Melville Cricket Club faces Claremont-Nedlands and Willetton in weekend double header

Melville Cricket Club faces Claremont-Nedlands and Willetton in weekend double header

Melville steps up to the crease

THE Melville Cricket Club will begin its campaign away to Claremont-Nedlands on Saturday after rain prevented it from taking the field against South Perth in round one.

The Tigers fell in the semi-final last year and look likely to again challenge for the title this season.

Keagan Africa has been acquired from University in a coaching and playing capacity to boost the bowling stocks for Claremont-Nedlands, while the Tigers’ powerful batting line-up remains largely unchanged.

Prominent youngsters Tim David and Nick Hobson have returned from England with runs in the bank, with former Claremont-Nedlands junior Cameron Steel following the pair, returning from Middlesex.

Matt Kelly will lead the attack after a stellar 2016 that was rewarded with a Western Warriors Rookie Contract.

Melville will back up against Willetton on Sunday.

The Dragons finished second last season and secured the services of both Aaron Harwood and Darcy Short in a busy winter.

Many view Willetton as early premiership favourites and this contest will provide an early barometer of Melville’s chances this season.