The Barrier District Cricket League’s (BDCL) new Chairperson, Matthew Apps, had a close-up view of Broken Hill’s cricket prowess as they overpowered Red Cliffs last weekend, all while serving as the umpire at the crease.
“It was a good game by Broken Hill. Unfortunately, Red Cliffs couldn’t bring their best team due to harvesting season,” Mr Apps told the Barrier Truth.
On the performance against Red Cliffs, the BDCL Chairperson was effusive in his praise of the home team, “some of the shots Tobias Hack and Ben Jurd played were some of the best I have seen in the competition since I have been here.”
Mr Apps espoused the importance of representative cricket. “Its big. Just making sure you can represent your local area is so important.”
Despite the comprehensive defeat, Mr Apps confirmed that the appetite for more rep cricket is reciprocated by the Red Cliffs Cricket Association as well.
“The interest is still there for sure. They were, at presentation and drinks into the night, talking about ‘we have top come back at you next year,’ so it is all set for next year.”
Outside of the Red Cliffs representative match, Mr Apps also alluded to more potential representative cricket, although he remained tight lipped on specifics.
Mr. Apps hinted at further developments in representative cricket, suggesting more action to come, although he chose to keep the details under wraps. “I was approached and had talks with some people involved in the game about more rep cricket. We might even get some more interest from clubs in Adelaide wanting to play against us. The interest is there. It’s just a matter of negotiating with other associations to give our best players more opportunities to represent Broken Hill,” he revealed to the Truth.
The BDCL Twenty20 competition kicks off this Friday night with North taking on West on Friday night, followed by South and Central locking horns on Sunday. There is no Saturday cricket this week due to the Silver City Cup.