Millicent cricket battles COVID bouncer barrage

Cricket is set to resume on Saturday in the newly-minted Millicent and Naracoorte Cricket Association but COVID factors may prevent the four matches from going ahead.

The association was set to play its first game for 2022 last Saturday but player unavailability forced administrators to delay play by a week.

Investigations by The SE Voice indicate play is again in jeopardy owing to the number of local cricketers with COVID.

It has been several weeks since the Millicent/Naracoorte association was in action owing to the customary break for the Adelaide test match and the Christmas festive season.

The match-of-the-round is at the seaside where undefeated ladder leader Rendelsham takes on sixth-placed Robe before an anticipated large crowd of holidaymakers.

The visitors can chiefly thank three players for their unblemished record from six outings in the 2021/22 season.

Recruit Jacob Carger and new skipper Jake Wight have starred with bat and ball while Zach Jones has made a pile of runs at the top of the order including a century.

Rendelsham had the services of Essendon AFL footballer Mason Redman for one match while the club has been buoyed by a $11,000 grant from the Federal Government for its sprinkler system.

Robe will look to all-rounder Jordan Pettit to score heavily and take a bag of wickets in order to have any hope of lowering the colours of Rendelsham.

Fifth-placed Furner/Beachport is at home to Naracoorte Warriors at the Furner Oval.

The home side has association president Jase Bateman in good touch along with Gerard McGrath and newcomer Ty McManus.

Mount Burr (third) and Naracoorte Townies (fourth) meet at Naracoorte’s Wortley oval.

Both teams have won four games with Mark Wright and the Bevan brothers featuring for the visitors.

Mount Burr will be looking for a win ahead of the annual Smith/Walker Trophy game against Rendelsham at “Mick” and Jean Walker Oval on January 22.

Lucindale and Millicent Footballers are at the foot of the premiership table with only one win apiece.

They will do battle at Norm Facey Oval at Millicent with finals seemingly out of reach.

The Millicent Black Hats have the bye.

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