MCC is reluctant to take that course, as many are still quite young.

This afternoon the embattled club faces South Tweed at Dave Burns Field in what is traditionally a hard-fought derby contest.

However with the Colts’ big guns starting to fire, it could be a long afternoon for Parker and his troops as they continue to search for their maiden victory.

The action begins at 1pm.

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