Veteran Railways captain Terry Eaton says his club can still be a force in the Albany Cricket Association A-grade competition despite the reigning premiers losing their three star batsmen who have been their backbone for the past three seasons.
Eaton said the Tigers’ ability to replenish their squad would again put them around the mark to defend their premiership.
Only half of the Tigers premiership side are likely to feature in round one with vice- captain and star all-rounder Matt Clothier along with gun top-order batsmen Zane Marwick and Nick Lee all moving to Perth after contributing more than 1200 runs between them last season.
Eaton, who was the hero in the Tigers’ first premiership in over a decade in March, snaring 5-27, will take to the field again and refused to put a time frame on his retirement.
“I’ve been lucky enough I’ve been able to play in my limits game by game,” he said.
The 59-year-old veteran off-spinner forecasted the 2012-13 season to be challenging but was keen to rebuild the club with some exciting new talent set to replace Clothier, Lee and Marwick.
“They will have more responsibility, but instead of getting the runs out of two or three guys we will need to get them out of six or seven,” Eaton said
“I’m optimistic that we will again be in the high range (of the ladder) again.
“Every season we lose players, it’s the nature of the beast, but I’m excited about the young players who are the next tier coming through. We’re in a pretty good spot.”
Marwick moved to the city yesterday to play for the Perth Cricket Club after notching four centuries before he turned 18, including his first ton when he was just 15.
Eaton expected Marwick’s younger brother Coen to come of age this season along with fellow quick Nathan Crudeli. “Coen is really in his third year now and both can be very exciting if they get in their groove. They are starting to make their own way in the game,” Eaton said.
Former captain Sam Newbury will return to the top of the Tigers batting order while stalwart seamer Ryan Tindale and leg-spinner Simon Harvey will once again play key roles.