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BRUCE: It was a successful Term 3 by any reasonable standards for Bruce Hall, having numerous top 4 places and coming close to breaking the podium in the overall standings. As such, Bruce men are eager to continue this fine form into term 4 and the cricket season. Their list is nothing like last years though, with a huge influx of new players. Darash Singh looks like he’ll be a strong candidate for an opening batsmen with new face all-rounder Sagar Joshi also looking to slip into that top order. Bruce’s bowling line-up looks quite different, yet dangerous. Alrick Campbell will be sure to highlight his blistering pace, as will left hand utility Anthony Ricci. Jono Evans will likely return and as one of Bruce’s finest weapon. Last years skipper has left Bruce, leaving big shoes to be filled by incoming captain, Errol Gracias – a typical middle order batsman/ wicket keeping player. Following a disappointing cricket season last year, the Bruce men will want to ensure that history does not repeat itself. They seem to have the players for improvement.

BURGMANN: The dominant Burgmann side consistently destroyed opposing sides last year, with a wealth of talent in the now second year group. Coach Gus Forth will pair up with Dan Gorry for a menacing fast bowling attack. In addition, the side has experienced a useful influx of first year talent. Nick Benecke will provide useful spells of his left arm medium-fast, while Will Crammond has high expectations on his shoulders coming in, as he will coach alongside Forth. Gus Hamilton and Dev Tiwari will be looking for even more runs this year, as ex-ressie Eddie Bernasconi will be back to add some x-factor. Watch out for Zack ‘James Hopes’ Domrow, who picked up a bag of wickets with his accurate bowling.

BURTON AND GARRAN: Despite finishing in second place last year, coach Aman Dhingra could be taking over a B+G cricket team in a transitional period, as multiple injuries and ressies moving out has decimated the Redbacks XI. Self-proclaimed ‘cricketing genius’ Max Brighton will likely lead the way with the bat and keep, while Dhingra himself will open the bowling. Brad Vallette, Colin Watson and Jacob Campbell will hope to reclaim their spots from last year in the middle order, while Jordie Pettit is rumoured to make an appearance to take the place of the injured James Grant. The likes of Isaac Brown and David Stock will also compete for spots, and Dhingra will be keen to replace the scary opening pair of Tim Bovaird and Connor Kelly who have moved on from B+G.

FENNER: After a disappointing last year, the Fenner cricket team will be looking to rise strongly out of a tough pool. With the addition of Tim Bovaird from B&G, and some very talented first years, there could be a lot of improvement in this Fenner team. With the core batting of Shaneel Parikh, Sachit Barooah and Tim Heaney from the last few years still around for one more tilt, this could be Fenner’s year to surprise the other colleges.

GRIFFIN: Big runs and big guns is the motto of Griffin cricket this year. The side has a huge in with the return of Sam Carters from exchange. With a famous sporting brother, the Griffin fans will hope he can replicate such high achievement. James Mount will be looking to hopefully get off the mark more consistently this year. Jimmy Aggression might remember to bring a box this year after using a soccer shin pad last year, not serving him so well against some Johns pace bowling. Stephen Kenny has been inspired by Mitchell Johnson to take up pace bowling as in his words “how hard could it be? I’m tall, mean and ugly just like Johno.” Sean Cunningham will be providing quality banter of course, what could go wrong?

JOHNS: The Johns cricket team will be lead by stalwart Owen Chivers, and will be looking to improve on last year’s result. Chivers would have to be one of the most talented players in the competition. Meanwhile, Kyle Wood and Sam Wen Hua Huang are set to shake up the team with their stifling pace bowling. Wood’s renowned chat and bants is sure to be present. Also keep an eye out for Mohan Korber, one of the better batsmen in the side. Jack Brandling will be a very useful player as well for the side in sky blue.

URSIES: The Ursies side scared Burgmann early in their first match of the season. The top order batsmen looked in control, dispatching some of the competition’s better bowlers around the ground. The team dynamic seems very impressive. Jason Riley and Gabe Cooper have a bit to give the side, while Matt Edwards is expected to add considerable talent to the side. This side can undoubtedly cause an upset if teams underestimate them.

UNI LODGE: News from the Uni Lodge camp has been as infrequent as Shane Watson reaching double digits.

Prediction:

1. Burgmann
2. Johns
3. B&G
4. Griffin
5. Ursies
6. Bruce
7. Fenner
8. Uni Lodge