As the 2018/19 cricket season edges closer and closer, the question on every Bathurst cricket fan’s lips echoes across the town. Can St Pats Old Boys go all the way?
What a story it would be, after going excruciatingly close last year, only to be denied by temperamental weather in the dying stages of the final. The young side, which features just three players over the age of 21, will certainly have the belief that they can take out the premiership this season.
The frightening combination of youth and big game experience will surely haunt opposition team’s dreams in the lead up to the beginning of the season. The re-occurring nightmares of Ben Parsons steaming in off the long run, or Adam Ryan whacking delivery after delivery to, and often over the boundary.
The talented, youthful batting order of Nic Broes, Connor Slattery, Dave Cant, Sam Hall, Ben Mitchell, Bailey Brien and new addition Thomas Geyer, along with the cool heads of skipper Adam Ryan and club legend (questionable) Brendon Cutmore, will surely have Bathurst City shaking in their boots. Rugby Union, the defending premiers, will be eager to show that their premiership wasn’t a fluke, and despite their own group of youthful talent, it will be difficult to challenge the stars that make up this St Pats side.
The bowling unit, lead by the intimidating figure that is Ben Parsons, is said to be the main reason for ORC withdrawing from the 1st Grade competition, and who would blame them. With the heat that Parsons brings, along with the accuracy and very occasional wicket-taking bouncer of Matt Fearnley, and the man who always takes the big scalps, Bailey Webber, it’s not an attack that many would like to face. Throw in the incredible young talents of Ben Mitchell and Tanvir Singh. Wow. Those two are certainly worth keeping an eye on, some serious ability there.
Add to that the threat of Mitch Taylor, a definite star of the future; and although he doesn’t have the best hands in the club, could this year be his breakout season? And who could forget the uncountable contributions of Faizan Ali Thaver. “That’s the one boys,
that’s the one.” As a number of teams discovered he can be quite difficult to shut up at times, which proved to be quite an asset to the Old Boys. Also he’s always up for a KFC or pizza run which is far more important than winning grand finals, right?
However you want to look at it, it’s going to be another very entertaining season of cricket, the best sport in the world. Bring it home Pats!